WEBINAR MARCH 26 – Accessible Banking for the Blind in the 21st Century: Experience Sharing from the Developed and Developing Countries

Register on ZoomThink about the different digital services that your bank offers you to pay your bills and do shopping without visiting your bank for months. However, even in this day and age people with blindness in some countries despite knowledge, skills and willingness, have to physically go to the bank branch to do their business because of the stubbornness of the bankers and/or their Ignorance to accessible digital technologies.

Join Internet Society Accessibility Special Interest Group (Accessibility-SIG) in an interesting webinar where people with blindness from developed and developing countries come together to share their experiences with the banking sector in the 21st century.

This discussion is a part of a series of webinars that ISOC Accessibility-SIG is organizing to spread the message of digital accessibility for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs). The current pandemic has highlighted the grave importance of increasing the awareness of how to make digital spaces accessible. During this current Pandemic, where everything is virtual many online platforms, digital environments and even conferences are just not accessible to people with disabilities. Through this series of webinars, we hope to increase the awareness so that the digital spaces can be made more accessible and inclusive to all irrespective of the disability. Our goal is to make sure that the Internet is really for everyone just as the ISOC tagline states. In the next webinar of this series, we are bringing experts and users from around different parts of the world together to discuss the challenges that people with visual impairment/blindness face particularly with regards to the banking system.

DATE / TIME

The webinar will be organized on Friday March 26th from 1300-1430 UTC

AGENDA

Moderator, Muhammad Shabbir Awan (President, ISOC Accessibility SIG)
Welcome and Introduction to SIG by Judith Hellerstein Secretary ISOC Accessibility SIG), (5 mins)
Stage setting by the moderator (3 mins)
Experience Sharing by:
Majid Khan, USA, (7 mins)
Vashkar Bhattacharjee, Bangladesh, (7 mins)
Abdul Qadir, Jordan, (7 mins)
Abdul Busuulwa, Uganda, (7 mins)
Imran Shaikh, Pakistan, (7 mins)
Gerry Ellis, Ireland, (7 mins)
Anatoliy Popko, Russia, (7 mins)
Open discussion, (30 mins)
Wrap up by the Moderator, (3 mins).

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NOTES

  • Although a webinar, this will be in regular Zoom meeting format. Participants are requested to keep video and audio muted unless called on by the moderator.
  • Language of the webinar is English.
  • Zoom will have closed captions also available at https://www.streamtext.net/player?event=CFI-A11YSIG
  • There will be a live webcast with open captions via ISOC.LIVE which will be archived, along with a transcript.
  • Please email info@a11ysig.org with any questions.

MEETING FEB 25 2021: Accessibility Challenges: A conversation with ISOC Armenia

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On Thursday 25 February 2021 at 14:00-15:30 UTC the Internet Society Accessibility Special Interest Group (Accessibility SIG) convenes a meeting with the theme ‘Accessibility Challenges: A conversation with ISOC Armenia‘. All are invited!

TOPICS
1. Internet Availability Center of Blind and Visually Impaired People
2. Internet Radio for People with Visual Impairments
3. A tool for Autistic Children and Children with social anxiety
4. Let’s talk: AAC App for Armenian non-verbal individuals

PARTICIPATE VIA ZOOM https://bit.ly/3oZfjbV (Closed Captions)

REAL TIME TEXT https://www.streamtext.net/player?event=CFI-A11YSIG

LIVESTREAMS (Open Captions )
http://livestream.com/internetsociety/a11ysigcovid5
https://www.pscp.tv/ISOC_Live/
https://www.twitch.tv/isoclive

 
ARCHIVE
https://archive.org/details/a11ysigcovid5

MEETING JAN 17 2021: Digital Accessibility Awareness in times of Covid-19

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On Sunday 17 January 2021 at 14:30-16:00 UTC the Internet Society Accessibility Special Interest Group (Accessibility SIG) will convene a meeting with the theme ‘Digital Accessibility Awareness in times of Covid-19‘. All are invited!

AGENDA
1. Mr. Praveen Misra (India) – Overview of Digital Accessibility and Prominence & Challenges in times of Covid19
2. Ms. Judith Hellerstein (US) – Secretary A11YSIG – Overview of A11ySIG and outreach activities that can be undertaken
3. Ms. Kelly Colman (US) – Accessibility in Home Health Care and the impacts of SDOH” (social determinants of health)
4. Dr. Emmanuelle Gutierrez (Spain) Artificial Intelligence and the importance of accessibility training
5. Mr. Kindy Vereus MONTREUIL (Haïti) – Digital Accessibility between Necessity and Opportunity
6. Discussion & Question Answer

PARTICIPATE VIA ZOOM http://bit.ly/a11ysigcovid (Closed Captions, ASL)

 

LIVESTREAM http://livestream.com/internetsociety/a11ysigcovid (Open Captions, ASL)

REAL TIME TEXT https://www.streamtext.net/player?event=CFI-A11YSIG

TWITTER #accessibility #Covid19  @a11ySIG @InternetSociety #a11y

SIMULCASTS
https://www.pscp.tv/ISOC_Live/
https://www.twitch.tv/isoclive

ARCHIVE
https://archive.org/details/a11ysigcovid

 

WEBINAR DEC 3: Commemorating the International Day of Persons With Disabilities: Building an Accessible Internet for Everyone

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On Thursday 3rd December 2020 at 2pm-3pm EST (19:00-20:00 UTC) the Internet Society Accessibility Special Interest Group (Accessibility SIG) will host a webinar ‘Commemorating the International Day of Persons With Disabilities: Building an Accessible Internet for Everyone‘. This event will bring ISOC leadership and community together to observe the International Day of Persons With Disabilities (IDPD).

The United Nations General Assembly resolution 47/3 proclaimed the annual observance of the IDPD in 1992. The observance of IDPD aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilize support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. The theme for IDPD 2020 is “Building Back Better: toward a disability-inclusive, accessible and sustainable post COVID-19 World”.

SPEAKERS
Andrew Sullivan,Internet Society CEO and President, will be the keynote speaker at the webinar.
Gunela Astbrink, VP Accessibility SIG, will also introduce and present the 2nd edition of the Accessibility Toolkit.

PARTICIPATE VIA ZOOM https://bit.ly/3pzszVX (Captions, ASL)

REAL TIME TEXT https://www.streamtext.net/player?event=CFI-A11YSIG

TWITTER #IDPD2020 @a11ySIG @InternetSociety @SullivanISOC

LIVESTREAM http://livestream.com/internetsociety/idpd2020 (Captions, ASL*)

SIMULCASTS
https://www.pscp.tv/ISOC_Live/
https://www.twitch.tv/isoclive
https://www.facebook.com/InternetSociety/live

ARCHIVE
https://archive.org/details/idpd2020

 

WEBINAR NOVEMBER 19: The Impact of Covid 19 and the switch to virtual meetings on the Deaf and hard of hearing community

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In the third webinar of this series on Accessible Meetings, we bring experts to discuss the challenges of hard of hearing and deaf communities in online world and also to talk about how to turn these challenges into opportunities.

As a reminder the series on Accessible Meetings focused on the need to raise awareness and spread the message of digital accessibility for Persons With Disabilities (PWDs). The current pandemic has highlighted the importance of increasing the awareness of how to make digital spaces accessible, and to have an accessible online meetings. When everything is virtual, many conferences are just not accessible to people with disabilities.

Through this series of six webinars, we hope to increase the awareness so that the digital spaces can be made more accessible and inclusive to all irrespective of the disability. Our goal is to make sure that the Internet is really for everyone, just as the ISOC tagline states.

Title: The Impact of Covid 19 and the switch to virtual meetings on the Deaf and hard of hearing community
Date: 19 November 2020
Time: 09:00-10:30 EST | 1400-15:30 UTC
Participate via Zoomhttps://bit.ly/34NuspP
Language: English

Speakers:
Christian Vogler, Director Technology Access Programs, Gallaudet University
Lidia Best, Chair of National Association of Deafened People ( NADP)
Mark Wheatley, Executive Director, European Union of the Deaf (15 mins)

Moderator: Judith Hellerstein, General Secretary, ISOC Accessibility SIG

Real Time Text: https://www.streamtext.net/text.aspx?event=CFI-A11YSIG
ASL sign language Interpretation shall be available courtesy of Gallaudet University.
Re-transmission on Livestream, Youtube, Facebook Live, Twitch is planned via ISOC.LIVE

This webinar is organized in collaboration with Gallaudet University.

OCTOBER 30: Accessible Social Media and Videos Webinar

Greg ShatanOn Friday 30 October 2020, at 12:00 UTC the Internet Society Accessibility Special Interest Group (A11ySIG) presents a webinar ‘Accessible Social Media and Videos‘.

Social Media and Video content can be a vibrant and engaging way to share information with your audience. Using image descriptions, audio descriptions and captioning you can make your content more inclusive of the disability community.

During this presentation, Greg Shatan, ISOC NY’s President and ISOC Accessibility SIG’s Treasurer will explore how to create accessible social media posts as well as how to write, record and post videos with captioning and audio description.

Accommodations: This meeting will have ASL and Captioning. Users can join via Zoom, Livestream or Phone. Live Remote Participation by Zoom only.

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/2HpOTzZ

Are Your Virtual Meetings Accessible for People with Disabilities? Start with This Checklist

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By Judith Hellerstein

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way humans interact with one another. With an emphasis on less physical interaction and more social distancing, institutions and organizations are moving their work and meetings online.

People with disabilities form about 15 percent of world population, so it is all the more important these online meetings are made accessible.

The Internet Society Accessibility Special Interest Group (Accessibility SIG) aims to make the Internet and its attendant technologies accessible to the largest audience possible, regardless of disabilities. The digital divide is not just about having the access to digital technology, it could also be about having the access to technology and not being able to use it. Our digital products must be usable by all. Many laws and the Internet Society’s vision – the Internet is for everyone – demand that we provide everyone with an equal experience.

The Accessibility SIG is planning a series of seven webinars discussing this very topic. Our first one was titled When Rhetoric Meets Reality: Digital Accessibility, Persons With Disabilities and COVID-19 and was held on May 28.

The way we design and build can make it hard – and sometimes impossible – for people with disabilities to access services and information delivered by our digital products. Accessibility is the practice of designing so that all people, regardless of physical or cognitive ability, can use products successfully.

There are many different kinds of disabilities, but for the purposes of web accessibility, the most relevant types are those that affect the eyes, ears, hands, and brain. (Some examples include visual disabilities, deafness, visual disabilities and deafness, physical disabilities, and cognitive disabilities.)

All of these disabilities affect interactions with digital products and services in different ways. People need to consider accessibility any time they communicate information digitally. Accessibility is not just a concern for websites, apps, and social media. It needs to be front and center for all digital products, whether they are PDFs, PowerPoint presentations, or even virtual events. For virtual meetings and webcasts, it is important to choose a platform that supports accessibility for people that have mobility, vision, hearing, and cognitive disabilities.

Before you host your meeting, you should think about the following:

Is the platform accessible? Some remote participation tools present accessibility barriers that make them unusable by people with disabilities and incompatible with assistive technologies.

Do you have text captioning or sign language interpretations available?

Is the material being shown accessible to all? People with vision impairments use a screen reader and cannot see a shared screen or a video. Make all materials available beforehand or provide a link to them in the chat.

Have you asked invited participants which type of accessibility they need? You can include this question on the registration form.

Will speakers have their cameras on? This enables people who are lip readers follow along.

Is their adequate lighting on the person speaking? People who read lips need to be able to see the person’s lips.

Are presenters using virtual backgrounds? When people use pictures as a virtual background, it can wash away their face.

Are presenters wearing dark colors? Suggest that speakers wear dark-colored clothes so the contrast will be high. Otherwise the lighting on light colors washes out people’s faces.

The Accessibility SIG advocates for an accessibility-first approach to design and development. This means accessibility is not something that should be tacked on just before you launch. It should be a key consideration from the very start.

The first step is adopting the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, also known as WCAG. These guidelines, put together by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), outline the development, design, and content standards products must satisfy in order to be fully accessible. The WCAG guidelines have three levels: A, AA, and AAA. A has the fewest requirements to satisfy, while AAA has the most. The Internet Society is looking to meet the level AA standards, which means that it must also meet the level A standards.

The following guides and checklists were created by NYC Government as an aid to other NYC agencies in creating accessible content. We thought they were extremely helpful and recommend using them:

Web Accessibility Checklist
Accessible Social Media Guide
Accessible Slidedecks Guide
Accessible Documents Guide
Accessible Virtual Meetings Guide
Audio Description and Captioning Guide

Among other factors in the domain of Internet and digital accessibility, a lot depends upon the technical community and developers. So, if you are a developer, and developing a device or a website, you need to ensure that your digital product doesn’t prevent over one billion of world’s population to access or use it. We encourage everyone to adopt accessibility practices when creating any digital content. This includes websites, electronic documents, presentations, videos, social media posts, or online meetings!

Making physical meetings accessible for everyone has always been a challenge due to budgetary and other constraints. Nonetheless, we never shy away from the challenge.

Making an online meeting accessible for people with disabilities costs a lot less than making a physical meeting accessible. It just requires a little will and consideration!

Visit the Accessibility Toolkit page to learn how you can contribute to a more accessible Internet.


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REPORT: Accessibility SIG Global Accessibility Awareness Day Webinar

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On Thursday May 28 2020, the Internet Society Accessibility Special Interest Group (A11ySIG) hosted a webinar “When rhetoric meets reality: Digital Accessibility, Persons With Disabilities and COVID-19”. This webinar brought together digital accessibility experts and people with disabilities to discuss the digital accessibility outlook beyond COVID-19.


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It was our hope that this webinar would share and offer a variety of ideas from different disabilities and different parts of the world. Below are a couple of perspectives that relate to North America and elsewhere.

David Berman gave the keynote focusing on how governments can integrate accessibility into their web presence. He talked about the efforts that Canada and others are doing on accessibility issues. People in health care designed special masks for deaf people. They have a clear shield so people can read others lips to communicate. However, everyone benefits when we can see each other’s mouths when we’re wearing masks, whether we’re hard of hearing or whether we’re deaf and using sign language which of course the faces a key part of the communication, everyone finds it easier to understand each other when we can see the emotions and the movements that make up more of the face. It is an example of the overall goal that all should have. We need to design for the extremes and in this way benefit everyone. This principle is a core of the experience in design that we need to focus on. If we can make sure that all websites are accessible and follow WCAG guidelines than Governments will save money as they would not have to hire special firms to answer phone lines and have special lines that read people texts and walk people through the forms. People could self-serve. If we make sure everyone can self-serve, we’re actually able to save millions of dollars. This type of thinking, what we like to call the accessibility dividend when we do things to include everyone, we get benefits for everyone.

The webinar included seven panelists representing different disabilities and countries. The panelists highlighted a number of issues related to digital accessibility including: If an approach can work in one small community, it can be replicated in many other local, regional, and national governments. The right ingredients need to be in place. That’s policy, practice, and people. Formulating right policies with inclusion of people with disabilities and then practicing those with people centric approach could be a winning strategy. This is where rhetoric meets policy. Once people understand why digital accessibility is important through direct contact with persons with disabilities there’s a greater incentive to make a change. We need more disability awareness training.

Another speaker, Peter Crosbie, focused on cognitive disabilities and how they are often overlooked by companies who instead just focus on visual or hearing disabilities; there is often no mention anywhere of what specific cognitive access measures they have incorporated to help out people with cognitive disabilities. He mentioned that Zoom calls with many speakers and participants are in actuality very inaccessible for many people with cognitive disabilities. There’s just very little understanding of what cognitive access is or how it works.

The goal of Accessibility SIG in this webinar was to discuss and raise awareness of these issues. We will have six other webinars in this series, so stay tuned.

GAAD 2020 WEBINAR: When Rhetoric Meets Reality: Digital Accessibility, Persons With Disabilities, and COVID-19

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On Thursday May 28 2020, from 12:00-13:30 UTC, in celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, the Internet Society Accessibility Special Interest Group (A11ySIG) will host a webinar “When rhetoric meets reality: Digital Accessibility, Persons With Disabilities and COVID-19

This webinar brings together digital accessibility experts and people with disabilities to discuss the digital accessibility outlook beyond COVID-19. The webinar aims to share and offer a variety of ideas from different disabilities and different parts of the world.

AGENDA

Introduction: Muhammad Shabbir Awan, President, ISOC Accessibility SIG

Keynote: How governments can integrate accessibility into their web presences
David Berman, David Berman communications, Canada

Experience Sharing:
Naveed Haq, Regional Director Infrastructure and Connectivity, Asia Pacific, Internet Society
Gunela Astbrink, Vice President Accessibility SIG, Australia
Fernando Botelho, F123 initiative, Brazil
Judy Okite, founder, Association for Accessibility and Equality(AAFE), Kenya
Peter Crosbie, advocate for the autistic community, France
Lidia Best, Vice President, European Federation of Hard of Hearing, UK
Manique Gunaratne, Manager, Specialized Training and Disability Resource Centre, Sri Lanka

Open Discussion

Closing Remarks: Muhammad Shabbir Awan

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VIEW ON LIVESTREAM: http://livestream.com/internetsociety/gaad2020

REAL TIME TEXT: https://www.streamtext.net/player?event=CFI-A11YSIG

TWITTER: @A11ySIG + #GAAD2020

Accessibility SIG General Meeting – Jan 23 2020 – 12:00 UTC @a11ySIG @InternetSociety

Accessibility SIGOn Thursday January 23 2020, at 12:00 UTC the Internet Society Accessibility Special Interest Group (A11ySIG) will hold a General Meeting. All SIG members are urged to attend. Observers are welcome. The format will be a zoom call, which will be recorded, and which will have real time text captions.

AGENDA

  1. Welcome by President 5 Mins.
  2. Affirmation of Officers / Bylaws 5 mins
  3. Overview of SIG activities in 2019 10 Mins.
  4. Plans for 2020 10 Mins.
  5. General Discussion by the members 25 Mins.
  6. Closing remarks by the President 5 Mins.

CALL
Time: Jan 23, 2020 07:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Zoom:  https://zoom.us/j/989322556

Meeting ID: 989 322 556

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