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Thursday, March 31 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Information and Accessibility Justice for Deaf People in Digital Age : Good Practices and Recommendations

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Recent information communication technology (ICT) including broadcasting development 
brings both opportunities and challenges for human rights respect, protection, and fulfillment. 
This dynamic presents unique experience for people with disability particularly deaf and blind 
people. They face the diverse of enjoyment level of rights. Talk about human rights, deaf and 
blind people, accessibility, and ICT, the right to information (RTI) is a central point. In several 
countries RTI respect-protection-fulfillment for deaf and blind people already reached the 
adequate level while in other countries we witness a poor level. In this entire context, the 
government plays the main role as the policy maker and also the duty bearer. Though people 
could influence the substance, the governance, and the culture of public policy, it is the 
government will be the decision maker. 

The RightsCon 2016 is a great opportunity to reflect the path of RTI advocacy for deaf and 
blind people regarding ICT world in digital age. It provides a space for knowledge and good 
practices exchange for people with disability rights advocates around the world. It also provides the chance to gather the recommendations for the stakeholders around the world. Based on this consideration we bring ID#302 to the RightsCon 2016. 

About the session 

Session ID#302 will fall under the theme ‘Internet Governance and Digital Inclusion’ with 
subtopic ‘accessibility’. With the workshop format, session ID#302 will help the participants to 
understand the recent good practices of governments around the world in respect, protect, and fulfill deaf people’s right to information. The speakers from both Indonesia and United States of America will share their experience-assessment on their country status regarding information justice for deaf people. They will also present the challenges in policy advocacy and the stakeholder’s step in addressing those challenges. Based on speakers’ presentation, in the plenary session the participants will reflect their respective country experiences and the necessary next steps. These necessary next steps will address the law, the governance and law enforcement, and  the culture in the society. The increasing knowledge of the participants and the recap of stakeholders and countries’ good practices, combined with suggested steps by the participants will become the immediate output of the session. By their participation in the session, we expect civil society network (particularly people with disability organization / PDO network and human rights-people with disability organization network) could develop the stronger network and utilize it for sharing the resources. After the session and the whole RightsCon 2016 we expect civil society network (particularly People with Disability Organization network) could endorse the recommendations to the stakeholders in their respective country and beyond. 


Haben Girma

Staff Attorney at Disability Rights Advocates
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Valentina Sri Wijiyati

Knowledge Management, Networking, and Media Dept. Staff, Satunama Foundation
I am Staff at Satunama Foundation, volunteer at Deaf Art Community, Ethical Board at Yogyakarta Chapter of Alliance of Independent Journalist. I share my concern on (1) Total Tobacco Advertisement Promotion and Sponsorship (TAPS) Ban, (2) information and access justice for people with disability toward the entire media, information, and communication world, and (3) human rights approach in media, information, and communication world.

Thursday March 31, 2016 9:00am - 10:15am
The Fishbowl

Attendees (12)