Web Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities: Benefits for All

  • By · February 6th, 2013
Organized in partnership by the UN Global Compact, ILO Global Business and Disability Network and G3ICT.

Date

Tuesday, 12 February 2013, 09:30-10:30 EST – 15:30-16:30 CET

Background

Web accessibility is a precondition for all persons with disabilities to enjoy the use of the internet. Without it, producers of websites, web browsers, content management systems, and other web software may involuntarily exclude millions of users from their potential audience. While there is effort associated with implementing web accessibility consistently, there are many benefits for businesses that are often underestimated.

Objective

This webinar will explore Web accessibility in detail by featuring examples from companies on how they have taken steps to assure the accessibility of their content.

Audience

Web developers, web content producers, and diversity and disability managers of companies interested in learning about the benefits of web accessibility. This webinar may also be of interest to anyone who wishes to learn more about this issue.

Presenters

Shadi Abou-Zahra, Activity Lead, WAI International Program Office, World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

W3C, an international community that works to develop Web standards, will show through key examples and case studies of how companies are improving the accessibility of their web content, and how this has helped to realize benefits at many levels. This presentation will highlight findings from W3C’s business case resource.

Claire Gilioli-Guillemin, Accessibility Delivery Manager, Orange
Olivier Ducruix, Head of Ergonomics and Accessibility Solutions for Everyone, Orange

Orange, a telecommunications company, will share the efforts that they have undertaken within the company to increase the accessibility of their products, content, and internal Information System. A solutions-oriented presentation, the company will point to some of the tools and resources that proved supportive to the company’s efforts.

Nicola Palmarini, Marketing Manager and Director, European Human Centric Solutions Center, IBM

IBM, a global software company, will provide an overview of key trends that are leading to an even greater need to provide accessible products and services. IBM will also review their targeted process for addressing disability issues.

Registration and login

Registration is required to participate. Please register via the United Nations Global Compact page. The login details will be sent to you upon registration.

One Response to “Web Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities: Benefits for All”

  1. The Internet has become increasingly central to our lives. To grant equal access to everyone, web accessibility is a must. The web offers the incomparable access to information and interaction for a lot of people with disabilities. It just requires extra effort to use the media. An accessible web allows people with disabilities to become more active members of our society. Web accessibility should not be taken as a “legal necessity.” It is the moral responsibility of a website owner to enable everybody to access their product.

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