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eAccessibility is ensuring that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products and services are designed and provided in a way that allows use by people with disabilities and by older people with age-related changes in functional capacities.   For people with visual impairments, hearing impairments and other disabilities, eAccessibility is a sine qua non as electronic devices and services become essential ingredients of everyday social and economic life. This will become even more pronounced as the population ages. Today, digital exclusion is widespread and many people relying on the availability of accessible digital content, services and gadgets tend to be excluded from activities that have become common practice to large parts of the population. In Europe and elsewhere, eAccessibility has acquired a prominent place in policy debates concerning ICT-related developments. Dedicated policies have started to emerge directed towards removing the technical, legal and other barriers that some people encounter when using ICT devices and services.

For more than ten years we have supported evidence-based policy development and strategy building in this field. Here, we offer extensive research expertise which is constantly updated to reflect the latest developments. This concerns the conceptualisation and implementation of eAccessibility-related monitoring and benchmarking approaches as well as evidence-based impact assessment of related policies. We possess a well-proven set of research methods and instruments for gathering high quality evidence on a global scale. This is supported by an international network of experts spanning 40 countries. Furthermore, we help ICT service providers in ensuring that the new services they develop comply with the latest eAccessibility standards.

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Current practices in web accessibility monitoring across...

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In the framework of an international expert workshop held on 20th November in Brussels, empirica presented latest evidence on current practices in web...

empirica supports worldwide “MapMyDay” campaign by...

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For people with wheelchairs, walking aids or baby carriages, the most common obstacles which limit their freedom of movement on a daily basis are...

empirica unterstützt weltweite Kampagne “MapMyDay” von...

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Für Menschen mit Rollstuhl, Gehhilfe oder Kinderwagen sind Treppenstufen das häufigste Hindernis, das die Bewegungsfreiheit im täglichen Leben...

First CAP4Access expert workshop in Madrid

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In mid-September 2015 the CAP4Access project team, co-ordinated by empirica, took some time off from developing and piloting new tools and headed to...

CAP4Access presented at first European conference about...

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CAP4Access is part of a broader trend within EU-funded research to exploit swarm intelligence and collective awareness for turning Europe in a more...

Study on e-accessibility published by the European...

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The European Commission has now published the results and conclusions from an empirica led cross-country study on e-accessibility. The main aims of...

New emprica study now available on the European Commission's...

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New emprica study now available on the Europen Commission's web site: "Web accessibility in European countries: level of compliance with latest...

eAccessibility in the EU countries and beyond

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The MeAC study recently published 28 eAccessibility Country Profiles, providing an overview of relevant policies and levels of eAccessibility actually...

Further eAccessibility Country Profiles published

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About two months ago, the MeAC study team published a first set of ten Country Profiles. Now, a further ten Profiles were added, covering Belgium,...

eAccessibility in the European Member States

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Further to last year's successful eAccessibility benchmarking report, the MeAC study ("Measuring Progress of eAccessibility in Europe") now published...

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