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Measuring progress of eAccessibility in Europe, Tender Specifications

Funded under: FP6-IST


Information and communication technologies (ICT) increasingly permeate our society and economy. The dissemination of ICT on a large scale is a relatively recent but fast developing phenomenon, which evolves constantly and in different ways according to the local context, a variety of complex and interrelated issues.
The increase of ICT provides numerous of new opportunities. New products, applications and services can be used to overcome barriers, to compensate or restore individual functions, and to increase participation of people with disabilities and older people. On the other hand ICT can erect new barriers for certain parts of the population, particularly disabled and elderly people. Many of them encounter difficulties when trying to use ICT products and services. Without action this can lead to a polarised society instead of a more inclusive society.
eAccessibility is known as overcoming the technical barriers and difficulties that people with disabilities experience when trying to participate on equal terms in the Information Society (IS). It is part of the broader eInclusion concept, which also addresses other types of barriers, such as financial, geographical or educational.

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Record Number: 7022 / Last updated on: 2005-09-28
Category: SUPP