Multistakeholder Engagement: Imperative for Accessibility

2 September 2014 - A Workshop on Other in Istanbul, Turkey

Original Proposal

IGF 2014 sub theme that this workshop fall under

Internet as an Engine for Growth & Development


Persons with disabilities and older persons represent an average of 15% of any country's population. Most IGF members involved in promoting Internet usage in their respective countries face challenges of low levels of Internet adoption amongst these groups. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is the first Human Rights Treaty of this millennium. A majority of countries participating in IGF have also ratified the CRPD which compels governments to implement policies that promote accessibility and encourage usage of the Internet amongst persons with disabilities.

Global surveys have demonstrated that a critical success factor for implementation is the multi-stakeholder participation in policy making. Based on those findings and the mandates of the CRPD, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict) have just released model policies for ICT accessibility that place strong emphasis and suggest specific processes to developing policies based upon multi-stakeholder engagement.

The joint G3ict/DCAD workshop will be reporting on good practices and global data on multi-stakeholder engagement which demonstrate how such engagement can lead to better planning, implementation and results. The workshop will also discuss how multi-stakeholder engagement can be equally effective at both the international and national level, based upon the experiences of international agencies and standard development organizations such as ITU, G3ict, W3C, WIPO and UNESCO.

Name(s) and stakeholder and organizational affiliation(s) of institutional co-organizer(s)

Andrea Saks
DCAD Coordinator

Axel Leblois
G3ict, Executive Director

Peter Major
DCAD Co-coordinator

Has the proposer, or any of the co-organizers, organized an IGF workshop before?


The link to the workshop report

Type of session


Duration of proposed session

90 minutes

Subject matter #tags that describe the workshop

#web accessibility, #innovation, #ICTs, #policy making, #persons with disabilities, #stakeholders participation

Names and affiliations (stakeholder group, organization) of speakers the proposer is planning to invite

• Andrea Saks, International Telecommunications Specialist for the Deaf, Chairman ITU JCA-AHF (Joint Coordinating Activity on Accessibility and Human Factors), Coordinator IGF DCAD (Dynamic Coalition on Accessibility and Disability) (confirmed)

• Multi-stakeholder involvement in e-accessibility policy development among States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Francesca Cesa Bianchi, Vice President, Institutional Relations, G3ict, Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (confirmed)

• Multi-stakeholder cooperation, a cornerstone of the ITU-G3ict E-Accessibility Model Policies for States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Telecommunication Development Bureau (BDT), International Telecommunication Union (invited)

• Regulatory perspective on e-accessibility for persons with disabilities - The Turkish Experience: Özgür Fatih Akpinar, Head of Department for Consumer Rights, Information and Communications Technologies Authority (confirmed)

• Perspective of the Turkish Disability Community in contributing to the development of e-accessibility policies and programs: Mehmet Emin Demirci, Vice-President, Confederation of the Disabled in Turkey; former President, Turkish Federation of the Blind; Board Member, EBU (European Blind Union)(confirmed)

• Perspective from Industry, opportunities for multi-stakeholders cooperation involving the private sector: Nasser Kettani, Chief Technology Officer, Middle East and Africa, Microsoft (confirmed)

• Participation of persons with disabilities in Standards development activities: Gerry Ellis, ITU representative at the Joint Technical Advisory Group (JTAG) for the revision of the ISO/IEC Guide 71 (confirmed)

Name of Moderator(s)

Andrea Saks

Name of Remote Moderator(s)

Peter Major

Description of how the proposer plan to facilitate discussion amongst speakers, audience members and remote participants

The Moderator will give opening remarks, introducing the work of G3ict and DCAD and giving some “scene-setting” remarks focusing on how the Multi-Stakeholder Engagement is really an Imperative for Web Accessibility Policy Making and Monitoring. The Moderator will invite each of the speakers to give remarks (approximately 10 minutes), aimed at offering best practices that address the following topics.

(1) Best practices for Web Accessibility policy making with stakeholders’ involvement,
(2)Existing web accessibility policy and standard development and monitoring requiring the participation of Persons with Disabilities

(3) Innovations for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in developing countries.

During the remaining time the moderator, speakers and participants will discuss amongst themselves, as well as engage in a question & answer session with the audience on site and remote participants.

Description of the proposer's plans for remote participation

The pre-IGF planning process will include e-correspondence and conference calls with speakers and all the co-organizers and speakers in all the regions where DCAD members and G3ict partners are established.

Background paper

No background paper provided