Web accessibility auditing

CEUD Site-LogoThe Centre for Excellence in Universal Design in Ireland has developed a very useful resource for web developers and website managers.

To find out how to improve the accessibility of a website you must establish its current level of accessibility. A web accessibility audit measures the accessibility level of your website against accessibility standards. It should lead to a list of actions to make your site more accessible to all users.

Go to the CEUD website to download the resources.

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eAccessibility policy in Europe: A review

The title of this research paper is DREAM work package: Monitoring the Implementation & Enforcement of eAccessibility law and policy at the Member State level”

E-accessibility refers to the design of information and communication technologies that are usable by persons with disabilities. The principle aim of this study was to identify how different intermediaries (e.g., policy approaches, participatory processes and commercial incentives) impact the monitoring, implementation and enforcement of e-accessibility policies. DREAM is the acronym for a group of member states interested in this endeavour.  The findings revealed:

  1. The need to develop an international procedural standard
  2. The need for a web accessibility professional association
  3. The need for a procedural accreditation
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Trends in Universal Design

Picture of a long concrete inclined walkway with the silhouette of two wheelchair usersThis document was compiled by the Delta Centre in Norway after the 2012 International UD Conference in Oslo. The conference gathered researchers, students, users, planners, public officers and other practitioners from 44 countries.  More than 150 presentations were given.  This multidisciplinary anthology contains examples from around the globe. Download PDF Trends in Universal Design here, or access via the web.

The Delta Centre is the Government’s National Resource Centre for Participation and Accessibility, and works for an inclusive society for a diverse population.

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Norway universally designed by 2025

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The Norwegian Government has taken the principles of universal design and applied them to their planning policies.  This has the effect of making everyone responsible for inclusion at every level – in the built environment, outdoor areas, transport, and ICT.  You can download their latest action plan Norway universally designed by 2025.

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