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I have been doing some research for an upcoming talk on assistive technology and found out that it is fifteen years since the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ( CRPD) in 2006. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol (A/RES/61/106) was adopted on 13 December 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, and was opened for signature on 30 March 2007. There were 82 signatories to the Convention, 44 signatories to the Optional Protocol, and 1 ratification of the Convention. This is the highest number of signatories in history to a UN Convention on its opening day.
This article by Richard Ladner in the Digital Library of the Association for Computing Machinery.from 2014 looks at the CRPD and technology. The thoughtful piece is still worth reading by everyone concerned about disability rights and technology to remind us of how far we have come and how far we still have to go.
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I first heard about inequalities for people with disabilities online and the urgent need for accessible design in web sites and other tech tools back in 1993 or so, at a conference in San Diego. I was immediately converted. It is stunning to me that, almost 30 years later, so many are continuing to have to work so hard to make accessible, inclusive design the norm, that we're having to make so many of the same arguments about WHY this is urgent.
I'll be interested to hear how your presentation goes.
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
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