eAccess+ and ETNA: Two Different Approaches Conquering the Low Take-up of eAccessibility
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Within the last decades, eAccessibility 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. This consolidated body of knowledge is intended to be applied to mainstream design as an integral part of systems and services in society.
However, eAccessibility seems to stay confined to its domain of origin, despite 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.
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