Technology for inclusion

Policies and Legislations in favour of e-accessibility in Europe / Politiques et Législations en faveur de l'accessibilité numérique en Europe

Sous le Patronage de Madame Claudie Haigneré, Ministre Déléguée au Affaires Européennes
en présence de Madame Marie-Anne Montchamp, Secrétaire d'Etat aux Personnes Handicapées

Cité des sciences et de l'industrie
Salle Louis Armand
30, avenue Corentin-Cariou
75930 Paris cedex 19

Monday 31 January 2005 / Lundi 31 Janvier 2005
Paris - 9:00 - 17:30
(Registration / Enregistrement: 8:15)

Programme / Programme

9:00 - Opening Session / Ouverture

Welcome Address / Mot de bienvenue
Jean -François HEBERT, Président de la Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, France.

Introduction / Introduction
Dominique Burger, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale, Association BrailleNet, France.

What does accessibility mean ? / Définir l'accessibilité ?
Alistair Garrison, Accessinmind Limited, United Kingdom.
The presentation will clarify some basic concepts concerning accessibility. It will examine how the term "accessible" may correspond to different understandings depending on the context it is used ( W3C recommendations, local legislations, public procurement, user requirements, ...). But finally is will be demonstrated that these different definition are not in contradiction but contribute together to a global approach to more efficient services for the benefit of all users.

A Comparative Assessment of Web Accessibility and Technical Standards Conformance in Four EU States / Evaluation comparative de l'accessibilité du Web et du respect des standards dans quatre pays européens
Barry McMullin and Carmen Marincu, RINCE, Dublin City University, Ireland.
The paper presents results of a comparative survey of Web accessibility guidelines and HTML standards conformance for samples of Web sites drawn from Ireland, the United Kingdom, France and Germany. A particular conclusion of the study is that the general level of Web accessibility guideline conformance, and HTML standards conformance, in all of the samples studied is very poor; and that the pattern of failure is strikingly consistent in the four samples. Although considerable efforts are being made to promote Web accessibility for users with disabilities, this is certainly not yet manifesting itself through such automated survey instruments.

9:45 - "All around Europe" / "Partout en Europe"(1)
Chair Shadi ABOU-ZHARA, W3C/WAI.

"Setting up a Quality Mark for web accessibility in the Netherlands and results of two years of web evaluation testing" / "La mise en place d'une marque de qualité aux Pays-Bas et les résultats de deux années d'évaluation"
Eric Velleman, Bartimeus Accessibility Foundation, The Netherlands.

"Applying Web standards at the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports in the Netherlands: and (for the English part)" / "L'application des standards du Web au Ministère de la Santé, de la Qualité de Vie et des Sports aux Pays-Bas: et (pour la partie en anglais)"
G.C. Berkouwer, Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports, The Netherlands.

E-Accessibility Legislation and its application in Italy / La loi en faveur de l'accessibilité numérique en Italie et son application.
Domenico Gargani, Ministro per l'Innovazione e le Tecnologie, Italy.

"E-Accessibility Legislation and Initiatives in Ireland" / "Lois et initiatives en faveur de l'accessibilité numérique en Irlande."
Donal Rice, ICT Accessibility Coordinator, National Disability Authority, Ireland.
The paper will introduce current and pending Irish legislation that is relevant to e-accessibility. It will also examine the main initiative in this area in Ireland, namely the National Disability Authority's "Excellence Through Accessibility" awards process which is due to be launched in the Summer of 2005. This awards process aims to encourage, monitor and award improvements in accessibility of public service providers and government departments.

11:00 Break / Pause

11:20 "All around Europe" (2) / "Partout en Europe" (2)
Chair Klaus MIESENBERGER, University Linz.

"Making the administration more accessible for people with disabilities in Spain" / "Rendre l'administration plus accessible pour les personnes handicapées en Espagne"
Juan Carlos Ramiro Iglesias, Secretaría de Estado de Servicios Sociales, Familia y Discapacidad Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales, Spain
The new Spanish Government stated the achievement of the full accessibility in all the aspects related with the Public Administration -architectonic accessibility, access to employment, access to the New Technologies- as one of its priorities. In order to aim this the Government has already started to carry out Strategic Accessibility Plans. The first and most significant of these plans is "The Moncloa Palace Plan" aimed to make this Presidential Palace completely accessible. It's also committed to have all the Web portals of the Administration accessible according to the recommendations of the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium

"Developing new services for the e-accessibility in Spain" / "Développement de nouveaux services pour l'accessibilité numérique en Espagne"
Miguel JIMENEZ, Teleservicios Foundation
The company Teleservicios will present their experience in developping new services related to the e-accessibility laws in Spain. The company is affiliated to the ONCE a major organisation acting in favour of persons with disabilities in Spain. The ONCE also plays an influencial role on policies at European level.

"E-accessibility in Germany: acts and ordinances, outcome of benchmarking and activities" / "Accessibilité numérique en Allemagne: lois et ordonnances, résultats d'une étude comparative"
Rainer Wallbruch, FTB, Germany.
German law regarding e-accessibility is introduced and aspects for e-accessibility of the Act on Equal Opportunities for Disabled (BGG) and federal law (LBGG) are shown. Differences and commonness of the Ordinance on Barrier-Free Information Technology (BITV) and WCAG1.0 are presented.
Results of a benchmarking study for the years 2002 and 2003 are outlined.
Network activities of the German Alliance for barrier free Information technology (AbI) are introduced. This introduction is focused on the 3-step procedure for testing accessibility of websites of AbI and on the publicity approach of the BIENE-awards 2003 and 2004.

" - the main Austrian governmental portal for administrative services: an example of accessible e-government" / " - le principal portail gouvernemental des services administratifs en Autriche : un exemple d'accessibilité pour l'e-government"
Sylvia Archmann, Federal Chancellery, Division for Online Services, Austria; Klaus Miesenberger, University of Linz.

12:40 Lunch break / Pause déjeuner

14 :00 "All around Europe" / "Partout en Europe" (3)
Chair Jan ENGELEN, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

"The law and the accompanying mesures in France" / "Le cadre législatif en France et les mesures d'accompagnement"
Pascal SOUHARD, Agence pour le Développement de l'Administration Electronique, France.

"Specificities of an accessible Web site project: example of" / "Particularité d'un projet de site accessible : l'exemple du site
Frédéric DULAC Eolas, Business & Decision, France.

"E-accessibility initiatives undertaken in Belgium and on the demand of European Institutions in the field of e-accessibility" / "Les initiatives en faveur de l'accessibilité numérique en Belgique et la demande des institutions européennes."
Marc Walraven, ASCII, Belgium.

"Public e-accessibility in Sweden" / "L'accessibilité du service public numérique en Suède"
Funda Denizhan, Usability Architect, Statskontoret, The Swedish Agency for Public Management.

This presentation will cover:

  • Swedish laws and regulations concerning e-accessibility;
  • Public actors influencing e-accessibility;
  • "The 24 hour web" - guidelines on design of public websites;
  • Public procurement in Sweden, particularly accessibility as an award criteria in procurements for framework agreements;
  • Availability of e-accessibility expertise on the market.

"A toolkit to promote good practice in Public Procurement, in Danemark" / "Un outil logiciel pour encourager les bonnes pratiques dans le domaine des appels d'offre publics au Danemark"
Rasmus Shermer, The National IT and Telecom Agency, Denmark.
The presentation is about the The Danish View, The Use of A Persuasive Approach to Aid Accessibility in Public Procurement. It will be presenting a Public Procurement Toolkit, meant for use in every situation where an authority develops and/or purchases any digital solution. It is however specifically focused on the public procurement process.
The specifications are therefore drawn up in a way so that they can easily be placed in the Calls for Tender. Each specification is followed by a box where the tender can specify if this is a demand and the producer can specify if the solutions meet this demand and how.

15 :40 Break / Pause

16:00 "Approaches towards harmonisation" / "Démarches vers l'harmonisation"
Chair Eric VELLEMAN, Bartiméus Accessibility Foundation.

"The benefit of deploying Accessibility Standards for a Corporate Intranet: the IBM experience" / "L'intérêt de déployer les standards d'accessibilité dans l'Intranet d'une grande entreprise: l'exprience IBM"
Jean-Louis Carvès - IBM Accessibility Center EMEA, France.

"Supporting the creation of an e-Accessibility Mark : the Support EAM Project" / "Soutenir la création d'une Marque de Qualité pour l'accessibilité numérique : le projet européen Support-EAM"
Pierre Guillou, Association BrailleNet, France.
The objective of Support-EAM is to create an e-Accessibility Quality Mark for Web services, as part of the Action Plan eEurope 2005: An information society for all. It clearly refers to the Council Resolution on "eAccessibility" - improving the access of people with disabilities to the Knowledge Based Society (doc. 5165/03), inviting the Commission and the member states "to consider the provision of an "eAccessibility mark" for goods and services which comply with relevant standards for eAccessibility". The project will be based on the harmonisation of the methodologies used in Europe to assess the compliance of Web sites to the recommendations of W3C/WAI the will. An European Organisation will be created to disseminate the results of the project. Support-EAM is an IST funded project (specific support action) under the Sixth Framework Programme of the European Commission.

"European Policy challenges on eAccessibility" / "Challenges de la politique européenne en matiere d'accessibilité numérique"
Per Blixt, e-Inclusion Unit, European Commission.

17:00 Closing Speech / Discours de Clôture
Madame Marie-Anne MONTCHAMP, Secrétaire d'Etat aux Personnes Handicapées.

17:30 Closing Session / Clôture

Demonstrations / Démonstration

In parallel with the conference, demonstrations of e-accessibility solutions will be displayed / Des démonstrations de solutions pour l'accessibilité numérique sur l'espace conférence :

  • Home Page Reader V3.04, IBM Accessibility Center EMEA
  • AccessiWeb, Association BrailleNet
    A French portal on web accessibility, site certification, evaluation criteria / Portail sur l'accessibilité, sites labellisés, critère.
  • Atlas, Atalan
    A management tool to develop the accessibility and usability of Web sites/ Outil de gestion de contenu produisant des pages accessibles
  • WebXM, Watchfire/ Shift Infi
    E-accessibility evaluation tool/ Outil d'évaluation de l'accessibilité Web
  • ReadSpeaker, ReadSpeaker
    A Web solution to convert text to synthesize speech of a Web site / Solution de lecture vocale des sites Web.

Organisation / Organisation

The conference is organised in partnership with / Le séminaire est organisé conjointement par :

  • Agence pour le Développement de l'Administration électronique
  • Délégation aux usages d'Internet
  • Association BrailleNet
  • Cité des sciences et de l'industrie
  • EdeAN-France (European Design for All e-Accessibility Network)

Information - Contacts

Dominique BURGER - INSERM - Président de l'association BrailleNet : tél 01 44 27 25 32

Financially supported by / Soutiens financiers

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