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The World Blind Union, in collaboration with G3ict, Smart Cities for All, IAAP and UCLG, invites you to attend two exciting webinars on March 26 and March 27 sponsored by the World Blind Union. Please register already today!

Webinar Overview:

Today, Smart Cities are making the digital divide for people with disabilities worse not better. But tools and strategies exist to help cities be both smarter and more inclusive. The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict) is leading an initiative to help cities worldwide deploy technology and use data to support greater inclusion for persons with disabilities. United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) is a global network of cities and local, regional, and metropolitan governments and associations committed to amplifying the voices of local and regional governments towards effective localization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda (NUA). Representatives of G3ict and UCLG will discuss the NUA and other related global commitments for inclusive cities. They will define what is an inclusive Smart Cities and how cities in both the global north and south are using technology and data to combat inequalities and accelerate the localization of the 2030 Agenda and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  The presentation will include defining key performance indicators and metrics to support advancing ICT accessibility and digital inclusion in urban environments and across a broad range of functions that are important to all cities, like strategic planning, procurement, budgeting, technology deployment, developing partnerships, and using standards, etc. The webinar will introduce to participants UCLG´s policy priorities for Accessibility and G3ict’s set of Smart City tools that can be used to support greater inclusion and implement digital accessibility in urban environments.
Speaker Bio's:

Hannes Juhlin Lagrelius works at the World Blind Union, a founding member of the International Disability Alliance, a global federation representing the estimated 253 million blind and partially sighted worldwide via its 6 regional unions and over 190 member organizations. He manages the WBU Global Program for Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development.
Hannes, visually impaired himself, is seconded as a Bilateral Associate Expert by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida, and is specialized in disability rights and organizational development with an educational background in Peace and Development Studies and Political Science. He has experiences from collaborating with organizations of persons with disabilities in Rwanda, Nepal, Tanzania, Ghana, Namibia, Bolivia, Nicaragua, Sweden, and Myanmar.  Hannes works closely with UN-HABITAT for the implementation of a agreement on disability inclusion, universal design and accessibility in the scope of the New Urban Agenda.
Hannes is the co-chair of the GAP-PCG Persons with Disabilities for which he coordinated the official WUF10 delegation of organizations of persons with disabilities to World Urban Forum 10. He is also WBU’s focal point in the Global Network for Disability-Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development (DIAUD) behind the Global Compact for Inclusive and Accessible Cities.
James Thurston is an international technology policy leader.  As G3ict’s Vice President for Global Strategy and Development, he leads the design and implementation of new worldwide advocacy strategies and programs to scale up G3ict’s global impact. He has experience applying both technology and public policy to important social and economic challenges, ranging from promoting the inclusion and human rights of people with disabilities worldwide to using technology to increase the competitiveness of aging U.S. industrial centers. He has broad policy and management experience in both the private and public sectors and at the federal, state, and international levels of government.
Federico Batista Poitier is a Policy Officer at the United Cities and Local Governments and an international policy expert and advisor on the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; particularly in the context of urban development and the frameworks of the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda. His background is in International Development with a focus on International & Regional and National Disability Policy, International Human Rights Law, Education, Grassroots & Community Development, Gender Equality and Human Rights Advocacy. His professional and educational experience span 5 regions and include Southern Africa, Europe, Asia, North America and the Middle East.

Shivani Gupta is a renown chief consultant and founder of AccessAbility India, a cross-disability consultancy working for the inclusion of persons with disabilities. With lived experiences of disability and 20 years of working experience in this field, she manages AccessAbility which is working towards creating accessible and inclusive environments. Shivani is working and engaging  with multiple stakeholders including UN agencies, corporate houses and Organizations of Persons with Disabilities on  various accessibility initiative such as accessibility audits for public buildings, strategizing implementation, training, research and so on. Ms. Gupta is currently a PhD research fellow at the University of Maastricht, The Netherlands. She has also co-authored publications pertaining to improving accessibility in physical environments, public procurement, assistive devices, support services and so on. Shivani is a trainer in the global IDA-IDDC Bridge CRPD-SDG training programme
Creating and Evaluating Digital Documents for Accessibility

Date: Friday, March 27, 2020
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Eastern (UTC - 4 hours)
Speaker(s): Dax Castro, Certified Digital Accessibility Trainer, Accessibility Advocate | IAAP and Hannes Juhlin Lagrelius, Program Officer, Global Program for Inclusive and Accessible Urban Development, World Blind Union (WBU) 
Webinar Overview:

This webinar will focus on the creating and evaluating accessible documents. For document authors who are at the intermediate level of accessible document design, this webinar will guide you through the tools in Word and PowerPoint. During the webinar, you will learn: 1) accessibility versus usability; 2) creating accessible documents, including Word, PowerPoint and PDF’s (e.g.  accessibility errors include missing alternative text for images, and poor color contrast); and 3) understanding users with disabilities expectations about their needs and preferences.
Speaker Bio:
Dax Castro has more than 20 years of professional online and traditional marketing, brand awareness, print/web design, multimedia experience and online business consulting. Dax is passionate about accessibility and upholding the P.O.U.R. Principals of the Section 508 Guidelines. He has gained more than 200 hours of accessibility training and is an active member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP). Dax is also an Adobe Community Professional and has run several in-person and online communities related to accessibility and graphic design with more than 2,400 active members.
Webinar Format

The webinars will be hosted in the ZOOM webinar platform, which is accessible with a variety of browsers. Captioning will be provided. For additional details about ZOOM accessibility, go to this ZOOM Accessibility Features page.

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World Urban Forum 10: A critical milestone for engaging persons with disabilities to achieve cities for all

The Tenth World Urban Forum (WUF 10), focused on the theme ‘Cities of Opportunities: Connecting Culture and Innovation,’ and called for united action to ensure a better future for cities and towns. WBU, DPO partners and the DIAUD Network contributed to the outcome document, known as The Abu Dhabi Declared Actions, which includes actions and commitments towards achieving inclusive and accessible cities. It sets a road map for the next two years and beyond to support realization of the New Urban Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in line with the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD​). Download full report (Word Document): World Urban Forum 10.