G3ict is a scientific partner to the Forum
Most digital content professionals recognise the legal and business case for developing accessible products and services. Nonetheless, campaigns exhorting e-Accessibility tend to ring hollow as the professionals concerned lack the basic training to be able to implement the associated techniques, methodologies and technologies. Accessibility is absent from the curricula of most universities, and companies rarely consider it sufficiently strategic to be the subject of employee training and development.
In the current economic climate, companies are pushed to do more with less. The business and legal consequences of non-compliance are such that a company can no longer afford to relegate e-Accessibility to the periphery. Never before has there been a more marked need for in-house skills to deploy e-Accessibility effectively. The skills of organisations’ employees in implementing accessibilty in-house, or outsourcing to trained professionals, is crucial to the future success of e-Accessibility, and central to organisations’ competitiveness, edge and growth ambitions.
The role of industry specialists and policymakers is paramount in fostering e-Accessibility as a professional skill. Governments and organisations wishing to see increased levels of e-Accessibility will need to act decisively to ensure professionals have access to quality educational resources.
The 7th European Forum on e-Accessibility will address the following themes:
The e-Accessibility Profession today
Added value and immediate business relevance of eAccessibility training
How to plan, implement and evaluate e-Accessibility skills
On-going professional development and knowledge management