Peter Blanck to lecture at University of Sydney on eQuality - The Struggle for Web Accessibility by Persons with Cognitive Disabilities

July 20, 2015

Media@Sydney and the Sydney Democracy Network present

eQuality ­The Struggle for Web Accessibility by Persons with Cognitive Disabilities

Professor Peter Blanck (Syracuse University)

Monday 20 July
3:00-5:00 pm
S226 Seminar Room Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney
John Woolley Building (A20) level 2, entry off Manning Road

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Never before have the rights of people with disabilities aligned so well with developments in information and communication technology. The centre of the technology revolution is the Internet's World Wide Web, which fosters unprecedented opportunities for engagement in democratic society.

Blanck at University of Sydney

Blanck at University of Sydney

Professor Blanck's talk, based on his recent book published by Cambridge University Press, is on web equality for people with cognitive as well as other disabilities. Blanck argues that the principles derived from the right to the web ­ freedom of speech and individual dignity ­are bound to lead toward full and meaningful involvement in society for persons with cognitive and other disabilities.

Dr. Peter Blanck is University Professor at Syracuse University, which is the highest faculty rank granted to eight prior individuals in the history of the University. He is Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University. Blanck received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Rochester, a Juris Doctorate from Stanford University, where he was President of the Stanford Law Review, and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University.

University of Sydney

Blanck at University of Sydney

Blanck has written articles and books on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related laws, and received grants to study disability law and policy. Blanck and Robin Malloy are editors of the Cambridge University Press series Disability Law and Policy. Blanck is Chairman of the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC), and President of Raising the Floor (RtF) USA. For information about Professor Blanck's biography, see http://bbi.syr.edu/about/team/Leadership_Team/Peter_Blanck.html

For any enquiries regarding Professor Blanck's seminar, contact Professor Gerard Goggin: gerard.goggin@sydney.edu.au or 02 9114 1218

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