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NATIONAL E-ACCESSIBILITY POLICY
Qatar’s National eAccessibility Policy faces the fact that Arabic did not feature in assistive technology and helps to reduce a number of the most severe barriers. It lays the foundation for an accessible ICT ecosystem by introducing assistive technology solutions in Arabic, providing support for people with disabilities and training for professionals.
Qatari Ministry of Information and Communication Technology of Qatar, Comprehensive eAccessibility policy, Qatar
Online accessibility self-check tool for companies
Barrier-Check educates and trains companies about barrier-free requirements. The site allows users to get a traceable and clear analysis of their own situation regarding accessibility by using selectable modules. Since its launch in 2015, more than 11,000 users have accessed the website more than 90,000 times.
OEZIV - Austrian Civil Invalid Association, Barrier Check, Austria
Mada, a public-private partnership in Qatar, is a one-stop-shop for all accessibility technologies for persons with disabilities. It offers direct services, works on website accessibility certificates and establishes a library of accessible books. Currently it is beginning to influence regional services in other Arabic-speaking countries.
As well as delivering direct services, Mada has sought to introduce a range of technology to support Arabic speakers, introducing website accessibility certification, establishing the first major repository of accessible books online for Arabic users and supporting Arabic innovation and research in access technologies.
Mada Assistive Technology Centre, One-stop-shop for accessibility technologies in Qatar, Qatar
How to support your embassies in producing captioned videos
The Department of State produces or owns nearly 20,000 videos per year in more than 70 languages on a huge range of topics. Using cloud services, the DOS has been able to make the process of captioning videos easier. DOS can now caption live video in two languages, and pre-recorded video in over 70 languages.
US Department of State, Global Video Captioning Program, United States of America
The Network facilitates knowledge-sharing about improving the quality of life in urban centres around the world. Representatives from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors are invited to share good practices on the website. The 'Flag of Towns and Cities for All' is a quality mark awarded to municipalities.
The flag of "Towns and Cities for All" is a quality mark which acknowledges local governments' commitment to implementing Universal Design and accessibility in public places. Facilities, transport, buildings and services are taken into consideration with the aim of improving the quality of life for residents and visitors.
Design for All Foundation, Flagging accessible cities and towns, Spain
The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) has produced a map of the mainland National Rail network in the UK that provides at-a-glance information about the accessibility of many stations.
"Stations Made Easy" allows passengers to evaluate accessibility before they start their journey. Interactive station maps provide detailed information about accessibility at every station on the rail network in Great Britain. Stations Made Easy also allows passengers to identify routes through stations which best meet their needs.
ATOC - Association of Train Operating Companies, Web-based tool to plan access to railway stations, United Kingdom
AMAC provides a cost-effective, replicable, scalable, holistic business model which provides accessible solutions and research for corporate, governmental and non-profit entities supporting post-secondary individuals with disabilities
AMAC offers a one-stop shop for digital and alternative media textbooks, cost-effective reuse of digital libraries, remote captioning and downloadable assistive technology software to quickly access materials at universities, colleges, government agencies, non-profits, and corporations. Over 300,000 textbook title records are updated weekly.
AMAC - Accessibility Solutions & Research Center, Digital Library with more than 300,000 textbooks, United States of America
GIS-based mapping and improving of accessible water, sanitation , and hygiene (WASH) facilities
ZWASH is conducting GIS-based mapping to assess the accessibility of toilet facilities in schools and health centres in Zambia. The data will be used by World Vision and government agencies to provide accessible toilets and WASH facilities where they are most needed. ZWASH will be rolled out in more than 40 other countries.
World Vision, Zambia Water Sanitation and Hygiene (ZWASH), Zambia
Improving access to electoral events
In 2014, New Zealand’s Electoral Commission finalized "Access 2020". This strategy takes the improvements made over the past electoral cycles and embeds them into a longer-term framework. In addition, it provides information and resources in accessible formats and maintains relationships with the disability sector.
Electoral Commission of New Zealand, ACCESS 2020 DISABILITY STRATEGY, New Zealand
Harmonization of ICT standards across the Atlantic
In 2004 the international standards cooperation was initiated to create a framework for developing a wide range of applications that will make ICT products and services more accessible in both continents. Moreover, it facilitates trade between these regions. By 2017, 90% of all standards have been harmonized.
United States Access Board, United States – European Union – U.S. Access Board & European Commission – International e-Accessibility Standards, United States of America