Global Forum on Law Justice and Development
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Connecting the Last Mile: Addressing Legal and Policy Gaps in ICT

Eighth Session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Event Date: 
Thursday, June 11, 2015

This event addresses the role of information and communication technology (ICT) in surmounting technology access barriers that inhibit the participation of persons with disabilities in society. The panel brings together experts collaborating on ICT access as part of the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development. Panelists will discuss law, policy, and social measures that States Parties may adopt to ensure ICT accessibility consistent with CRPD requirements, sharing best practices from policy and practice, including in the context of disability inclusive development, e-accessibility for persons with intellectual disabilities, political participation and voting, and model policy frameworks.

Moderators & Panelists: 

  • Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo, Global Disability Advisor, World Bank (co-moderator with brief remarks on accessible ICTs within the framework of disability inclusive development)
  • Janet Lord, Senior Vice President, Human Rights and Inclusive Development, Burton Blatt Institute (co-moderator with brief remarks on accessible ICTs in fostering political decision-making and electoral access)
  • Axel Leblois, President and Executive Director, G3ict
  • Deepti Samant Raja, International Consultant on Disability-Inclusive Development
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