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EU Web Accessibility Directive now in force for public sector bodies

All public sector websites created after 23 September 2018 will have to be accessible by 23 September 2019. Existing websites will have to comply by 23 September 2020. All mobile applications will have to be accessible by 23 June 2021.

Directive (EU) 2016/2102 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 October 2016 on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies requires public bodies to ensure their websites and apps are accessible to persons with disabilities.

The Directive will be transposed into Irish law via Regulations that are currently being drafted by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

Accessibility is defined within the Directive as meaning web content and mobile apps must be “Perceivable, Operable and Usable” by persons with disabilities, and they must be “Robust” enough to work on different browsers, and with different assistive technologies.

The Directive requires Member States to monitor and report on the accessibility of the websites and mobile apps of most public bodies.

Reviews are conducted against a harmonised European standard, EN 301 549, which replicates the more commonly known Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.

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The Irish Computer Society believes that web accessibility is important for the equitable use of the internet for all of society. 

Although the EU Web Accessibility Directive does not oblige non-public sector organisations like the Irish Computer Society (and its associated member bodies) to meet these directives we believe it is the duty of the Irish Computer Society, its members, partners and stakeholders to meet the requirements of the Directive. 

We’re constantly updating the accessibility of our sites and aim to make all of our sites fully web accessible by September 2020 and will look to build any future sites to the highest possible standard.

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