[ALAC] Fwd: ALAC and accessibility for people with disability
Salanieta T. Tamanikaiwaimaro
salanieta.tamanikaiwaimaro at gmail.com
Thu Oct 18 17:48:41 UTC 2012
Streaming into the Caribbean WCIT Consultations and learning alot:
Also interesting to note the following:
- There is a United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with
Disabilities on this area, see:
http://www.un.org/disabilities/default.asp?id=150 (Whilst the US signed,
it did not ratify the same. Although other countries have)
- There is a submission by Hungary in the review of the ITRs to add a
component to enable access for disabled persons and they are proposing 8(b)
which countries should get behind as it is central to the issue of Access;
- Whilst there have been other resolutions from the plenipotentiaries,
where it was resolved that a Fund be created, only Cyprus has been giving
money into the that Fund
Much awareness still has to be done apparently for access.
On Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 3:34 PM, Gunela Astbrink <g.astbrink at gsa.com.au>wrote:
> Hi Sala,
> Thank you so much for your kind words. It's good to hear that the session
> I organised at PacINET on accessibility made an impact.
> Faaolo Utumapu from Samoa demonstrated how her screen reading software
> with speech synthesis works and how she can navigate through accessible
> websites. She also demonstrated how barriers are placed in front of her
> when websites are not accessible. For example, if she were to use the
> myICANN website, she would not be able to know to follow certain image
> links if they do not have an alt tag with a description. Nor would she be
> able to read the large image map about Internet governance as it is a jpg
> with no descriptive text.
> Sandra, these are two examples of accessibility errors on the myICANN
> website. The website in itself is user-friendly and I hope that there are
> only a few accessibility issues to fix.
> The W3C WCAG 2.0 guidelines may have been overlooked by the web developers
> but I hope that this is now being dealt with, Carlton.
> It would be great to get feedback from staff about this issue.
> As both Olivier and Sala have intimated, accessibility for people with
> disability will help to make ICANN truly inclusive. It actually goes beyond
> web accessibility of ICANN sites and should be incorporated into wider
> policy and processes even relating to new gTLDs.
> On 17/10/12 8:27 PM, Salanieta T. Tamanikaiwaimaro wrote:
>> Dear Olivier,
>> Gunela is an extraordinary advocate and has consistently raised W3C
>> issues in various foras both nationally, regionally and globally. I will
>> never forget when at a PACINET Annual Conference which is an annual
>> meeting organised by the ALS that I subscribe to in American Samoa last
>> year when I saw this blind Samoan girl conduct a demo with her machine
>> and articulate confidently and articulately her desire for
>> accessibility. Our ALS have a number of advocates who despite the
>> numerous physical challenges continue to make an impact in discussions
>> and in running initiatives in their countries in Tonga, Samoa and Fiji.
>> For the ordinary end user there are elements of accessibility that the
>> global community should consider. I would also like to take this time to
>> thank Gunela for reminding us of this important cause.
>> Warm Regards,
>> On Wed, Oct 17, 2012 at 2:43 PM, Carlton Samuels
>> <carlton.samuels at gmail.com <mailto:carlton.samuels at gmail.**com<carlton.samuels at gmail.com>>>
>> The simple response is to ask staff to verify if the W3C web
>> guidelines were adopted for the website. And if not, why not?
>> Failing, I would ask if any assistive technologies were contemplated
>> all? And if not, what are the plans for remediation.
>> - Carlton
>> Carlton A Samuels
>> Mobile: 876-818-1799
>> *Strategy, Planning, Governance, Assessment & Turnaround*
>> On Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 6:12 PM, Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond
>> <ocl at gih.com <mailto:ocl at gih.com>>wrote:
>> > For your information, please be so kind to find an email sent by
>> one of
>> > our members in Australia regarding accessibility, including
>> > accessibility of the new myICANN.org Web site.
>> > I believe there is a deeper implication to make ICANN as well as
>> > bottom-up policy processes and its communication strategy more
>> > accessible to everyone. Comments welcome!
>> > Kind regards,
>> > Olivier
>> > -------- Original Message --------
>> > Subject: ALAC and accessibility for people with disability
>> > Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 12:12:59 +1100
>> > From: Gunela Astbrink <g.astbrink@*.au>
>> > To: ocl at gih.com <mailto:ocl at gih.com>
>> > CC: Cheryl Langdon-Orr <langdonorr@*.com>, Save Vocea
>> > *.org>
>> > Dear Olivier,
>> > Unfortunately, I won't be at the Toronto ICANN meeting.
>> > I remember we have had discussions about accessibility for people
>> > disability in the past.
>> > The new myICANN website has prompted me to contact you.
>> > The ICANN websites have accessibility errors including the brand
>> > myICANN. That looks like a great site and is intended for the
>> > public. Thus, people with disability who comprise one billion
>> people in
>> > the world should have adequate access.
>> > I was invited to participate in the consultation for a new At-Large
>> > website and hope that it will incorporate accessibility based on
>> the Web
>> > Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) right
>> from the
>> > start. http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/**wcag.php<http://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/wcag.php>
>> > I am very concerned that accessibility should be considered in new
>> > policy or process.
>> > ISOC are about to launch a policy paper on Internet accessibility
>> > people with disability (drafted by me).
>> > I'd like to see ICANN also taking this issue on in a systematic
>> way. For
>> > example, mechanisms could be considered on how to encourage new
>> gTLDs to
>> > consider accessibility.
>> > Happy to discuss further.
>> > Regards,
>> > Gunela
>> > --
>> > Gunela Astbrink
>> > GSA Information Consultants
>> > PO Box 600
>> > Ballina NSW 2478
>> > Australia
>> > Mobile: +61 417 715738 <tel:%2B61%20417%20715738>
>> > Email: g.astbrink at gsa.com.au <mailto:g.astbrink at gsa.com.au>
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> Gunela Astbrink
> GSA Information Consultants
> PO Box 600
> Ballina NSW 2478
> Mobile: +61 417 715738
> Email: g.astbrink at gsa.com.au
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Fiji Cell: +679 998 2851
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