The Irish Computer Society are teaming up with the National Disability Authority to assist in compliance with a new EU directive on web accessibility. We need your help by completing our survey so we can find out what IT professionals know about universal design of IT and web accessibility.We’ll use the results to develop training programmes and up-skill professionals, help organisations to comply with the new directive and ultimately make hardware and software usable by more people.
Why universal design?
Universal design is a way of designing physical and virtual spaces, products and services to address the diversity of people. For IT, that’s making systems and software accessible to people both with and without disabilities. This means there’s no need for adaptations or specialised products. Instead the end product is suitable for everyone to use.
Regulations are coming into force soon for the public sector and further regulations are set to follow for the private sector which will require minimum levels of accessibility and usability for a wide range of products and services.
Apart from the legal imperative, there are measurable economic and social benefits for everyone when Universal Design in IT is practiced; markets expand and consumer satisfaction increases because systems and software address all preferences.
How can I help with the survey?
It should only take five minutes to complete and is completely anonymous. Please answer the survey as soon as possible.
Once you’ve completed it, the best thing you can do to help us forward the survey to any IT colleagues in your organisation so they can also take part.
Thank you for your help in this important work.
Published by Ciara Stack on June 16, 2018