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James Thurston |  

20 September 2017

Vice President for Global Strategy and Development of G3ict

According to Brazil’s 2010 census, there are 45 million persons with disabilities in the country, or 23.9% of population. This week the government of Brazil is taking some unique steps to raise awareness about the accessibility of technology and the digital inclusion of all its citizens, including t... Read More


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Graeme K Whippy |  

06 September 2017

Disability consultant

Back in the mid 00s one of the UK’s largest financial services organizations bought a new “Voice Over IP” phone system for its 80,000 staff without having a clue whether it would work for colleagues who were hard of hearing, visually impaired or had other disabilities. The story had a happy ending... Read More


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James Thurston |  

23 August 2017

Vice President for Global Strategy and Development of G3ict

To really expand the digital inclusion of the more than 1 billion persons with disabilities worldwide, we need more customers, especially governments, to require accessibility in the information and communications technology (ICT) they buy. Harry Gordon Selfridge, the founder of Selfridge’s departm... Read More


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Chris M. Law |  

09 August 2017

President and owner of Accessibility Track Consulting, LLC

It used to be common to see ICT accessibility requirements in procurement contracts expressed as a simple one liner: “The new website will conform to the Standard ‘Accessibility requirements suitable for public procurement of ICT products and services in Europe (EN 301 549)’”. The practic... Read More


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James Thurston |  

26 July 2017

Vice President for Global Strategy and Development of G3ict

Awareness is one of the biggest challenges to creating an organizational commitment to accessible technology and the digital inclusion of persons with disabilities.  I have been working in this field for several years now and have observed in both formal surveys and informal discussions that awarene... Read More


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Lourdes Arreola Prado |  

10 July 2017

Inclusion and ICT accessibility consultant

Traveling is a human right. Everyone has the right to travel and enjoy the marvels of our world. The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) believes that making tourism easier to the more than 1 billion people with disabilities is not only a matter of rights, but also a financial opportunity. Driving an... Read More

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James Thurston |  

26 June 2017

Vice President for Global Strategy and Development of G3ict

Today G3ict is launching a new online resource, the Buy ICT for All web portal, to support global efforts to make the world digitally inclusive for persons with disabilities. Government spending is a substantial part of the global economy and it also accounts for a significant portion of the g... Read More


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Dave Capozzi |  

22 June 2017

Executive Director of the U.S. Access Board

The U.S. Access Board congratulates G3ict- the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs on the launch of the new Buy ICT for All web portal (www.buyict4all.org) addressing the public procurement of accessible information and communication technology (ICT).  We believe that this portal will become an imp... Read More


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Susan Mazrui |  

19 June 2017

Director of Public Policy, AT&T Services Inc.

To buy or not to buy is not the question. All companies need to update to stay competitive. Cost is a factor. So, how does accessibility fit into a company or organization’s long term plans? Is usability just a catch phrase? How can incorporating both improve your bottom line? In the United States,... Read More


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Javed Abidi |  

13 June 2017

Global Chair of Disabled People’s International

Understanding of accessibility is often limited to a ramp and an accessible toilet. In countries where understanding of disability is so poor, acceptance of the need for digital accessibility takes a backseat. Reasons for this are many - ignorance, limited understanding, lack of technical know-how a... Read More


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Wayne Hawkins |  

09 June 2017

Disability Policy Advisor

In December 2016 Australia Standards published AS EN 301 549: 2016 ‘Accessibility requirements suitable for public procurement of ICT products and services’. This new Australian Standard is a direct text adoption of the European Standard EN 301 549. After many years of lobbying from Australian... Read More