[ALAC] Fwd: ALAC and accessibility for people with disability
Salanieta T. Tamanikaiwaimaro
salanieta.tamanikaiwaimaro at gmail.com
Thu Oct 18 21:50:05 UTC 2012
Thanks Gunela, the Hungary proposal that I had mentioned was their proposal
in terms of the review of the ITRs in WCIT 12.
On Fri, Oct 19, 2012 at 9:44 AM, Gunela Astbrink <g.astbrink at gsa.com.au>wrote:
> Useful update from Sala.
> The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has been
> signed by 154 countries with 125 ratifications and as you say, Sala, the US
> has not ratified yet.
> With regard to WCIT, you might be interested in the ITU-T Resolution 70 on
> telecommunications/ICT accessibility for people with disabilities
> This states that consideration of accessibility should be taken in
> standards development. I'd like to see this integrated approach in ICANN
> processes too. It's more than web accessibility.
> On 19/10/12 4:48 AM, Salanieta T. Tamanikaiwaimaro wrote:
>> 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<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
>> <mailto: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
>> On 17/10/12 8:27 PM, Salanieta T. Tamanikaiwaimaro wrote:
>> Dear Olivier,
>> Gunela is an extraordinary advocate and has consistently raised
>> issues in various foras both nationally, regionally and
>> globally. I will
>> never forget when at a PACINET Annual Conference which is an
>> 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
>> 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
>> 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>
>> <mailto: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
>> Failing, I would ask if any assistive technologies were
>> contemplated at
>> 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> <mailto: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,
>> > accessibility of the new myICANN.org Web site.
>> > I believe there is a deeper implication to make ICANN as
>> well as its
>> > 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
>> > 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> <mailto: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 new
>> > myICANN. That looks like a great site and is intended
>> for the general
>> > public. Thus, people with disability who comprise one
>> 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)
>> 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 for
>> > people with disability (drafted by me).
>> > I'd like to see ICANN also taking this issue on in a
>> 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>
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