Department for Culture Media and Sport

e-accessibility forum

The eAccessibility Forum brings Government together with industry and the voluntary sector to explore issues of e-accessibility, and to develop and share best practice across all sectors.

Members include the devolved administrations, Government, industry and third sector groups. The Forum is open to members who are willing to provide financial or in-kind support to move the e-accessibility agenda forward. The Forum reports to the Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries and supports the work of the UK Digital Champion and RaceOnline 2012.

The Forum aims to:

  • make sure disabled people in the UK have equivalent access to ICT networks, services and equipment in line with new EU legislation
  • support business in exploiting expertise in e-accessibility in the EU and globally
  • produce and implement an eAccessibility Action Plan that addresses the issues of people with particular needs so that they can partake fully in UK digital economy

The Forum’s eAccessibility Action Plan is designed to help government, businesses and organisations improve how they engage with customers who have special needs. This benefits consumers with disabilities by improving their access to online services and digital equipment, as well as creating new opportunities for business.

The action plan also sets out our vision to ensure accessibility, affordability and equal participation for disabled users in the digital economy remains a priority.

The Prime Minister has given his full support to Martha Lane Fox’s RaceOnline2012 campaign to help get the remaining 10 million adults in the UK who have never used the internet online.

Events

Video Relay Services roundtable

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey will be holding a Video Relay Services (VRS) roundtable soon with wider businesses and organisations with customer facing services and products to discuss video relay services in the UK.

eAccessibility Forum website

The eAccessibility Forum website offers people using and working on the internet the opportunity to to tell Government and businesses how to make the internet more accessible, discuss difficulties they have noticed in online services and promote best practice.

The site will help the Forum develop and share ways to improve online accessibility. It will also inform the eAccessibility Action Plan.

The ten principles of inclusive web design

The Ten Principles of Inclusive Web Design, which were published in May 2011, are where all great internet experiences begin. For creativity and innovation in design and technology to flourish, accessibility must be a vital component.