Survey: Europe Should Require IT To Be Accessible
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 8, 2005
BRUSSELS, BELGIUM--The European Commission is pushing to make governments within the European Union require accessibility in all information technology contracts.
Silicon.com, an IT trade news service based in the California Silicon Valley, reported last week that an EC survey showed strong support for demanding that information technologies, such as Internet websites and computers, be accessible to people with disabilities.
"Making the information society accessible for all is for me both a social necessity and an economic objective," said the EC's Information and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding. "The more accessible new technologies can be made, the bigger the potential markets for them."
"EC wants disabled access clauses in IT contract" (Silicon.com)
"Report: Public on-line consultation on a forthcoming Commission Communication eAccessibility" (European Union)