Name: Muhammad Shabbir
Date: 10 Feb 2024
Affiliation: Path Finder Solutions (Private) Limited
Original Public Comment: Draft ICANN FY25 Plans
There is no mention of making ICANN content, meetings, and/or processes accessible for people with disabilities in the five years plan. It's crucial to ensure that ICANN's operating and financial plan for the next five years incorporates accessibility measures and considers the needs of people with disabilities. While the plan aims to outline ICANN's mission in the public interest, it must include specific strategies for making ICANN's platforms, meetings, and information accessible to individuals with various disabilities. This includes providing alternative formats for materials, ensuring that online platforms are compatible with assistive technologies, and implementing inclusive practices in all aspects of ICANN's operations. It must be noted that persons with disabilities are about 15 percent of the world population and form the world's largest minority. By prioritizing accessibility, ICANN can truly serve the public interest and ensure that all voices, including those of people with disabilities, are heard and included in the internet governance process.
Summary of Submission
The submission highlights a critical gap in the Draft ICANN FY25–29 Operating and Financial Plan regarding accessibility for people with disabilities. It emphasizes the importance of incorporating accessibility measures into ICANN's operations over the next five years, including making content, meetings, and processes accessible to individuals with disabilities. By prioritizing accessibility, ICANN can better serve the public interest and ensure that all voices, including those of people with disabilities, are heard and included.