Proposal

APrIGF 2022 Session Proposal Submission Form
Part 1 - Lead Organizer
Contact Person
Ms. Swaran Ravindra
Email
Organization / Affiliation (Please state "Individual" if appropriate) *
Accessibility Standing Group/Fiji National University (academic)
Designation
Planning and Reporting Officer (ASG)
Gender
Female
Economy of Residence
Fiji
Primary Stakeholder Group
Academia
List Your Organizing Partners (if any)
Accessibility Standing Group:
Chair: Gunela Astbrink ph# +61 417 715 738 email: g.astbrink@gsa.com.au
Part 2 - Session Proposal
Session Title
Inclusion of persons with disabilities in the ICT Job Sector
Session Format
Panel Discussion
Where do you plan to organize your session?
Onsite at the venue (with online moderator for questions and comments from remote participants)
Specific Issues for Discussion
Around the world, more than 15% of the population has one or more disabilities. This constitutes over 1 billion persons worldwide. While there have been numerous efforts directed towards legislative and policy reform, the inclusion of persons with disabilities remains a challenge, particularly in STEM-related subject areas. Even to this day, persons with disabilities face barriers and obstacles in early education, which consequently further marginalises them and deprives them of job opportunities. This session will discuss some such barriers, and the need for education, training, support, and partnership with ICT stakeholders to create an enabling environment for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in the ICT sector. Fundamentally, the session will focus on creating sustainable opportunities of ICT job opportunities to ensure continued inclusion.
As such, the key issues for discussion are:
1. What are some of the gaps between the current ICT job market vs the population density of persons with disability? How can this be improved?
2. How can the technical community help to address these gaps?
3. How can training organizations become more inclusive of persons with disability?
4. What role does legislation have in increasing training and employment prospects? What are your thoughts on job quotas for persons with disability?
5. How can stakeholders work together to create a pathway for educational progress leading to absorption into a preferred job market
Describe the Relevance of Your Session to APrIGF
With more people actively participating in the digital economy, it is vital to acknowledge the fact that persons with disabilities still face a number of disparities in the digital spaces which greatly inhibit their ability to practice their digital rights. A people-centric Internet is where people from all parts of the community including persons with disability can be actively engaged. This means not only safely using an accessible Internet but also successfully being employed in the sector. This session focuses on how we as a community can work together to create an accessible environment to train and employ more tech people with disability.
Panelists may discuss the role of equal opportunity legislation in some economies and whether this may influence more ICT job opportunities for persons with disabilities. The challenge of implementation will be discussed. Is there enough information at a regional level about various disabilities and any support needs? Panelists will recommend ways in which relevant stakeholders can work together to create a pathway for educational progress; potentially leading to absorption into preferred job markets.
Methodology / Agenda (Please add rows by clicking "+" on the right)
Time frame (e.g. 5 minutes, 20 minutes, should add up to 60 minutes) Description
2 mins Introduction of the session and the moderator
3 mins Moderator introduces the panelists and the topics
8 mins Panelists share their views on #1 Audience Q&A
8 mins Panelists share their views on #2 Audience Q&A
8 mins Panelists share their views on #3 Audience Q&A
8 mins Panelists share their views on #4 Audience Q&A
8 mins Panelists share their views on #5 Audience Q&A
10 mins Moderator summarizes key points of the discussion and presents closing remarks
Moderators & Speakers Info (Please complete where possible)
  • Moderator (Primary)

    • Name: Swaran Ravindra
    • Organization: Fiji National University
    • Designation: Academia
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Fiji
    • Stakeholder Group: Academia
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only): https://www.linkedin.com/in/swaran-ravindra-1b4855b5/
  • Moderator (Back-up)

    • Name: Gunela Astrink
    • Organization: ISOC-Accessibility Standing Group, Internet Society
    • Designation: Chair of Accessibility Standing Group, Internet Society
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Australia
    • Stakeholder Group: Technical Community
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only): https://www.linkedin.com/in/gunela-astbrink-150a63a/
  • Speaker 1

    • Name: Sylvia Cadena
    • Organization: APNIC
    • Designation: Head of Programs and Partnership
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Australia
    • Stakeholder Group: Technical Community
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Invited
    • Link of Bio (URL only): https://www.linkedin.com/in/sylviacadena/
  • Speaker 2

    • Name: Philip Smith
    • Organization: APRICOT/PFS Internet Development
    • Designation: PFS Internet Development
    • Gender: Male
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Australia
    • Stakeholder Group: Technical Community
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only): https://www.linkedin.com/in/philip-smith-154502/
  • Speaker 3

    • Name: Georgina Naigulevu
    • Organization: Tetra Tech (Digital and Health Information)
    • Designation: Programmer
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Fiji
    • Stakeholder Group: Technical Community
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only): https://www.linkedin.com/in/georginanaigulevu/
  • Speaker 4

    • Name: Manique Gunaratne
    • Organization: The Employers' Federation of Ceylon
    • Designation: Manager – Specialised Training & Disability Resource Centre
    • Gender: Female
    • Economy / Country of Residence: Sri Lanka
    • Stakeholder Group: Academia
    • Expected Presence: In-person
    • Status of Confirmation: Confirmed
    • Link of Bio (URL only): https://www.linkedin.com/in/manique-gunaratne-34722519/
Please explain the rationale for choosing each of the above contributors to the session.
Speaker 1- Sylvia Cadena
Sylvia is the Head of Programs and Partnership at the APNIC Foundation. As part of the Foundation's strategic pillar on Meaningful Impact, the Inclusion Program is open to support initiatives with a focus on diversity and accessibility, including grants and awards under the ISIF Asia fund and the Switch! SEA project, focusing on building capacity for women and LGBTQI+ technical staff in South East Asia. Sylvia will bring her perspectives on how APNIC Foundation is working to build capacity and increase diversity across the Internet industry

Speaker 2- Philip Smith
Philip is Chair of APRICOT and through the diversity in technology team initiated a disability session at APRICOT2022; he will offer further thoughts on how the technology sector can support the inclusion of persons with disabilities particularly in the ICT job market

Speaker 3- Georgina Naigulevu
Georgina as a successful programmer and a woman with a disability will bring her experiences of working in the tech sector, including her projects in assistive technologies for the blind.

Speaker 4 - Manique Gunaratne
Manique has extensive experience in training persons with disability in ICT and creating pathways for their employment. She will have a substantial contribution to the session as a technical person who has a visual impairment.

Furthermore; diversity in stakeholder groups is vital as well as gender and geographical diversity. Georgina, Philip, and Sylvia represent the technical community. Manique is from the private sector.
Gunela is from the civil society while Swaran is from academia.
If you need assistance to find a suitable speaker to contribute to your session, or an onsite facilitator for your online-only session, please specify your request with details of what you are looking for.
No thanks
Please declare if you have any potential conflict of interest with the Program Committee 2022.
No
Are you or other session contributors planning to apply for the APrIGF Fellowship Program 2022?
No
APrIGF offers live transcript in English for all sessions. Do you need any other translation support or any disability related requests for your session? APrIGF makes every effort to be a fully inclusive and accessible event, and will do the best to fulfill your needs.
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Number of Participants (Please fill in numbers)
    • Male: 1
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