[Irl-dean] UN SECRETARY-GENERAL message on International Day of Disabled Persons

brendan spillane brendan at ilikecake.net
Sat Nov 18 15:38:22 GMT 2006

Hi Frank,

Thanks for posting this, I would certainly be interested in taking a look
at "The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities" once it is

Any body have any information on whether Ireland needs to sign up to this,
are likely to sign up etc?



On 17/11/06, Frank Mulcahy <fmulcahy at iol.ie> wrote:
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> *Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York*
> The following is UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's message regarding the
> International Day of Disabled Persons, to be observed on 3 December:
> The theme of this year's observance of the International Day of Disabled
> Persons, "E-accessibility", reminds us of the need to make the Internet
> available to everyone.
> Access to information and communication technologies creates opportunities
> for all people, perhaps none more so than persons with disabilities.  And,
> as the development of the Internet and these technologies takes their needs
> more fully into account, the barriers of prejudice, infrastructure and
> inaccessible formats need no longer stand in the way of participation.
> This is a welcome change.  As information and communication technologies
> spread across the world, drawing in more and more users every day, most
> websites remained inaccessible to the millions of people who have difficulty
> manipulating a mouse, or who are visually impaired and need a "screen
> reader" or large fonts to read the page.  Slowly, Governments and the
> private sector have been recognizing the economic and social benefits of
> making websites fully accessible, and have been putting in place changes
> involving software and hardware alike.
> The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is
> expected to be approved by the General Assembly later this month, can give
> additional impetus to this trend.  States that choose to become party to the
> Convention will thereby commit themselves to taking steps to provide
> "information intended for the general public to persons with disabilities in
> accessible formats and technologies appropriate to different kinds of
> disabilities in a timely manner and without additional cost".  The
> Convention urges private businesses and mass media to do the same with their
> services.
> On this International Day, let us pledge again to do our utmost to achieve
> the vision of an inclusive, people-centred, development-oriented information
> society.  And let us redouble our efforts to ensure that persons with
> disabilities can exercise their human rights and play their full part in the
> economic, social and political lives of their societies.
> End of Statement.

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