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International Day of Disabled Persons - 2006

New York Programme



Celebration of International Day of Disabled Persons
Monday, 4 December 2006

Results of Global Accessibility Audit: 100 major websites from 20 countries assessed for accessibility


Panel discussion, 1:15 – 2:45, Conference Room 4,
United Nations Headquarters



Judy Brewer, Director, Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI), World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
Simon Norris, Managing Director, Nomensa
Léonie Watson, Head of Accessibility, Nomensa
Dr. Betsy A. Zaborowski, Executive Director, Jernigan Institute, National Federation of the Blind
Preety Kumar, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Deque Systems
Frances West, Director, World Wide Human Ability and Accessibility Center, IBM


• Dr. Harold Snider, World Blind Union


Access to information and communication technologies creates opportunities to everyone in society, but perhaps no more so than for persons with disabilities. No longer do the societal barriers of prejudice, infrastructure, and inaccessible formats have to stand in the way of participation. When available to everyone, information technologies foster individuals to reach their full potential, and for persons with disabilities it allows them to play their part in society’s development.






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