Andrea Petz, Klaus Miesenberger,
"Information on Accessibility and Assistive Technologies - The eAccess+ and ETNA Projects Fostering Inclusion for People with Disabilities"
: "Proceedings ULD 2013", in i, 9-2013
Information on Accessibility and Assistive Technologies - The eAccess+ and ETNA Projects Fostering Inclusion for People with Disabilities
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"Proceedings ULD 2013"
Over the last decades the eAccessibility field has established a solid body of knowledge, including guidelines, methodologies, techniques, training and reference materials and examples how to implement eAccessibility in Information Society products, systems and services (e.g. [1,2]). This consolidated body of knowledge is intended to be applied to mainstream design as an integral part of systems and ser-vices in society.
However, eAccessibility seems to stay confined to its domain of origin. This is de-spite the fact that a) Awareness and acceptance of eAccessibility as a fundamental human right is growing, as can be seen in the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities  and in many EU directives, and in national and international legislation; b) eAccessibility is a key business concern due to the considerable and still growing number of citizens who are dependent on or benefiting from eAccessibility; c) eAccessibility is crucial in dealing with the growing pressure on social systems due to an aging population, correlating with increasing occurrence of disabilities. Finally, the ongoing investment in many initiatives, programs and projects all demonstrate the need, the feasibility and the viability of eAccessibility.
Yet, although key mainstream players are involved in these programs, application in day to day practice is scare. Furthermore, the situation even appears worse when we compare these gradual and step by step improvements in the uptake of eAccessibility in the light of the exploding application of ICT in society. This is true for areas which have received much attention over the last years, such as Web Accessibility (e.g. ), but it is even worse in other eAccessibility domains .