Legislation and policy on eAccessibility
Policy and legislation, besides business and other benefits, are key drivers for eAccessibility. The civil rights movements in the USA expressing the demand for equal rights independent living for people with disabilities, lead to first legislations (e.g. ADA (external), Section 508 (external)) which became a role model for comparable policy and legislative developments around the globe. The UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities (external) is a cumulating outcome of this global movement which today impacts on eAccessibility in the information society. This convention, which was signed till 2012 by 153 and ratified by 114 countries (including EU and all member states) addresses in many parts eAccessibility, Assistive Technologies and Design for All.
The following provides an overview to key policy and legislative resources at European and national level. Area and technology specific legislation and policy issues can be found in these sections on the eAccess+HUB.
- W3C/WAI's overview to Policy and Legislation (external)
- SAP Design Guild (external)
- G3ict (external)
Discussions and debates on policy and legislation
- European Disability Strategy (external)
- Flagship initiative Digital Agenda for Europe (DAE) (external)
- European Commission e-inclusion portal (external)
- EU Telecoms Package (external)
- EU audiovisual media services Directive (external)
- Measuring e-accessibility in Europe (MeAC1) (external)
- Monitoring e-accessibility in Europe (MeAC2) (external)
- The Academic network of European disability experts created DOTCOM, the Disability Online Tool of the European Commission (external). DOTCOM is constructed from a large database of information about national laws, policies, strategies and initiatives in the Member States of the European Union, its Candidate countries and other associated countries.
- European Disability Forum (EDF) (external)
- ANEC (external)
- AGE platform (external)
- Dedicated webpage on accessibility-related activities of the European Standardisation Committee (CEN) (external)
- Overview of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its dispositions on ICT accessibility (external)
- The MIREIA Project by the European Commission: on Measuring the Impact of eInclusion Actors on Digital Literacy, Skills and Inclusion goals of the Digital Agenda for Europe (external)
- Bundesbehindertengleichstellungsgesetz (external) and a discussion by ÖAR (external)
- eGovernmentGesetz (external) and a discussion by Maria Putzhuber (external)