16 June 2011
AGE, together with ANEC (European Association of Consumers in standardisation), EBU (European Blind Union) and EDF (European Disability Forum) launched a joint campaign on web-Accessibility at the occasion of the Digital Assembly held in Brussels on 16-17 June.
In our increasingly digitized world, more and more information and services are only accessible online, which makes the access to internet now an essential factor of independence and inclusion. Yet, with 95% of the public websites currently not accessible, older and disabled consumers are facing great difficulties in accessing public services and basic services provided online in many areas such as education, health, social protection, employment, transport, banking, housing and so on. This digital divide will increase in the future and will lead to unacceptable discrimination, unless concrete action is taken.AGE, ANEC, EBU and EDF are urgently calling for:
- The European Commission to review our proposal for a legal act on accessible websites.
- The European Commission to propose binding EU legislation to ensure that public websites and websites delivering basic services of public interest are made accessible as soon as possible.
For more information:
Find out more about our ‘Access Denied! Campaign for Accessible Websites’ in the joint position paper
Read the joint proposal for a Legal Act on Accessible Websites