Barriers prevent full participation
Online services have rapidly become the main channel of interaction between constituents and government as it saves time, effort and money for all parties. But those that cannot take advantage of them fall ever further behind in terms of socio-economic opportunities.
In particular, people with disabilities often face insurmountable barriers to access audio-visual media and online services, a digital divide that is also a social divide. As life expectancy increases in Europe, so will the need for greater accessibility of public services and online content. Yet, only about 10% of Europe's government websites are regarded as fully accessible today according to a related study.
Uncover barriers and find out how to remove them
The European Internet Inclusion Initiative (EIII) will prepare a collection of services in a new combination of existing automated evaluation tools for accessibility and also supports user testing of websites and audio-visual media. EIII is open source to ensure accountability of results and facilitate adoption and competition among vendors.
EIII empowers policy-makers and constituents to monitor and participate in greater inclusiveness of public services. The EIII supports the originally proposed European Directive on the accessibility of public sector bodies to make 12 types of government services accessible for all and improve accessibility more broadly. We will as far as possible also take more recent development on the proposed directive into account. (See also the press release on MEPs vote to make online public services accessible to everyone.)
For more information, or if you'd like to join us, please get in touch.