Deque CEO Presents Panel Speech on ‘E-Accessibility’ at International Day of Disabled Persons 2006 at United Nations
Reston, VA, December 4, 2006
In a speech at United Nations, Deque CEO Preety Kumar, stated that “Accessibility to information technology is no longer just a social responsibility but, with one in five people having some disability, also presents significant opportunities for businesses and organizations who serve them.” United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced the theme of “E-Accessibility” for the observance of International Day of Disabled Persons. Mr. Annan stated that access to information and communication technologies creates opportunities for all people, perhaps none more so than persons with disabilities. As the volume of information being published through the internet increases, there is a constant and dramatic change in the impact that accessibility has on disabled users and businesses. In panel speeches at the event, Preety Kumar, CEO of Deque; Judy Brewer, Director of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI); Dr. Betsy Zaborowski, Executive Director of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB); Leonie Watson, Head of Accessibility from Nomensa and Frances West, Director of the Human Accessibility Center for IBM, provided information on “E-Accessibility” and the efforts of businesses who have made this a primary concern. Attendants from NGOs, NPOs, government agencies and private corporations participated in the panel speeches and exchanged ideas about internet accessibility. A promising venture in “E-Accessibility” is the joint effort Deque and General Electric have undertaken to improve the disabled Web user experience. “For most private corporations like GE, when you plan to enhance accessibility of your website, usually five to ten percent of the total website ownership costs can be expected and planned. It’s like purchasing car insurance?with the idea of enhancing accessibility and protecting your web properties,” said Kumar. Thinking about the one in five users who are disabled that you can now outreach, it is a justified investment which makes logical business sense.
Related information on E-Accessibility
International Day of Disabled Persons – 2006… external site. (Opens new window)
“Making the Internet more disability – friendly is good business, experts tell UN panel”… external site. (Opens new window)
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