Internationalization of Accessible Multimedia to Support Persons with Print Disabilities
Global Chair, International Commission on Accessibility and Technology (ICTA) Board (Past President), DAISY Consortium Vice President, Assistive Technology Development Organization (ATDO)
Access to information is a fundamental human right in the Information Society. Equal opportunities in with Disabilities (CRPD). “Accessible Multimedia” mentioned in the Article 2 of CRPD is the best promising solution to make information accessible and easy to understand for everybody.
The speaker will address the needs of persons with print disabilities, illiteracy and indigenous peoples.
Current key technology for “Accessible Multimedia” is synchronization of texts, sound and graphics.
Standardization to implement “Accessible Multimedia” has been led by the DAISY Consortium.
The speaker, founder and former President of the DAISY Consortium will give outline of the international standard development work with special focus on internationalization of EPUB standard.
A call for Egypt-Japan collaborative research and development on “Accessible Multimedia” will be presented.
Hiroshi Kawamura is the Vice President of the Assistive Technology Development Organization. He chaired the Section of Libraries for the Blind/International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (1990-1995) while he served for the University of Tokyo Library (1970-1997). He has been a Board member of the DAISY Consortium (www/daisy/org) since the establishment of the Consortium in 1996. He led the nation wide implementation of DAISY in Japan (1998-2003). He contributed to the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society (2003-2005) as the Disability Focal Point, and again contributed to the 3rd United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction as a Disability Group Focal Point. The most current focus of his work is bridging documents and motion pictures.