Public procurement has a direct impact on the daily lives of European citizens, on employment opportunities, health outcomes, and the social inclusion of disadvantaged or discriminated groups, including persons with disabilities. In January 2014, the EU adopted a Directive on Public Procurement that included specific requirements to reference in tenders accessibility for persons with disabilities. But the reality today is that in most member states accessibility criteria still are not yet included broadly or consistently in public ICT procurements.
This roundtable discussion will explore why more progress has not been made on including accessibility in ICT procurements across member states. It will include a focus on how procurement can be an effective driver of greater inclusion of persons with disabilities, including with examples from Europe and globally. It will set the stage for a renewed commitment for greater progress on implementing the European Procurement Directive and preparing for the European Accessibility Act.
Hector Minto, Microsoft
Catherine Naughton, European Disability Forum (EDF)
Ima Placencia, European Commission
Donal Rice, Ireland Centre for Excellence in Universal Design
Leah Glick-Stal, Accessibility, Accommodation, and Adaptive Computer Technology (AAACT) Program
Jules Kuehn, Accessibility, Accommodation, and Adaptive Computer Technology (AAACT) Program
Patrick Sabourin, Policy, Governance, Compliance and Training (PGCT)
James Thurston, G3ict – the Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs
Additional Participants to be Confirmed
Target audience: EDF Members, European government procurement officials and policy leaders, ICT vendors
Cohosted by the European Disability Forum, G3ict, and Microsoft.
This event will include international sign language interpretation and live subtitling.