Other shortlisted practices 2014

Accessible Cyberspace Forum (FDC)

This is a process of consolidation and support of NGOs efforts in promotion, monitoring and education of various aspects of cyberspace accessibility among public institutions.nd websites are made accessible for persons with all kinds of disabilities.

“The training opens our eyes on what barriers we might build while publishing information!”

From public administration staff person (one of Polish ministries) who took part in the training about digital accessibility run by FDC
About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:Accesible Cyberspace Forum
Organisation:Fundacja Instytut Rozwoju Regionalnego – FIRR
Country
of origin
Poland
Beneficiaries targeted Marginalized groups of people, especially people with disabilities
Approach/ model/ solution:A network that facilitates co-operation and sharing between institutions, which work on cyberspace accessibility.

FACTS & FIGURES

  • The project runs since October 2011
  • gathers so far 14 organisations
  • 280 public administration staff to be trained in digital accessibility
  • Staff of members/ NGOs to be trained
  • 3-4 events per year addressing various digital accessibility issues
  • AccessibilityCamp2013 – the first workcamp meeting in Poland related to digital accessibility that gathered experts in the area and is planned as annual event

PROBLEMS TARGETED

The project aims to build strong, efficient and united movement which can be a major partner for government and public bodies to improve digital accessibility.

PROJECT

FDC created and supports a coalition of NGO’s fighting digital exclusion. It facilitates a platform for expertise exchange, influencing policy, promotion of digital inclusion idea and monitoring of compliance with national and European documents. FDC cooperates with self-governments units, public institutions, educational institutions and commercial companies in the field of digital inclusion of marginalized groups.

CURRENT SITUATION & OUTLOOK

Member organizations have a wide experience in inclusion of people from so far excluded groups (e.g. people with disabilities) into mainstream social life, among others digital inclusion. Activities mentioned above give evidence for FDC success. Ultimately, the target group of FDC activities will be each digitally excluded person in Poland. FDC activities contribute to increase quality of life of marginalized groups, especially because modern technologies play more and more important role in all areas of life, determine access to information, education, employment etc.

Accessible Cyberspace Forum (FDC)
The handing of annual award “Accessible Cyberspace 2012”
CONTACT

Mrs. Anna Rozborska
00-657 Warszawa
Pl. Konstytucji 5/4
+48 663 883 334
anna.rozborska@firr.org.pl
www.fdc.org.pl/

nominated by: Polskie Forum Osób Niepełnosprawnych – PFON