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”.
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.
LIVESTREAM http://livestream.com/internetsociety/idpd2020 (Captions, ASL*)
[A message from Accessibility SIG President Muhammad Shabbir Awan]
On Tuesday 3rd December 2019, the Internet Society Accessibility Special Interest Group (A11ySIG) joins the rest of the world in observing International Day of Persons With Disabilities (IDPD).
To recall, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities has been annually observed on 3 December worldwide since 1992. The theme for 2019 IDPD is: ‘Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda’. The theme focuses on the empowerment of persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as envisaged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to ‘leave no one behind’ and recognizes disability as a cross-cutting issues, to be considered in the implementation of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
The ISOC Accessibility SIG aims to make the Internet and its attendant technologies accessible to the largest audience possible regardless of disabilities. On Tuesday, while we are observing IDPD, I call upon the developers to remember that not everyone uses your product in the same way. Moreover, 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. 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 nearly one billion of world’s population to access or use it.
Thus, if you are not making your website accessible, you are contributing to the digital divide. If you want to make your website or mobile app accessible, follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. In ensuring that the Internet is for Everyone, the developer is either part of the solution or the problem. There is no middle way.
With Best Regards,
Muhammad Shabbir Awan
Internet Society Accessibility Special Interest Group.