Ellis - Gerry

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I am a consultant in the area of Accessibility and Usability under the name of Feel The BenefIT.

I have worked for 30 years as a Software Engineer with a bank in Dublin.

I am a Fellow of the Irish Computer Society, which is the primary Irish organisation “serving ICT professionals and specialists in Ireland”.www.ics.ie

I have been involved both nationally and internationally in organisations concerned with the social inclusion of people with disabilities for over 25 years.

I am the former Chairperson of the Irish Council of People with Disabilities, which is the largest organisation in Ireland representing people with disabilities, their parents and carers. ICPD has been renamed to People with Disabilities in Ireland (PWDI). I was a National Board member of PWDI for over 5 years up to October 2006. I am currently Chairperson of the Dublin network.

I have been active on the National Boards and subcommittees of various mainstream organisations in Ireland which relate to ICT issues. This includes the Information Society Commission which was set up by Government to advance Ireland’s readiness to take advantage of the Information Age.

I hold a Degree in Economics from University College Dublin.

I am a former member of, and a current special adviser to, the Universal Access Committee of the European Disability Forum. EDF promotes the interests of around 80 million people with disabilities in Europe. www.edf-feph.org

I have spoken at conferences in 21 countries on 4 continents on various disability-related issues. These include.S.A., Tunisia, Egypt, Thailand and extensively in Europe. I spoke at both phases of the First World Summit on the Information Society in Geneva and Tunis.

I am part of the group which produced a CEN Agreement on a curriculum for training ICT Professionals in Universal Design. CEN is one of the 3 official European Standardisation organisations.http://www.cen.eu/cenorm/sectors/sectors/isss/workshops/ws-ud-prof-curriculum.asp