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Wednesday, May, 23, 2007
09:00 - 09:15 The Wireless Internet Opportunity for Disabled Persons: New Horizons for Assistive Technologies
Panel Chairs and Moderators:
Karen Tamley, Commissioner, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD),
City of Chicago
James Farstad, President, rClient and Advisor to the City of Minneapolis
Michael, Jones, PhD, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Mobile
Wireless Technologies for Persons with Disabilities, Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA
Prof. Licia Sbattella, Politecnico di Milano (Milan Polytechnic Institute)
Axel Leblois, Executive Director, G3ict, Senior Fellow, United Nations Institute for
Training and Research, and co-Founder, W2i

Briefing and introductions:
Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, summary of findings of the first G3ict Global Forum at UN Headquarters, March 26, 2007.

Chair: Axel Leblois, Executive Director, G3ict, Senior Fellow, UNITAR, and co-Founder, W2i

• Objectives of Round Table and expected contribution to the G3ict process
• Input from each participant on areas of interest and experience
• Overview of sections 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and 255 of the Telecommunication Act


    Wednesday, May, 23, 2007
    09:15 - 10:35 Brainstorm #1: Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, summary of findings of the first G3ict Global Forum at UN Headquarters, March 26, 2007.
    Co-chairs: Karen Tamley, Commissioner, Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD), City of Chicago, and James Farstad, President, rClient and Advisor to the City of Minneapolis

    • Group discussion:
    1. What are the functions of local government affected by accessibility?
    2. What are the e-Gov applications that are subject to accessibility enhancement?
    3. Good practices supporting disabled employees access to ICT applications
    • Participants will generate a list of opportunities and rank them
    • Web site accessibility, technical briefing and discussion: W3C WAI guidelines


      Wednesday, May, 23, 2007
      10:35 - 12:00 Brainstorm #2: What is the potential of pervasive wireless networks in cities for new services for persons with disabilities?
      Co-Chairs: Michael Jones, PhD, Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center on Mobile Wireless Technologies for Persons with Disabilities, Shepherd Center, Atlanta, GA and Prof. Licia Sbattella, Politecnico di Milano (Milan Polytechnic Institute)

      • Leveraging existing low cost wireless technologies: cellular telephony, blue tooth, RFID, Wi-Fi and Wi-Max
      • Categories of potential wireless applications for assistive technologies, input from participants and development of a matrix of opportunities

      • Group discussion:
      1. Who does what in wireless applications for disabled persons?
      2. Experience and research conducted by the Shepherd Center with Georgia Tech and
      Politecnico di Milano
      3. How to get industry and service providers involved?
      4. Current work of standardization bodies (ANSI, ETSI, Universal Remote Console
      Consortium, etc.); how to accelerate greater involvement from relevant constituents?