GAAD 2020 WEBINAR: "WHEN RHETORIC MEETS
REALITY: DIGITAL ACCESSIBILITY, PERSONS WITH
DISABILITIES, AND COVID-19"
The Internet Society Special Interest Group hosted a webinar to celebrate the Global
Accessibility awareness Day on “When rhetoric meets reality: Digital Accessibility,
Persons With Disabilities and COVID-19” in May 2020.
This webinar brought together digital accessibility experts and people with disabilities to
discuss the digital accessibility outlook beyond COVID-19. The webinar aimed to share and
offer a variety of ideas from different disabilities and different parts of the world.
The speakers were:
Muhammad Shabbir Awan, President, ISOC Accessibility SIG
Keynote: How governments can integrate eaccessibility into their web presences
David Berman, David Berman communications, Canada
Naveed Haq, Internet Society, Pakistan
Manique Gunaratne, Manager, Specialized Training and Disability Resource Centre, The
Employers’ Federation of Ceylon, Sri Lanka
Gunela Astbrink, Vice President Accessibility SIG, Australia
Fernando Botelho, F123 initiative, Brazil
Judy Okite, founder, Association for Accessibility and Equality(AAFE), Kenya
Peter Crosbie, advocate for the autistic community, France
Lidia Best, Vice President, European Federation of Hard of Hearing, UK