European Accessibility Act – what changes?

Understanding the EAA and its implications is the first step. The next is to assess your organization’s readiness and capabilities. Our comprehensive checklist is your roadmap to compliance, designed to guide you through each step of the process.
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    Map out the level of awareness and readiness across various departments in your organization
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    Identify and enhance the relevant competencies within your team
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    Cross-organization alignment – are you able to cover all the blanks with your own team?

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    Big Picture: Understanding the EAA

    In an ever-evolving digital world, accessibility is not just a requirement but a pathway to inclusivity, wider market reach, and enhanced user experience. The forthcoming European Accessibility Act (EAA) marks a significant milestone in this journey, extending the realm of digital accessibility from public to private sectors. With a deadline set for July 28, 2025, the time to act is now.

    The Origin

    Until now, the European Web Accessibility Directive set the stage for digital inclusivity within the EU’s public sector, mandating compliance with WCAG 2.1 standards. The EAA builds on this foundation, bringing the private sector into the fold to ensure a universally accessible digital environment.

    The Impact

    The EAA casts a wide net, encompassing:

    • Digital services including websites and mobile apps

    • E-commerce, banking, and transportation platforms

    • Digital communication tools, online video streaming, and TV services

    • Computers, operating systems, and more

    This sweeping legislation signifies a paradigm shift, ensuring that digital products and services are accessible to all, including people with disabilities.