[At-Large] Fwd: ALAC and accessibility for people with disability

Olivier MJ Crepin-Leblond ocl at gih.com
Tue Oct 16 23:12:00 UTC 2012

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 its
bottom-up policy processes and its communication strategy more
accessible to everyone. Comments welcome!
Kind regards,


-------- 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
CC: 	Cheryl Langdon-Orr <langdonorr@*.com>, Save Vocea <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 with 
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 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

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 systematic way. For 
example, mechanisms could be considered on how to encourage new gTLDs to 
consider accessibility.

Happy to discuss further.


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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