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Updated no 9 - 2018

News from Funka
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How to meet the requirements of the Web Accessibility Directive

The Web Accessibility Directive implies many new requirements for digital accessibility. We will be happy to assist you in meeting the legal requirements and gaining control of your internal processes, including inventory, audits, requirements and training.

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Capacity building in focus in Germany and Belgium

At the turn of the month September-October, Funka's experts shared our expertise at the conferences M-Enabling Forum Europe and Destinations for all World Summit, which are covering different areas of accessibility.

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The Web Accessibility Directive will be introduced outside of the EU

The EU Web Accessibility Directive will be introduced into Norwegian law 1 July 2019. When countries like Norway, in Europe but outside of the Union, implement the new regulations on web accessibility, existing national legislation needs to be updated. In some cases, it is even broader than what the EU requires.

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Funka redesigns a website for the EIP on AHA Reference Sites

The Reference Sites Collaborative Network, part of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, has assigned Funka for redesigning their website so that it will meet accessibility requirements and a more dynamic online presence.

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University training in web accessibility

Funka, IAAP Nordic and four Nordic universities are investigating how web accessibility can be part of the university programs in the Nordic countries.

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Accessible websites for leading pensions company with help from Funka

When KPA Pension, Sweden’s leading pensions company in the local authority sector, needed to review the accessibility of their websites, Funka was a natural partner for expert reviews.

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Sex in motion

Ebba Myrsten, Partner Liaison and Test Person Coordinator at Funka, also works as a personal assistant. This summer, she participated in a camp with the topic of sexuality, function and norms, which caused many thoughts.

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Three Questions for Bárbara Martín Muñoz, Second Vice President for European Blind Union and Leader of the Marrakesh Treaty Campaign

On 1 October 2018, the EU ratified the Marrakesh Treaty. The Treaty facilitates access to books and other printed works in accessible formats.

In short, what does the Marrakesh Treaty imply?

The Marrakesh Treaty will help increase access to books for people who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled, more than 30 million in Europe and 250 millions all over the world. With the treaty, you can accomodate print disabled persons’ right to information without copyright legislation providing barriers. Countries which ratify the treaty must ensure that blind persons and their organisations are allowed to make books in accessible formats without the need to ask for permission from the holder of copyright (e.g. author or publisher).

It also allows that accessible format copies of printed works can be exchanged over borders. This will help to avoid the duplication of transcription efforts in different countries.

The EU Directive to implement the Marrakesh Treaty enters into force for the European Union on January 1, 2019. What happens if someone does not provide access to their published work, is it subject to any form of fines?

So far, some EU countries have already implemented the directive at national level, Sweden, Spain and Slovakia, for example. Others are working on that, and for those who do not do it on time, it will work as any other piece of legislation, fines should be applied.

Does it apply to all kinds of organisations and all kinds of printed publications, or are there any exceptions?

The treaty covers government institutions and organisations recognized by the government to provide education, instructional training, adaptive reading or information access to beneficiary persons on a non-profit basis, not commercial companies.

The type of publications which can be transcribed or distributed under the terms of the Treaty are books, periodicals and other similar textual works, as well as sheet music. It doesn’t cover films. The Treaty doesn’t allow for the contents of a work to be changed (e.g. to “easy to read”) rather just for the work’s contents to be transcribed into a technically accessible format suitable for assistive technology.

Information on the website of the European Commission on the implementation of the Marrakesh Treaty in EU law

Other news
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New “canetroller” brings VR to the visually impaired

Microsoft recently developed a haptic controller for VR with an unusual target audience in mind: the visually impaired. It translates the traditional experience of using a white cane, into a virtual reality environment.

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Computer system transcribes words users “speak silently”

Electrodes on the face and jaw pick up otherwise undetectable neuromuscular signals that triggered by internal verbalizations - saying words “in your head” — that are undetectable to the human eye.

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Designing for disability? Check out these 7 great TED Talks

Good design — and smart technology — should fuel inclusivity. These 7 Ted Talks show how tech and design can empower.

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