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International civil society organizations involved in ICT accessibility issues

International civil society organizations involved in ICT accessibility issues


Edited by Axel Leblois, Executive Director, G3ict 

TDI (formerly known as Telecommunications for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Inc.)  8630 Fenton St. #604, Silver Spring, MD 20910

TDI was established in 1968 originally to promote further distribution of TTYs in the deaf community and to publish an annual national directory of TTY numbers. It has evolved in an active national advocacy organization focusing its energies and resources to address equal access issues in telecommunications, media, and information technologies for four constituencies in deafness and hearing loss, specifically people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, late-deafened, or deaf-blind.

TDI is also the parent organization for the Community Emergency Preparedness Information Network (CEPIN) project. The project intended to promote awareness in emergency management and preparedness activities for special needs populations.

Bartiméus Accessibility Foundation provides education and outreach in the form of information and training to businesses, (local) governments and other organizations concerning the accessibility of the Internet for everyone, including people with a disability. In addition, Bartiméus Accessibility has received accreditation for evaluation of Websites for quality and accessibility following international guidelines. Its expertise includes all accessibility features of all multimedia formats used by W3C and other consortia.
Phone: +31-30-6982401 and email: info@accessibility.nl.

Global Partnership for Disability and Development (GPDD) is a dynamic new initiative to accelerate inclusion of people with disabilities and their families into development policies and practices. The GPDD was formed to increase collaboration among development agencies and organizations to reduce the extreme poverty and exclusion of the substantial number of children, women and men with disabilities living in poor countries. Email mvreina@law.syr.edu and phone: (202) 296-5392.

HumanITy (UK) is a not-for-profit Consultancy, Registered as a UK Charity (1059921), which works on a commercial basis with Government, Major Corporations, the Research Sector and Civil Society, using its surplus time to provide a free service to e-inclusion implementors. HumanITy exist to serve all those who experience a difficulty in accessing, processing and creating digital content.

International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI) overarching vision is the equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities. As an internationally recognized public policy center organized by and for people with disabilities, ICDRI seeks to increase opportunities for people with disabilities by identifying barriers to participation in society and promoting best practices and universal design for the global community. ICDRI’s mission includes the collection of a knowledge base of quality disability resources and best practices and to provide education, outreach and training based on these core resources. ICDRI makes this information available in an accessible format through our website at www.icdri.org whenever possible.

National Information Society Agency (NIA) was launched in May 2009 as the Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity and Promotion (KADO) and National Information Society Agency (NIA) merged together under the Korean government’s public sector restructuring plan. The role of the reorganized agency is to continue in advancing and activating the world-class knowledge information infrastructure to a higher level, bridging the digital divide and preventing the adverse effects which may occur during the process, and improving information culture.

Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) is the UK’s leading charity offering information, support and advice to over two million people with sight loss. Its pioneering work helps anyone with a sight problem – not just with braille and Talking Books, but with imaginative and practical solutions to everyday challenges. The RNIB web site carries an exhaustive and very useful set of resources on e-Accessibility issues and solutions.