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eAccess+: eACCESS+: the eAccessibility Network

Much expertise, many guidelines and tools exist on e-accessibility but they are of a highly fragmented nature. As announced in the Communication of December 2008 on eAccessibility, the Thematic Network eAccess+ will create a platform for collecting and providing guidance on how to use in practice this body of knowledge. eAccess+ is a best-practice network too that will facilitate co-operation between the community of practitioners (found in research institutions and consultancies) and all the other stakeholders (policy makers, administrators in the public sector, technical staff in the private sector…).
The purpose is to accelerate the take-up of e-accessibility specifications and technical solutions, and to contribute to a common approach at European level.
The network will support the development of common guidelines and standards, and, where needed, will provide rationale for harmonised political and legal measures.

eAccess+ will address the following areas:

- web accessibility, as a main focus, in order to ensure accessibility of public web sites in the Member States, in particular through the migration from national web accessibility guidelines and methodologies to the new W3C/WCAG2.0 guidelines,
- accessible convergent communications and in particular accessibility of interactive digital television,
- self-service terminals, in particular in the banking/financial sector, in public transports, in tourism / cultural heritage, and in e-government.

Work will be organised in four methodological steps: consultation (introduction, information, advice, feedback), analysis (problems, ideas, incentives, proposals), support (examples, best practice, guidelines), and dissemination. Those four steps will be implemented in three waves, work will start with a first group of already more advanced Member States and then will extend to include more Member States, while expanding activities in the first group.

Contact information

MIESENBERGER Klaus
ALTENBERGERSTRASSE 69
4040 LINZ
AUSTRIA
Tel. +4373224689232
Fax. +4373224689322

Participants

Coordinator: UNIVERSITAET LINZ, AUSTRIA

Participating partners:

Organisation Country
UNIVERSITAET LINZ AUSTRIA
EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR ACCESSIBLE TOURISM ASBL BELGIUM
EUROPEAN DISABILITY FORUM BELGIUM
AGE - LA PLATEFORME EUROPEENNE DES PERSONNES AGEES ET RETRAITEES BELGIUM
SENSUS Aps DENMARK
ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OFASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY IN EUROPE DENMARK
GEIE ERCIM FRANCE
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V GERMANY
University of the Aegean-Research Unit GREECE
NATIONAL DISABILITY AUTHORITY IRELAND
NEOS SISTEMI SRL ITALY
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE ITALY
ASSOCIAZIONE ITALIANA PER L ASSISTENZA AGLI SPASTICI PROVINCIA DI BOLOGNA ITALY
ASSOCIAZIONE ITALIANA EDITORI ITALY
TINGTUN AS NORWAY
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY KOSICE SLOVAK REPUBLIC
INDRA SOFTWARE LABS SLU SPAIN
HJALPMEDELSINSTITUTET SWEDEN
STICHTING HOGESCHOOL VOOR DE KUNSTEN UTRECHT THE NETHERLANDS
STICHTING DEDICON THE NETHERLANDS
STICHTING BARTIMEUS ACCESSIBILITY THE NETHERLANDS
NextGeneration4all group c.v. THE NETHERLANDS
UNIVERSITY OF YORK UNITED KINGDOM
UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE UNITED KINGDOM
IN2 SEARCH INTERFACES DEVELOPMENT LIMITED UNITED KINGDOM

Last update: 08/10/2010

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