Good practices

Digiwijs

More and more (government) agencies in the Netherlands are now aware of the importance of accessible websites and apps. In practice, however, they are not yet fully accessible while government agencies have been required to comply with digital accessibility guidelines since 2008. With the entry into force of the Equal Treatment Act on the grounds of disability and chronic illness, the business community is also obliged to offer their goods and services as accessible as possible. With the Digiwijs project, the Eye Association and the Macula Association want to ensure that visually impaired and blind people can make optimal use of digital services and goods that are offered.

The Digiwijs project aims at improving the digital accessibility of all digital communication and information channels. This is urgently needed to prevent blind and partially sighted people from falling behind in the digital society. Even if you are blind or visually impaired, you can benefit from digital services and products. They must be made accessible. With the Digiwijs project, the Eye Association is committed to improve this optimally.  

 

Year(s): currently ongoing

Target group(s): Coaches of blind people and people who are visually impaired

Website or other online channels: https://www.oogvereniging.nl/leven-werken/digitale-hulpmiddelen/digitale-toegankelijkheid/project-digiwijs-blinden-slechtzienden/

Methodology

The spearhead of the project is the digital accessibility of public services, such as websites of municipalities, care providers and education.To be able to participate optimally in the digital society, it is essential to be digitally skilled. The Eye Association therefore organizes regional Digiwijs workshops. This is the place in the area where professionals who help blind people and people with sight problems can ask questions and exchange tips about using digital tools. There are many digital tools that can make life with a visual impairment easier. During the workshop an overview of the digital tools and tips is discussed and presented with links to websites and apps.  

 

Type of product

Course / Training

Brief description of the outcomes

During the workshop the following digital tools are exploited:

-        Spoken subtitles

-        Audio Description

-        Screen reading software

-        Braille displays

-        Daisy players and apps

-        Workplace adjustments for a visual impairment

-        Making Powerpoint presentations accessible

        -        Podcasts  

 

Impact on target groups / Transferability potential

By participating in this project, professionals gain new skills and improve their knowledge on digital accessibility of all digital communication and information channels for blind people and people that are partially sighted. This way blind and partially sighted people are prevented from falling behind in the digital society and can benefit from digital services and products. 

The methodology is easily transerable to other countries as most of the digital tools are available in English.  

 

Promoter of the initiative: Eye Association

Country: Netherlands

Languages available: Dutch

Website or other online channels: www.oogvereniging.nl

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