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EU Directive 2016/2102/EU: Overview and Drivers

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Overview On October 26, 2016, the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union issued Directive 2016/2102/EU (“the Directive”) to make public sector websites and mobile applications (“apps”) more accessible across the European Union (“EU”). The Directive requires EU countries to ensure that the websites and mobile apps of public sector bodies meet common/harmonized European accessibility standards. The Directive will allow citizens with disabilities to more fully participate in society, wherever they reside or choose to move to. Common standards allow for providers to know what standards need to be met thus reducing the cost of operation in different… Read More

SSB CEO Tim Springer at Future Accessibility Summit in Dubai

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SSB BART Group (SSB) CEO Tim Springer recently returned from a trip to Dubai to present at the Future Accessibility Summit. This summit supports His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s initiative to have Dubai become an inclusive and accessible city by 2020. The Emirate of Dubai issued Law No. (2) of 2014 which protects the rights of persons with disabilities. In April 2016, a project was announced to ensure all new buildings and public spaces are accessible and that existing facilities are retrofitted for improved accessibility. Of course, physical access must be accompanied by digital access. One of the… Read More

ADA and the Internet: ADA Settlements – Policies, Public Statements, and Personnel

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This is the fifth installment in our ADA and the Internet Series Web Accessibility Policy Most settlements have a requirement for a web accessibility policy and DoJ settlements have been including them for some time. Generally, we would agree that requiring a defined, written, and widely distributed digital accessibility policy is a best practice. One item we would recommend to include is the ability to update the policy upon written notice to the other party. If they choose not to object, the new policy would go in place. If they choose to object, you get together and sort it out…. Read More

Accessibility Policy Series #7: Measuring Success with DAMM

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In my last Accessibility Policy Series post I discussed the accessibility plans that must be created during the Accessibility Implementation phase.  In this last post in the series blog I will discuss at a high level a method to measure the maturity level of your organization after the accessibility policies have been implemented. Digital Accessibility Maturity Model (DAMM) All of the policies and plans described in posts one through six of this series fit into a dimension in the Digital Accessibility Maturity Model (DAMM).  DAMM is a method for analyzing the existence and execution of policies related to digital accessibility. … Read More

Accessibility Policy Series #6: Phase 4 – Implementation

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In my last Accessibility Policy Series post I discussed policies that must be created during the Accessibility Standards phase.  In this post I’ll look in more detail at the types of Accessibility Plans that must be built during the last part of accessibility policy/plan establishment, the Accessibility Implementation Phase.  These Plans rely on data established during the previous phases.  The Implementation plans include: Project Management Plan Workflow Change Report Project Management Plan The Project Management Plan is an internal document which is used by the accessibility team to understand project planning details and project organization.  The Project Management Plan includes: Budgeting information,… Read More

Accessibility Policy Series #5: Phase 3 – Establish Accessibility Standards

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In my last post in the Accessibility Policy Series, I discussed  the accessibility plans that must be created during the Accessibility Operationalization phase.  In this post I’ll discuss the types of Accessibility Plans and Guides that must be built during the third phase of accessibility policy/plan establishment, the Accessibility Policy Standards Phase.  These plans rely on data established during the Policy phase, and also rely on the Communications and Training plans outlined in the Operationalization phase.  The Standards plans include: Accessibility Checklist Accessibility Implementation Guides Accessibility Checklist The Accessibility Checklist is an internal document which describes: A complete inventory of… Read More

Accessibility Policy Series #4: Phase 2 – Policy Operationalization

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In my last Accessibility Policy Series post I discussed the accessibility policies that must be created during the Accessibility Policy phase.  In this blog I will look in more detail at the types of Accessibility Plans that must be built during the second part of accessibility policy/plan establishment, the Accessibility Policy Operationalization Phase.  These Plans rely on data established during the Policy phase.  The Operationalization plans include: Accessibility Communications Plan Accessibility Training Plan Accessibility Communications Plan The Accessibility Communications Plan is an internal document which describes both internal and external communications related to accessibility within an organization.  This would include… Read More

Accessibility Policy Series #3: Phase 1 – Policy Development

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In my last Accessibility Policy Series post I identified at a high level a four phase approach to establishing accessibility policies in an organization, the accessibility policy documents that must be created, and some existing organizational policies that might need accessibility components added to them.  In this blog, I will look in more detail at the types of policy documents that must be created during the first phase – the Accessibility Policy Development Phase.  These include the: Accessibility Policy Accessibility Statement Accessibility Issue Resolution Plan Gap Analysis Accessibility Compliance Program Accessibility Policy The Accessibility Policy is an internal document which… Read More

Accessibility Policy Series #2: A Plan for Policy Development

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Without comprehensive and fully implemented accessibility policies in place, an organization’s efforts to make its products and services accessible will likely fail. In my last post I shared numerous reasons why defining and implementing a strong set of accessibility policies is important for every organization. In this post I will outline a four phase approach to establishing accessibility policies in an organization, the documents that should be created in each phase and other types of policies and documentation that should also be modified to address accessibility.  This is intended to be a high level outline to introduce the recommended phases of… Read More

Accessibility Policy Series #1: Why Do We Need Them?

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This is the first in a series of posts I’ll be writing on Accessibility Policy.  Before examining the details of the most common types of accessibility policies, it is important to understand why these types of policies are needed.  There are many valid reasons for strong accessibility policies, and this post will discuss some of those. Most current DOJ and commercial consent decrees / settlement agreements are requiring the implementation of effective Accessibility Policies. The DOJ has included the development/implementation of Accessibility Policies in every one of its recent consent decrees and settlement agreements.  Most court rulings and private settlement agreements also… Read More

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