Other shortlisted practices 2014

A guide to make information accessible for all

The project empowers individuals, companies and organizations of good faith, who want to make their information accessible, but don’t know how, and at the same time remove the easy excuses so many institutions make as to why their information is inaccessible – too expensive or too difficult are no longer acceptable.

“EBU asks that information is accessible to anyone, including blind and partially sighted people, and at no additional cost.“

The European Blind Union
Name of Innovative Practice: Making information accessible for all
Organisation:EBU (European Blind Union)
Country of Origin: France
Beneficiaries targeted:persons with visual impairments
Approach/model/solution: online resource free of charge, guide on how to make information on the internet accessible


  • the project runs since 2012
  • it informs and empowers rather than reclaims and complains
  • it enables people to take the initiative themselves and understand, what accessibility really means
  • multilingual, the site can be used by a vast number of Europeans


Statements and plans about accessibility as a right, a need or a requirement can just be empty sentences if people do not know how, nor have the means, to make their information accessible.


The information on the site was compiled by a recognized accessibility specialist, who himself is blind. Being an online resource, it is in itself very accessible, and has minimized costs, creating a much-needed set of guidelines for little cost. EBU often receives requests from widely different groups about what accessibility is and ‘how to do it’. Now they can be directed to this rich set of guidelines. Being online means it is also quite easy to update and add to this resource, it is not a finished product but a work in progress.


EBU will try and encourage more of its members, or even other organizations, to translate the guidelines and so increase still further their impact. EBU has also compiled a constantly updated list of internet sites on digital accessibility which are a compliment to the above guidelines. Furthermore EBU played a key role in the recent WIPO negotiations resulting in the WIPO copyright treaty, a key milestone in ending the so called ‘book famine’ for blind, partially sighted and print disabled people.


Mr. Gary MAY

EBU (European Blind Union)

6 rue Gager-Gabillot 75015 Paris, France

+33 1 47 05 38 20



nominated by: Gary MAY, EBU (European Blind Union)