On 26th October 2016, the European Parliament approved the EU Directive on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies. The new rules establish a set of criteria and technical provisions to enable everyone, including people with disabilities (in particular vision or hearing impairments), to have access to online data and services provided by public sector bodies.
This rewards AGE Platform Europe’s campaign, started several years ago together with the European Blind Union (EBU), the European Disability Forum (EDF) and the European Organisation representing Consumers in Standardisation (ANEC), in favour of a binding legislation on web accessibility. Our common objective was to ensure that public sector websites and websites delivering basic services to citizens are made accessible to all.
Useful links :
- European Parliament adopted report
- European Commission press release
- Web accessibility: It is time to make everyone benefit from the digital revolution (press release)
- Inaccessible Websites : Time to Act ! (press release)
- Joint call to the Council on the Web Accessibility Directive
- AGE becomes partner in a new project on online public services for older persons
- Help improve accessibility of websites through crowd sourcing
Read November’s Special Briefing for more details