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Updated no 8 - 2020

News from Funka
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Let us remediate your PDF-documents!

On September 23, 2-year-old PDF-documents in public sector in the EU should be accessible. Send your documents to us and we will make sure that they meet the requirements. The service is fast and smooth and you do not have to worry about anything.

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Would you like to learn more about built-in / automatic accessibility?

Right now, you have the chance to influence, test and contribute to innovative solutions for the next generation authoring tools! Learn more and be inspired by participating in one of Funka's exciting research projects.

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Users become experts in national project

The market is crying out for more web accessibility experts. Can users with disabilities fill the gap? In a new Swedish project, Funka and Furuboda folk high school want to find out.

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September tip: it’s time for your Accessibility Statement

The Web Accessibility Directive is very cleverly put together with three pillars, or perspectives, to ensure that the regulations make a real difference.

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Legal requirements for accessibility - a big or small step for mankind?

Funkas Susanna Laurin writes about how different sectors perceive the legal requirements and how private sector will react when they get to know the European Accessibility Act.

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Three questions to Samantha Evans, Certification Manager at the International Association of Accessibility Professional, IAAP

How is profesional certification supporting the accessibility industry?

Certifications offer benefits to compaines/organizations and to accessibility professionals.
Companies can differentiate themselves by demonstrating their commitment to accessibility and investment in ongoing accessbility professional development when their employees have earned IAAP Certifications. Companies also have greater opportunity to illustrate the established set of knowledge and skills when their employees are certified.

Individuals can separate themselves from people working in roles that may have an interest or responsibility for accessibility by illustrating that they have met an internationally established set of benchmarked skills and knowledge. When added to a resume with experience, an IAAP Certification and the ability to explain its unique qualifications can help someone stand out from other applicants and illustrate their personal commitment and professional interest in inclusion and equality.

How many people are certified?

Our certification programs are growing quickly, even through the disruptions of COVID-19. There are now 1,567 CPACCs around the world in 58 countries. We’ve added almost 500 CPACCs in the last year, marking the fastest growth since the program began four years ago. CPACCs work in every area of business and community helping shape policy, strategy, and engagement from marketing, to governance, to built environment, to information and computer technology. There are 512 WASs in 32 countries around the world, this is the fastest growing program we have as the need for qualified web accessibility professionals continues to grow everyday. We are pleased to see CPACC and WAS as preferred qualifications on job postings in dozens of countries and in hundreds of new job posts every week.

What is the next step in the series of certifications IAAP provide?

Our next IAAP Certification programs will feature accessible built environments and accessible documents. We anticipate interest to be very high in relation to the EU Web Accessibility Directive, especially on PDF-document accessibility. The COVID-19 has increased interest and awareness of digital accessibility by highlighting the digital divide. We are proud to see our certificants names as the leads in accessibility teams, development groups, speaking as community educators, and writing articles to advance awareness and education of accessibility and inclusion around the world.

Other news
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Wearables for people with visual impairments

GiveVision, the U.K. startup creating wearable technology to help “restore” sight to people with visual impairments, is partnering with Sony (via the Sony UK Technology Centre) to develop and manufacture its next generation device.

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The life of AbleGamers COO Steven Spohn

As a SXSW award winner, Spohn's work is just getting started.

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Inclusively designed electric mobility vehicle

You know the bright future is here when we see design concepts like MÜV (pronounced “move”).

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