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  • eAccessibility  in  Qatar  ictQatar  Policy  and  Mada  Support   June  12  2012  
  • Mada     Qatar  Assis1ve  Technology  Center  •  Established  in  June  2010  •  Response  to  UNCRPD  •  One  stop  shop  for  people   with  a  disability  to   connect  to  technology  •  Any  age  any  need  •  Access  to  technology    •  Access  to  Digital  Content  
  • Mada    Qatar  Assis1ve  Technology  Center   Research  and   Awareness   Development   Consultancy   Advice   Training   Assessment/ Audit   Provision  of   technology  
  • eAccessibility  Policy  –  why  ?   Ensures  persons    Removes  barriers   with  disabili1es  can     to  accessing  and   use    computers,  mobile   using  ICT   phones,  the  Internet,  products,  services   ATMs  and     and  applica1ons   digital  content  on  an   equal  basis  with  others  
  • eAccessibility  Policy  –  why  ?   Number  of  people  with  disability:  By  type  of  disability  (Difficulty)   4000   3500  Number  of  people  with  disability   3000   2500   2000   3,402   1500   3,005   2,424   2,355   2,266   1000   1,602   500   1,109   0   Walking   Talking  &   Visual   Self-­‐Care   Remembering   Hearing   Other   Understanding  
  • eAccessibility  Policy  –  why  ?   Presence  &  Usage  of  ICT  products  in  the  household   Ebook  reader   4   6   Tablet  PC  (iPad/Galaxy  Tab)   23   30   Digital  music  player  /  iPod   27   39   Internet  (on  Mobile  phone)   26   48   Desktop  Computer   49   74   Laptop   57   79   Radio   43   86  Internet  (on  Laptop/  Computer)   64   86   Fixed  line  phone   59   96   Television   89   99   Mobile  phone   75   100   0   10   20   30   40   50   60   70   80   90   100   Ever  Used  by  disabled  person   Present  in  household  
  • 5  key  barriers  1.  Websites  designed  for  audiences  in  Qatar  are  mostly  not  accessible  by   interna1onal  standards  –  The  World  Wide  Web’s  Consor1um’s    2nd  edi1on  of   Web  Content  Accessibility  Guidelines  level  AA  2.  Cri1cal  telecommunica1ons  services  and  suppor1ng  technologies  are  s1ll   needed  by  those  with  disabili1es  –  emergency  services,  public  pay  phones  and   relay  services  are  s1ll  unavailable  3.  ATMs  do  not  have  features  to  enable  many  persons  with  disabili1es  to  use  them   independently  4.  Assis1ve  Technologies  (ATs)  –  are  not  widely  available  to  persons  with   disabili1es  and  families,  teachers  and  employers  are  not  fully  aware  of  their   benefits  5.  Local  digital  content  –  music,  text,  audio,  images  and  video  is  mostly   inaccessible  to  the  those  with  disabili1es  in  Qatar.  
  • Adtudes  and  Barriers  –  Vendors  !  “No  one  else  is  asking  for  it”  To  this  we  would  simply  state  that  this  is  a  condi1on  of  this  tender,  and  moreover  you  cannot  ignore  any  legal  or  policy  framework.    “We’re  an  internaOonal  company  and  we  can’t  comply  with  every  naOonal  request”  In  this  case,  the  value  of  standards  is  clear.  You  are  not  asking  for  compliance  to  a  single  set  of  laws  or  policies,  instead  you  are  referring  to  interna1onal  standards  upon  which  most  law  and  policy  is  based.  “We  have  made  a  corporate  decision  to  apply  to  a  single  internaOonal  standard”  In  this  case,  it  is  reasonable  to  ask  which  standards  and  to  ask  for  a  compliance  report  against  those  standards  “We’ll  do  it,  but  it’s  going  to  cost  you”  One  can  choose  to  accept  the  addi1onal  costs,  but  this  will  need  to  be  factored  into  the  total  cost  of  procurement  within  the  compe11ve  dialogue  with  all  those  offering  a  tender.  “Disabled  people  have  never  complained  before.”  Unless  you  have  been  proac1ve  in  seeking  opinions  from  disabled  people,  then  this  would  not  be  a  useful  piece  of  evidence.  It  makes  assump1ons  that  the  person  is  willing  to  complain,  and  in  fact  believes  that  a  complaint  would  be  listened  to,  or  even  that  they  know  how  to  complain.  Moreover,  it  is  reasonable  to  ask:  Have  we  spoken  to  disabled  stakeholders  to  gather  their  opinion?  
  • Current  Status  Autumn  2011  
  • Website  Accredita1on   March  2012-­‐May  2012  6   1   0  
  • Website  Accredita1on   Does the website meet agreed standards? Yes No Award; Develop action plan to “Access Certified” status address issues Does the website go beyond Agree plan and AA standards? “Access Planning” status Yes Address issues Award re-submit for review“Access Award” status No Agree Action Plan Address Issues Re-certify
  • Mada  Support   Review  of   Site  Consultancy     Commitment   Training     Full  Audit  
  • Guide  to  Accessible  Websites  
  • Contact  us  •  Contact:  Mike  Park   Mada,  Qatar  AssisOve  Technology  Center   e-­‐Accessibility  Services   Address:  8th  floor,  Al  Nasr  Tower  B,  Al  Corniche   Road   PO  Box  24230,  Doha,  Qatar   Office  Telephone:  +974  4459  4063   E-­‐mail:  mpark@mada.org.qa    •  Website:  www.mada.org.qa    
  • Follow  us  •  Twiner  -­‐  @madaqatc  •  Facebook  –  www.facebook.com/madaqatc  •  YouTube  –  www.youtube.com/qatcmada    •  www.mada.org.qa