Reports and studies :: Report of the Workshop "Access and digital ability: building a barrier-free digital society"
8 July 2011
This workshop explored ways to shape and co-create a barrier-free digital Europe by people with disabilities themselves (Digital Agenda action 64). To achieve this, a number of policy, technology, innovation and cooperation perspectives have to be taken into account and addressed. Web accessibility of online services, both public and private, as well as accessibility for audio-visual contents are two important prerequisites for reaching a barrier-free digital society that is accessible to all individuals. The merge of Internet and digital broadcasting is progressing and the combined efforts in making each of them more accessible have to be coordinated into a uniform accessible platform. But more challenges exist, such as developing and deploying ICT-based mobility assistance, or providing dynamically personalised interfaces that are available everywhere for everyone according to each individual’s needs and preferences. The measures discussed during this workshop aim at addressing some of these challenges and ensuring that all stakeholders become active contributors and co-creators of a barrier-free digital society.