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1 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China Empowering PWDs through ICT in the Philippines Grace Martha T. Amberong, Assistant Director, Consulting & Services Office National Computer Center, CICT International Telecommunication Union Workshop Accessibility to ICTs, Shanghai, China, 23 July 2010

2 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China 2 Philippines The Philippines Located in Southeast Asia, between mainland Asia and Australia 7,107 islands, one of the largest archipelagos in the world 3 major island groups - LUZON, VISAYAS and MINDANAO Divided into 17 regions, 79 provinces, 15 cities & 1,500 municipalities Total area is 300,000 sq km (about 115,831 sq mi) Population is 87.85 ++ Million (2005 survey)

3 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China 3 Profile of PWDs in the Philippines 942,098 PWDs – 2000 (1.23 % out of 76,504,077 ) 919,292 PWDs – 1995 (1.33 % out of 68,616,536) 637,000 PWDs – 1990 (1.04 % out of 60,703,206) Source:http://siteresources.worldbank.org/DISABILITY/.../JICA_Philippine.pdf

4 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China 4 RP Policies and Laws on PWDs Accessibility Law (BP) Act to enhance the mobility of disabled persons by requiring certain buildings, institutions, establishments and public utilities to install facilities and other devices Magna Carta for Disabled Persons of 1992 (RA 7277) Act providing for the rehabilitation, self- development and self-reliance of disabled persons and their integration into the mainstream of society

5 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China 5 RP Policies and Laws on PWDs White Cane Act of 1989 (RA 6759) Act declaring August 1 of each year as white cane safety day in the Philippines and for other purposes Proclamation No. 125 of 1003 Giving mandate to the National Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons to coordinate activities and to monitor the observance of the Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled Persons (1993–2002) in the PhilippinesNational Council for the Welfare of Disabled Persons Asian and Pacific Decade of Disabled PersonsPhilippines

6 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China 6 International Treatises and Commitments INTERNATIONAL TREATISES & CONVENTIONS United Nations Conventions on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTS & COMMITMENTS Biwako Millennium Framework Biwako Plus Five Manila Accessible Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Design Recommendations Manila Declaration on Accessible Information and Communications Technology (ICT) United Nations Millenium Development Goals (UN MDG)

7 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China 7 Interregional ICT Seminar May 2003 the Philippines hosted the Interregional Seminar and Regional Demonstration Workshop on Accessible ICTs to Persons with Disabilities 11 countries from Asia - Pacific were represented Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Canada, Indonesia, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and United States of America

8 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China 8 Interregional ICT Seminar Philippines concrete contributions to the Biwako Millennium Framework and the UN Convention on the Rights of PWDs Manila Declaration on Accessible ICT focuses on digital divide and the human capacities divide Manila Accessible ICT Design Recommendations deals with universal concept of flexibility to accommodate those who run low bandwidth settings, those who use cell phones to synthesize text and those who access the Internet via alternative devices

9 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China 9 Accessible ICT Initiatives Conduct Workshops on Accessible ICTs for PWDs Introduced Web Accessibility to Webmasters and Advocates Conducted in 3 major islands (Luzon Visayas and Mindanao) Luzon Mindanao Visayas Former CICT Chair

10 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China 10 Accessible ICT Initiatives Conduct Webmasters Interface Brought together the country's webmasters, policy-makers, disability advocates and ICT practitioners to forge a vision for accessible web contentwebmastersaccessible web content

11 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China 11 Accessible ICT Initiatives Institutionalized Accessible ICT for PWDs NCC MC No. 2003 – 01 (Issued July 2003) Guidelines on Compliance to e-Commerce Act and Stage 2 and 3 of the UN ASPA 5 Stages of e-Government Section 3 Website Features for Stage 3 to include: Website accessibility for people with disabilities by providing text-only website version, alternatives to auditory and visual content MOA between NCWDP/NCDA and CICT-NCC National Council on Disability Affairs (NCDA), government agency mandated to formulate policies and coordinate the activities of all agencies, concerning disability issues and concerns. NCDA is the lead agency tasked to steer the course of program development for persons with disabilities and the delivery of services to the sector. National Computer Center (NCC), the lead agency of the government for promoting the strategic use of ICT in the government, the NCC is committed to invigorate knowledge sharing and to play a pro-active role in the development and diffusion of IT in the government.

12 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China 12 Accessible ICT Initiatives Disabled-friendly Website Awards Developed and adopted monitoring evaluation guidelines for web accessibility compliance House of RepresentativesHouse of Representatives (www.congress.gov.ph) - developer participant in the regional accessibility workshopwww.congress.gov.ph Adaptive Technology for Rehabilitation, Integration and Empowerment of Visually ImpairedAdaptive Technology for Rehabilitation, Integration and Empowerment of Visually Impaired (www.atriev.org.ph) - Ms. Lourdes Borgonia, a blind person, as the web designerwww.atriev.org.ph Manila Christian Computer Institute for the Deaf Manila Christian Computer Institute for the Deaf (www.mccid.edu.ph) - Mr. Remberto I. Esposa Jr. as the web designer, participant in the regional accessibility workshop.www.mccid.edu.ph De La Salle UniversityDe La Salle University (www.dlsu.edu.ph) - Mr. Lemuel Cabia as part of its web development team participated reguonal workshopwww.dlsu.edu.ph

13 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China 13 Accessible ICT Initiatives Development of Standards and Training Materials July 2007 - "Web Accessibility Guide for Filipinos" book officially published and copyrighted which contains definition of web accessibility, types of assistive devices available, laws affecting disability in the Philippines, statistics of Filipino PWDs and Filipino Internet user statistics NCDA distributed Instructional Sign Language Videos on CDs, out of the box strategy to push for accessible communication

14 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China 14 Accessible ICT Initiatives NCC developed and launched the PWD-friendly Website Template with Content Management System during the Webmasters Interface (2006)

15 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China 15 Accessible ICT Initiatives Forged local and overseas partners to strengthen advocacy and cost-sharing DSWD – technical and logistics support APCD – advocacy in APR, scholarships VOSS – exposure through Webenabled.com CICT-NCC- inputs to WSIS Resources for the Blind – technical support NOVA Foundation Created thru NOVA Foundation and other partners more than 300 IT-related jobs for PWDs on data conversion, medical transcription, call centers, etc.

16 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China 16 Accessible ICT Initiatives Created a dynamic hub of Webmaster-Advocates to upscale social and economic impact of accessible ICT June 2006 - Discussion on the forming of the Association of Accessible Web Designers July 2006 - NCWDP board approved recommendation to form a core group of webmasters to implement consensus made during the webmasters workshopsNCWDPwebmasters August 2006 - First meeting of the core group. It was named Philippine Web Accessibility Group (PWAG). Philippine Web Accessibility Group (PWAG) October 2006 - The official www.pwag.org web site was launched www.pwag.org

17 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China 17 Private Sector Initiatives Adaptive Technology for Rehabilitation, Integration & Empowerment of Visually Impaired - http://www.atriev.org.phhttp://www.atriev.org.ph A non-profit organization that facilitates access by visually impaired persons to post-secondary education, mainstream employment, and similar opportunities through the use of adaptive technology. Core project is information technology-related training which revolves around computer training for the visually impaired.

18 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China 18 Private Sector Initiatives Resources for the Blind - http://www.blind.org.phhttp://www.blind.org.ph Non-government Christian organization serving blind people all over the Philippines since 1988 Implements 2 programs to help make computer training available to blind high school students. Computer Resource Center for the Blind in every high school in the country where blind students are enrolled. The schools are provided with two computers, the special software, and a braille printer. "Computer-Eyes", an annual National Computer Camp for Blind Students. IBM Philippines provides the use of their state-of-the-art computer lab for the training on word processing skills, set up email accounts, explore the internet, and create personal web pages.

19 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China 19 Private Sector Initiatives Philippines DAISY Network – NCC Collaboration DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System), an open international standard for accessible Philippine Seminar on DAISY (Sep 2007) Training for the Trainers on DAISY (Feb 2008)

20 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China 20 Private Sector Initiatives Nova Foundation for Differently-abled Persons, Inc - http://novafoundation.phhttp://novafoundation.ph ICT Training Center For The Differently Abled Establish a training center in ICT to provide the disabled with adequate skills training so that they can qualify for employment in the IT business Encoding Project Provide differently abled persons with interim employment in order for them to learn to work well in a corporate setting

21 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China 21 Government Initiatives CICT-APEC Digital Opportunity Center Adaptive Basic Office Productivity Tools training for the Blind using Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Awareness Programs eCare Telecenters (May 2006) designed to provide access and training programs for PWDs. The target is to establish one eCare Center in each region.

22 International Telecommunication Union Best Practice Philippine Web Accessibility Group (PWAG) Privately led association of Filipino web designers and advocates Educate and encourage the general public on the benefits of including accessibility on their web sites by providing information and assistance through workshops, seminars, e-groups and other fora; Adopt the Manila Accessible ICT Design Recommendations and recommend the web accessibility guidelines and standards in the Philippine setting Recommended Standards Access Key Assignments Visual Validation Checklist Online Validating Tools Recommended Web Design Accessibility Checkpoints A Maturity Stage 1 means the web site needs to meet the requirements set by the Manila ICT Design Recommendations A Maturity Stage 2 means the web site should meet the criteria set by PWAG

23 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China 23 Prototype Technology [Text-to-Braille] Braille Display that can be connected to a mobile phone [De La Salle University, 2005] Braille display mimics the interface of a mobile phone

24 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China Challenges Lack or unaffordable specialized equipment and materials like: Braille writing slates White mobility canes Talking watches Talking calculators Special software and hardware to allow blind people to use a PC Mobile communication technology for the blind Increase awareness on web accessibility and other technologies

25 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China Accessible ICT is not only for people with disabilities but for all of us who are thankful that there are no barriers in using our abilities

26 International Telecommunication Union ITU Workshop on Accessibility to ICTs, 23 July 2010, Shanghai, China 26 Cooperation is key to strength and might.


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