e-Accessibility is the degree to which information and communication technologies are usable by as many people as possible, including by persons with disabilities. As of today, there is more than 600 millions people with disabilities concerned in the world. Almost 100 millions in Europe, 12 millions in France…
On December 1st 2008, the European Commission published a Communication "Towards an accessible information society". This communication states: "As our society is evolving to an 'information society', we are becoming intrinsically more dependent on technology-based products and services in our daily lives. Yet poor e-accessibility means many Europeans with a disability are still unable to access the benefits of the information society. [...]
High tech industries, for their part, are more and more aware that eAccessibility will quickly become a decisive factor in their competiveness. John Varley, Barclays CEO, sums up this opinion in the following statement: “We believe that our commitment to diversity and inclusion, backed up by a philosophy of accessibility, is not just a social and legal responsibility, but will be fundamental to the performance and competiveness of our business in years to come.”
However, despite the political resolve on eAccessibility and the increased interest expressed by the private sector, few studies on eAccessibility actual economic implications have been made. It is in this context that BrailleNet organizes on March the 28th, 2011, the 5th European eAccessibility Forum.
The following points will be addressed:
This conference will be also an opportunity for disabled users and industrials to share their experiences and to promote good practices harmonization.
The conference will be introuced by Ms. Marie-Anne MONTCHAMP, Secrétaire d’Etat auprès de la ministre des Solidarités et de la Cohésion sociale.