“Inclusive Information Technology and Business Success”

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“Inclusive Information Technology and Business Success”

Institute in Disability Studies

May 10-12, 2005

University of Manitoba

Downtown Campus (11 The Promenade)

Winnipeg, Canada

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9:00 to 9:30 am [Top]


9:30 am to 12:00 noon [Top]

Panel Discussion:

What is required to create a Canadian IT industry that is successful/profitable and produces technology that is accessible to and inclusive of people with disabilities?


  • Gerard Goggin (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Kier Martin (Council of Canadians with Disabilities, Canada)
  • Jim Tobias (Inclusive Technologies, USA)Value Chain

1:00 to 4:00 pm [Top]


Are accessibility standards, regulations, guidelines, etc. the way to achieve a Canadian IT industry that is successful/profitable and inclusive of people with disabilities?


  • Ian Brodie (Canadian Standards Association)Accessibility Standards
  • Dave Dougall (Research In Motion)
  • Helen Maskery (Maskery Human Interaction Engineering)Accessible Mainstream ICT
  • Mary Frances Laughton (Industry Canada)
  • Susan Palmer Mazrui (Cingular Wireless)Impact of Standards, Regulations, and Guidelines, on Industry Decisions

9:00 to 12:00 noon [Top]

Topic: Partnership Regulation Models


  • Gerard Goggin (University of Queensland)
  • Tim Noonan (SoftSpeak Consulting, Australia)
  • Ian Brodie (Canadian Standards Association)Standards Development

Gerard Goggin and Tim Noonan will discuss the government-industry-consumer body that regulates the Australian telecommunications and networked digital technologies industries. Ian Brodie will discuss the government-business-NGO-consumer consultations that are the basis for Canadian Standards Association standards.

1:30 to 4:00 pm [Top]

Topic: From Technical Innovation to Innovative Thinking

Lead Presenter: Steve Jacobs, IDEAL Group, inc.

Emerging technology has the potential to minimize disability as a source of disadvantage for people living in the information age. However it’s not happening. Why is this so? What is it that precludes manufacturers of mainstream technologies from designing accessible products? What can we do about it? Do competitive market forces work against designing for access? Is it too expensive? (This workshop will be include presenters and audience members outside Winnipeg participating via the web.)

  • Steve Jacobs (IDEAL Group, Inc.)Emerging Technology Policy Issues
  • Jeff Pledger (Verizon and AbleTV.net)Voice over Internet Protocol
  • Umang Dua (Issist)Pricing Models for Assistive Technology


9:00 am to 12:00 noon [Top]


Challenges of Engaging Industry in Research on Accessibility

This session focuses on the challenges faced by non-industry researchers who want to engage and collaborate with the IT industry.

  • Gary Birch (Neil Squire Society), Aldred Neufeldt (University of Calgary), Denise Buchner, and James Watzke (British Columbia Institute of Technology)Challenges of Engaging Industry in Research on Accessibility

1:00 to 2:00 pm [Top]

Closing Discussion

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