Making apps accessible

Post date: 
Thursday, 26 February 2015
Category: 
Campaigning news
Europe and worldwide
Accessible information

We all know how frustrating it is to come across what sounds like a great app, only to find out that it’s inaccessible.

Over the past couple of years we’ve worked with the European Blind Union, and Members of the European Parliament, to strengthen EU law in this area. We want the law to cover all public websites, as well as key private websites like utility companies. On top of this we want the apps that these companies and organisations develop to be accessible.

The good news is that EU legislators are currently discussing a new directive which we hope will address this issue. An EU Directive is a form of legislation that is "directed" at Member States, including the UK. The directive sets out the objective or policy and then the Member States must pass the relevant legislation in their own country to make it law.

Unfortunately, negotiations on this have been delayed and EU governments don’t seem to fully support it; many do not want apps covered.

We believe that when service providers design apps for their customers, the apps should be accessible to all. We want the UK government to champion this cause during forthcoming negotiations in Brussels. The UK equality act should ensure that apps are accessible in the UK, we believe that blind and partially sighted people should also be able to access apps abroad so we want all countries to agree to this directive.

Please follow @euroblind on Twitter and support the campaign. We’ll keep you updated with our progress.

Tags Campaigning, Europe and worldwide, Accessible information

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