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    Focus on Key Actors_Bue Vester_EDF Focus on Key Actors_Bue Vester_EDF Document Transcript

    • Assistive Technologies and Inclusive Solutions for All Focus on Key Actors Bue Vester-Andersen European Disability ForumThe representative organisation of persons with disabilities in Europe www.edf-feph.org
    • European Thematic Network on Assistive Technologies and Inclusive Solutions for AllEuropean Commission, CIP-ICT-PSP-2010-4 Project 270988www.atis4all.eu Accessibility and assistive technology The two things complement each other. Disabled person on an island wants access to the main land. AT reaches out from the island, and accessibility reaches out from the main land. The two have to meet in order to make a bridge for the disabled person to cross. Even the best accessibility may be worth nothing for a person if she doesnt have the Assistive technology necessary to access the system. Even the best Assistive technology cannot access an inaccessible system. 2
    • European Thematic Network on Assistive Technologies and Inclusive Solutions for AllEuropean Commission, CIP-ICT-PSP-2010-4 Project 270988www.atis4all.eu Accessibility and Usability Usability as the "soft part" of accessibility or accessibility as the "hard part" of usability. People with disability and elderly people are more sensitive to the lack of usability. A website may be accessible to the letter but unusable due to bad usability (317 links and 126 headings). Dont make me think (Steve Krug, www.sensible.com, 2005). Adapting to Web Standards (Christopher Schmitt, 2008) 3
    • European Thematic Network on Assistive Technologies and Inclusive Solutions for AllEuropean Commission, CIP-ICT-PSP-2010-4 Project 270988www.atis4all.eu The Three Link Together Accessibility as the measureable part Only noted when absent Nothing is stronger than the weakest link 4
    • European Thematic Network on Assistive Technologies and Inclusive Solutions for AllEuropean Commission, CIP-ICT-PSP-2010-4 Project 270988www.atis4all.eu Hot Topics for EDF Call for Binding EU legislation (directive) Horizontal legislation - meaning broad legislation. Needs to be horizontal and independent of any specific technology to be sustainable. Support standards and guidelines like WCAG and atag. 5
    • European Thematic Network on Assistive Technologies and Inclusive Solutions for AllEuropean Commission, CIP-ICT-PSP-2010-4 Project 270988www.atis4all.eu Hot Topics for EDF What should be Accessible? What should not be accessible? Public websites Extended definition also includes websites of entities that provide basic services for the public such as public transport operators, gas/electricity providers, banking, social security, etc. Intranets and systems providing access to work place and employment. Private websites may also benefit from accessibility, since people with disabilities and aging people constitute a considerable consumer segment. 6
    • European Thematic Network on Assistive Technologies and Inclusive Solutions for AllEuropean Commission, CIP-ICT-PSP-2010-4 Project 270988www.atis4all.eu Hot Topics for EDF Why binding Legislation? To be in line with the provisions of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which include accessibility of information and communication technologies and systems (article 9), access to information (article 21) and television programmes (article 30) not achieving e-accessibility would have a deep social effect, increasing costs of social protection systems and generating extra costs for the support of persons with disabilities and their families it results in a loss of human capital of disabled workers and thus in a general loss of productivity The general public will also benefit from e- accessibility measures. Non-binding instruments have been tried (councel resolutions and ministerial declarations). They dont work! The Riga Declaration 2006 7
    • European Thematic Network on Assistive Technologies and Inclusive Solutions for AllEuropean Commission, CIP-ICT-PSP-2010-4 Project 270988www.atis4all.eu 2011 Work on the future European Commission proposal for accessibility of public websites and websites providing basic services ANEC EBU and AGE also involved Full implementation of UN CRPD articles linked to e- accessibility (article 9, 21 and 30) Covers not only e-accessibility but also accessibility in general. 8
    • European Thematic Network on Assistive Technologies and Inclusive Solutions for AllEuropean Commission, CIP-ICT-PSP-2010-4 Project 270988www.atis4all.eu EDF and AGE AGE - EDF Position on the Future EU Digital Agenda (February 2010) Accessibility interoperability and affordability Interoperability Between AT and mainstream ICT Between formats and software Between services and products Affordability Important not to make further discrimination on the basis of AT affordability 9
    • European Thematic Network on Assistive Technologies and Inclusive Solutions for AllEuropean Commission, CIP-ICT-PSP-2010-4 Project 270988www.atis4all.eu AT User Organizations European Blind Union (EBU) European Union of the Deaf (EUD) European Federation of Hard of Hearing (EFHOH) Autism Europe Inclusion Europe European Down Syndrome Association (EDSA) European Dyslexia Association (EDA) International Federation of Persons with Physical Disability (FIMITIC) European Alliance of Muscular Dystrophy Association (EAMDA) European Association of Cochlear Implant Users (EURO-CIU) European Deafblind Network (EDbN) European Deafblind Union (EDBU) European Kidneys Patients Association (CEAPIR) European League of Stuttering Associations (ELSA) International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus (IF) Retina Europe European-umbrella organizations AGE, the European platform for older people, already involved in ATIS4all. ANEC, the European organisation representing consumers in standardization. 10