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Re: municipality web sites & people with disabilities


From: catherine
Date: Sep 23, 2009 1:25PM

Hi Peter,

Peter Krantz wrote:

> The city of Stockholm, Sweden (http://www.stockholm.se/) has recently
> launched a website where accessibility has been an integral part of
> the design process. Some features include:
> 1. designing e-government services to be accessible with AT,
> 2. having basic information available in easy-to-read swedish,
> 3. including a text to speech function to cater for people with
> reading difficulties,
> 4. providing certain information in sign language (click "Teckenspråk"
> on this page http://bit.ly/DR0BU for an example).
> On a side note (not directly related to web accessibility) is the
> involvement of the city in the e-adept project
> (http://www.eadept.se/). This project is designing a navigation
> solution for visually impaired people with much greater resolution
> than GPS, based on more detailed maps, to enable visually impaired
> persons to travel around the city on their own more easily.

Thanks for the information. And yes, I had heard of this initiative and,
during Rehabilitation International 2008 World Congress in Québec City
last year, I attended a workshop where Mr. Jan-Ingvar Lindström
presented the e-Adept project, which I wrote about here [1] (and I do
think this is also a relevant example of municipal initiatives so thanks
for bringing it up :)


[1] http://www.catherine-roy.net/blog/2008/09/14/ri-2008-report-2/

Catherine Roy