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[Irl-dean] Accessibility Conformance workshop

Frank Mulcahy fmulcahy at iol.ie
Wed Feb 1 08:40:54 GMT 2006


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Frank

Frank Mulcahy,
'Franmar',
2 Castle Village Court,
Celbridge,
Co. Kildare
Ireland

Tel. & Fax: +353 1627 1314
Mobile/Cell Phone: +353 8723 44934
E-mail: fmulcahy at iol.ie  or
frankmulcahy2005 at yahoo.co.uk

Accessibility Conformance
As indicated in the September 2005 EC Communication on eAccessibility, accessibility conformance is an important topic for policy support in this domain.

A workshop on conformance development will take place on Monday 27th March 2006 in Brussels.

Demonstrating Conformance with eAccessibility Requirements in ICT Products and Services
There are various ways in which it is possible to demonstrate conformance to eAccessibility requirements, standards and guidelines for a product or service. This workshop will investigate the different methodologies that are available such as self declaration, third party certification or process management. The objectives for the day are: to establish a creative dialogue between stakeholders in this important issue, to identify practical approaches to demonstrating conformance, and to contribute to consensus building around the means to provide eAccessibility conformance within products and services in Europe.

Provisional Agenda
Monday 27th March 2006 - 09:30 to 17:30 (Brussels)
 Session 1          Stakeholders' Expectations and Needs

In this session the preferred approach of stakeholders will be developed with voices being provided from users and their representatives including children, older people and disabled people as well as from industry and public authorities. Within this session we will investigate what is needed from a conformance methodology.

 Session 2          Learning from Experiences in Other Domains

There are various ways to achieve and indicate conformance to requirements.  What can the eAccessibility community learn from the experience of doing this in other areas for example the environment, safety, physical access, etc.   

 Session 3          Parallel Dialogue Working Groups 

Dialogue between players is the key to building consensus and identifying a way forward that everyone can feel a part of.  The workshop will therefore break up into parallel streams (on for instance web accessibility, accessibility to digital television and to mobile ICT equipment and services) to debate the issues. Delegates will be encouraged to provide informed opinions and contribute openly to the discussions in order to start building a consensus on methods to achieve and demonstrate conformance with eAccessibility requirements.

 Session 4          Continue the Dialogue and Ways Forward

In the final session for the day the working groups will share the results of their activities with the wider meeting. A panel discussion is used to refine this to some clear conclusions or recommendations that can contribute to the public debate and identify the specific actions that need to be taken forward form the workshop.

Registration
To register please send an email to the following address 

INFSO-EACCESSIBILITY-CONFORMANCE at CEC.EU.INT

In this email please specify your full name, address, telephone number, the email address we are to use when confirming your registration If you have any accessibility requirements please state these in the email.

Places in the workshop are limited. For safety reasons only people with a copy of the email confirming their registration will be allowed to enter the workshop. The workshop will take place at the European Commission premises Charlemagne building, Rue de la Loi 170, 1040 Brussels. 

A copy of this flyer is available (please note that there was a mistake in the email address on the original version) and detailed programme for the workshop will soon be provided.

 This workshop is organised by the European Commission, the European standardisation organisations and contributions from the US Access Board, the European Disability Forum (EDF), EICTA, ITI and W3C.

 The workshop contributes to the US-EU "Exchange of information regarding the planned use of ICT standards in support of Regulations and other Public policies", in the field of eAccessibility policies.


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