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E-Accessibility - A perspective of Persons with Disabilities. Nadège Riche, Policy Officer European Disability Forum (EDF) ATIS4All Second Workshop 9 September 2011 Prague, Czech Republic. European Disability Forum (EDF). Organisation OF persons with disabilities

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E-Accessibility - A perspective of Persons with Disabilities

Nadège Riche, Policy Officer

European Disability Forum (EDF)

ATIS4All Second Workshop

9 September 2011

Prague, Czech Republic

European Disability Forum (EDF)

Organisation OF persons with disabilities

  • Representation of the 85 million Europeans with disabilities

  • Representation of all disabilities: persons with physical, sensory or cognitive impairments, people with mental health condition

  • Umbrella organisations of European disability organisations: 29 National Disability Councils and 24 European NGOs as full members

  • Our mission

  • Guarantee the human and fundamental rights of persons with disabilities

  • Promote equal opportunities for persons with disabilities

  • Fight against discrimination on the basis of disability

  • Areas of Work

  • Non discrimination, education, employment, transport, built environment, ICT, standardisation, etc.

EDF, E-Accessibility and ICT ATs

  • Definition

  • E-accessibility means access to mainstream ICT products and services by the widest possible number of people, regardless of their age or disabilities, in accordance with the concept of Universal Design.

  • However, persons with disabilities, who are a very heterogeneous group, may still need in some cases special services or goods. It is therefore important to also support the development of assistive technologies and ensure compatibility and interoperability between assistive and mainstream technologies.

  • E-Accessibility and Link with ICT ATs

  • First: accessible mainstream ICT products and services

  • Second: ICT ATs to accommodate the specific needs of persons with disabilities

Perspective of Persons with Disabilities

on ICTs

  • ICTs as enabling tools

  • Accessibility of ICTs is not an end in itself, but ICTs are enablers for inclusion and participation in ICTs

  • More important for persons with disabilities because persons with disabilities use ICTs more often than on average

  • Aspects to be taken into account for persons with disabilities to use ICTs

  • Accessibility

  • Availability

  • Usability

  • Affordability

  • Interoperability and compatibility

  • Quality

Perspective of Persons with Disabilities


  • State of Play

  • Persons with disabilities explain that ATs are:

    • Expensive

    • Difficult and long to get

    • Complex to use

  • Inequalities in access to ATs between Europeans with disabilities

  • Aspects to Develop the AT Field

  • Create a AT European internal market for economy of scale

  • Simplify the supply of ATs

  • Ensure participation and involvement of persons with disabilities

  • Providing information and training to persons with disabilities

E-Accessibility: Policy Background

  • United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD)

  • Accessibility: Articles 3(f) and 9 on accessibility

  • Universal Design and AT: Article 2

  • Concluded by the EU on 23 December 2010

  • Europe 2020 and Digital Agenda for Europe

  • European 2020: smart, sustainable and inclusive growth

  • Digital Agenda for Europe/Pillar 6 on digital literacy, skills and inclusion

  • EU Disability Strategy 2010-2020

  • Accessibility as one of the main pillar

EDF and E-Accessibility Legislation

  • Top Campaign on Freedom of Movement, including ICTs

  • Freedom of movement of goods, services and people

  • 3 deliverables: a binding European Accessibility Act, a European Mobility Card and the EDF Freedom Guide

    AGE-ANEC-EBU –EDF Campaign on Accessible Websites

  • Digital Agenda for Europe: accessibility of public websites and websites delivering basic services to citizens by 2015

  • Call for binding EU legislation on web-accessibility

  • Sector-specific legislation

  • E-communications: Telecoms Package, Universal Services Directive

  • Audio-visual Media Services Directive

EDF and Accessibility of Specific ICTs

  • Projects and Cooperation to Enhance Accessibility of Specific ICTs

  • Smart Accessibility Award with Vodafone Foundation and AGE: accessibility of applications

  • developer.vodafone.com/smartaccess2011

  • Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative with the Mobile Manufacturer Forum

  • www.accessibility.info

  • Cooperation with DIGITALEUROPE on accessibility of TV

EDF and Spreading Knowledge on E-Accessibility

  • Projects to Raise Awareness, Educate and Train on E-Accessibility

  • ATIS4all, thematic network on ICT ATs

  • www.atis4all.eu

  • eAccess+, thematic network on e-accessibility

  • www.eaccessplus.eu

Nadège Riche

EDF Policy Officer

[email protected]


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