Web Accessibility Directive Series Update

The Irish Computer Society (ICS) in partnership with the National Disability Authority (NDA) have been holding a series of information seminars and training webinars on the new EU Web Accessibility Directive, which was signed into Irish law on 23 September 2020. The directive requires that public bodies ensure their websites and mobile apps comply with internationally recognised accessibility standards. 

Over 270 people joined the first information seminar – ‘An introduction to the EU Web Accessibility Directive’ and a further 140 of you registered for the first of the training sessions with AbilityNet. There are still two information seminars and two training sessions left in this series, which will run until the end of the year.  The series is relevant to all public bodies, industry and disabled persons organisations and aims to build awareness of the Directive, the legal obligations in place on public bodies, and the standards that public websites and mobile apps must comply with. It also aims to provide practical advice on how you can improve accessibility of public sector websites and mobile apps and evaluate your own website. 

Each information seminar is lead by experts in the field of accessibility and is then followed by a more in-depth training webinar provided by AbilityNet on the same topic. You can view the timetable for the remaining sessions below and sign up following the links.  

You can attend as many or as few sessions as you wish. These sessions may be suitable for IT professionals or communications professionals who manage company websites and apps. All sessions are FREE to attend for all. 

“Web accessibility – essential for some, useful for all” (W3C). 

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