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European Commission, SEVENTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME, ICT PSP
project 2009: CIP-ICT-PSP-2009-3
Project number 250568

The eAccess+ thematic network will establish and systematically develop a cooperative platform for co-ordinating, supporting and improving the implementation of eAccessibility throughout Europe. By involving all stakeholder groups it will analyse the state of the art and in particular the obstacles or missing links hindering a boarder uptake of eAccessibility. The network will first identify and consult all relevant stakeholder groups, analyse and discuss with them the state of the art, support stakeholders in working on key issues to foster eAccessibility and disseminate experiences and knowledge all over Europe. Finally a roadmap should help to find appropriate future actions to support eAccessibility.

As its core methodology and main tool eAccess+ will set up a so called “eAccessibility HUB” which will allow guided access to existing resources (linking, not doubling). By systematically analysing and disseminating standards, techniques, tools and educational resources, an evidence based discussion and definition on how to overcome obstacles and bridging the missing links will be facilitated. According ideas, recommendations, concepts ... should be feed into user, political, technical, and industrial as well as research channels.

eAccess+ is driven by 25 core members, coming from all over Europe. It is their core task to involve all stakeholder groups at national level and to expand the network by a group of so called “Associated Parnters”.

Out of the wide range of topics related to eAccessibility eAccess+ will focus particularly on fostering the implementation of

* Web accessibility
       - Dissemination of Internationally recognized W3C/WAI web accessibility standards,
         techniques and technical solutions and educational resources with an initial focus
         on the recently published WCAG 2.0 guidelines

       - Information on how to provide an accessibility statement on a web system

       - Dissemination of information and resources on how to make
         techniques (like javascript) accessible

       - Discussion and outlining harmonisation requirements of different methodologies
         for web accessibility conformance evaluation and how to implement an efficient
         workflow for evaluation

       - Information and discussion of requirements related to automatic evaluation tools

       - Facilitating monitoring of example websites by providing criteria and incentives
         for players like the MeAC1 study

* Accessible convergent communications and accessible digital audio-visual systems
       - Inclusive Interactive TV : Access to services, programmes, equipment and content,
         subtitling & audio description, guidelines for Digital Television, Signing Speech
         Output and Spoken Commands, Interaction design for interactive TV, accessible pod casting

       - Total conversation: emergency services, standardisation work and development,
         real time text understanding and development, information on navigation

       - Accessible ICT interoperability

* Self-service terminals (SSTs) and devices for banking and financial services,
   public transport, tourism and cultural heritage, e-government
       - Guidelines and advice for hard- und software design of accessible SSTs

       - Interfacing to personal devices (e.g. mobile phones, portable Braille displays)

       - Test methodologies for establishing accessibility of SSTs


eAccess+ will act as a facilitator and co-ordinator for a better implementation of eAccessibility in practice. This means:

- Greater motivation and involvement of all relevant stakeholders

- On-demand strategic and tactical information, support and guidance for implementation activities

- Wider dissemination of information and best practice

- Better information and support of planning of next steps at national and European level (standards, policy, guidelines and tools)

More information will be available soon at:
www.eAccessplus.eu

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