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4th European eAccessibility Forum

eAccessibility of Public Services in Europe

12/04/2010, 9:00 - 18:00
Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie - Paris, France

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General description

The importance of e-Inclusion has been recognised quite early by the European Community. Currently several actions to advance e-Inclusion have been undertaken in the framework of the  i2010 initiative by Member States, the European Commission, industry, and NGOs representing users.

On 1st December 2008, the European Commission published a Communication to the European Parliament, the Ministers' Council, the Economic and Social European Comity and the Lands' Comities : "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. [...]

The Commission considers it is now urgent to achieve a more coherent, common and effective approach to e-accessibility, in particular web accessibility, to hasten the advent of an accessible information society [...]."

An equal access to ICT is now  established as a fundamental right by  the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities that  was adopted on 13 December 2006 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. It now signed by 143 countries, ratified by 71. These countries commit themselves « to  take appropriate measures to ensure to persons with disabilities access, on an equal basis with others, to the physical environment, to transportation, to information and communications, including information and communications technologies and systems, and to other facilities and services open or provided to the public, both in urban and in rural areas ».

The 4th European eAccessibility Forum to be held in Paris on 12 April 2010 will provide a unique opportunity to discuss the complementary aspects involved  in making this objective a reality in Europe. It will provide an opportunity to hear at first-hand about experiences from users with disabilities, public organisations and industry. The speakers are specialists involved in organisations representing users and consumers with disabilities, research organisations and companies operating at a European level or worldwide.  The conference will also consider the harmonisation of good practices over Europe.

Keynote Speakers

Miguel GONZALEZ-SANCHO, Deputy Head of Unit for eInclusion, European Commission

Jeanne SPELLMAN, Staff Contact for the Authoring Tool and User Agent working groups, W3C/WAI

Programme Committee







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