European accessibility act to be unveiled in 2012
A proposal for a 'European Accessibility Act', which will include accessibility measures on ICT and websites, will be put forward during 2012, European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding has confirmed.
The act, part of actions following on from a wider European Disability Strategy (http://bit.ly/fDCRlP (opens in new window)) unveiled last year, will be based on an upcoming commission study of accessibility barriers for disabled citizens across Europe. The study will cover access to public services, public buildings and transport, as well as other areas.
Reding unveiled the proposals at a meeting of the Disability Intergroup, a long-standing grouping of MEPs working to promote disability policy, in Brussels earlier this month. The act will set out contain common standards to help regulate accessible design in a number of areas including ICT, the built environment and product design.
Reding said that she hopes these European standards will help pave the way for the development of wider global accessibility standards.