Updated no 4 - 2018

News from Funka
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Time to focus on accessible design

How information is presented is important to the visitors on your website. This is the first thing most users notice, and it affects accessibility for more users than you think. Funka can design your interface, but also perform audits and user tests on existing design as well and training for designers.

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Nordic IAAP chapter provides certification

Through the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, IAAP, you can make sure that you, your colleagues or your supplier have current and relevant skills through certification. In the Nordic chapter of IAAP, you can meet local colleagues, thought leaders and share experiences that are specific for your market, in your local language.

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EU requirements applies immediately

In September, all EU member states will have common requirements for web accessibility for the public sector, as The Web Accessibility Directive enters into force. National laws need to be harmonised with the directive and in countries where no legislation on the topic is in place, new legislation needs to be written.

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The City of Stockholm develops its website through user tests

The City of Stockholm is in the midst of a extensive development of the website In this work, they have assigned Funka for user tests to give the inhabitants of Stockholm the best possible conditions to find what they are looking for and have a smooth user experience along the way.

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Criteria for cognitive accessibility of digital interfaces

In a new research project, Funka will develop testable requirements to ensure that digital interfaces are accessible from a cognitive perspective. Today's standards and regulations focus on technical solutions for physical impairments, but many users have completely different types of needs.

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Enterprise website prepares to meet the criteria

To prepare for the forthcoming Web Accessibility Directive, the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth has assigned Funka to audit the web site The goal is for to meet the criteria for WCAG 2.0 at AA level.

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How will life be in the future?

Sweden has been a forerunner when it comes to user-controlled personal assistance for persons with disabilities. But this human right ensuring individual freedom may deteriorate. Funka's web editor Stefan Pelc, who is in need of personal assistance, is concerned about the uncertain situation right now.

Three questions
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Three questions for Jenny Lindström Beijar, founder of the initiative Our Normal

Can you tell us about Our Normal, why did you start this initiative?

Me and my husband are parents of two girls, of which the oldest was born with Down syndrome. At an early stage, we felt a strong need to get in contact with other families in similar situations. In the contacts we got, we found an incredibly positive strength. But since there can be many people present at the same time at an event, it can easily be shocking with many impressions. A bit like a positive hurricane! Therefore, we wanted to start a digital community.

There are Facebook groups for all kinds of interests and audiences today, but on the other hand, posts risk getting lost in the flow, one can easily feel too vulnerable to share private experiences in large groups. The uniqueness of Our Normal is that we lower the thresholds to contact other persons, so that you will dare to connect one-and-one between families, and also that we are independent of the diagnosis of the child. When it comes to tips on, for example, accessible hobbies in a particular area, it is maybe not just the specific diagnosis that is the most important thing, but rather to get the right tips from other parents.

We are actively working to raise the visibility of entire families, so it's not only the mothers that are active. In our own reports on our website, we mix consciously and try to portray all kinds of family constellations. Our vision is to reduce the sense of isolation, by sharing everyday stories, recognition and identification. And make it possible to find new family connections!

You can become a member of the Our Normal community by creating a profile, which is completely free of charge. The website is run by the nonprofit organisation Föreningen Familjevänner with support from the Swedish Inheritance Fund and the Region Västra Götaland.

How do you experience the general situation of disabled people in Sweden?

My feelings are twofold. Partly, I'm worried about the future, considering all the deteriorations. What will happen regarding potential changes in the law on support and service for disabled people, and with resources, focus on special educators and inclusion in schools? Much of this has a strong negative trend today, which makes me both worried and upset.

On the other hand, I feel positive regarding the increased interest in and view of disabled people. In media and advertising, disabled people now take more space than ever before, although it is still to a too limited extent.

What would you say is the biggest challenge regarding accessibility for your organisation?

The digital landscape changes extremely quickly, even in terms of accessibility. We are a small organisation with small funds. Any kind of quality controlled tool would be optimal, although it is probably something of an utopia. It takes time and effort to learn and relearn all the time, even though it is developing. New channels require constant new skills. One wish is that all new channels that are started really have accessibility as their linchpin.

The Our Normal website (swedish text)

Other news
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How to hack a music venue for disabled audiences

Attitude is Everything has published a new do it yourself guide for bands and promoters, showing cheap and easy ways to make gigs more accessible for disabled fans.

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3D printed devices for disabled children

The healthtech AbilityMate is changing the future for children with cerebral palsy. Their incredible 3D printing process produces affordable, life-enhancing orthoses in hours - rather than weeks.

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See through other people’s eyes

Aira, a San Diego-based company has developed smart glasses to help the blind with everyday tasks. The glasses are equipped with a camera, which feeds a video stream to a remote agent who then narrates what they see in real time over the phone for the user.

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