Betty Dion Will Speak on International Accessibility Standards for Persons with Disabilities

International Accessibility Standards for Persons with Disabilities is the title of a presentation to be given by Betty Dion, Chair of the International Commission on Technology and Accessibility for Rehabilitation International. Betty is the author of Best Practices in Universal Design: A Comparative Study. Her presentation will be in Washington, DC Wednesday July 27, 2005 in World Bank Building "G."

From the Press Release:

Sponsored by the World Bank Disability & Development Team and USAID

International Accessibility Standards for Persons with Disabilities

Who: Betty Dion, Chair
International Commission on Technology and Accessibility A
Commission of Rehabilitation International
When: Wednesday July 27, 2005 12:30 - 2:00 PM
Where: World Bank, G Building, Room G7-161
Chair: Mr. Rob Horvath, USAID, Program Development Advisor



Betty Dion will provide an historical overview of the development of
international accessibility standards from around the world.
The author of Best Practices in Universal Design: A Comparative Study, Betty will provide a global analysis of the similarities and differences in accessibility standards and codes will highlight diverse technical and cultural approaches. She will provide information on international access standards and standards that have been used in the re-building and re-construction of both post-disaster and post-war situations. The presentation will include an example of the costs of
including accessibility into the initial design and construction of buildings and the long term benefits to society, demonstrated by a cost benefit analysis for building an accessible school in Galle, Indonesia.


Betty Dion is the Chair of ICTA Global, the International Commission on
Technology and Accessibility
, a Commission of Rehabilitation International (RI), an organization with members from over 100 countries.

She chaired the Canadian Standards Association CAN CSA B651 M-04 Accessibility of the Built Environment for ten years and represents Canada on the ISO TC59/SC16 Committee, responsible for the Accessibility and Usability of the Built Environment Standard.

Betty has worked extensively in Canada and Internationally on accessibility issues relating to human rights and accessibility in the areas of transportation, large public facilities, homes and has conducted accessibilityaudits for human rights commissions in Canada.

Disability Accommodations:

American Sign Language will be provided. For other accommodation needs, please contact us at


The venue is the World Bank G Building at 1776 G Street, North West. The
entrance is on G Street, between 17th and 18th Streets. (Please see Map below)
The room is on the 7th Floor. The closest Metros are Farragut West and Farragut

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After your RSVP is received, visitors? Passes will be available for registered
guests at the G Building front desk. Please bring your photo ID with you.

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