Government forms Digital Accessibility Alliance

The government has announced that a new alliance has been created to form solutions for issues that the elderly and disabled have in utilising digital services, including online banking, digital services associated with public transport and digital television.

The Digital Accessibility Alliance will be formed of members across government departments, local authorities, not-for-profit sector, regulators and businesses with the aims to:

  • encourage compliance with relevant eInclusion legislation such as the Equality Act 2010;
  • promote universal access for citizens to digital services, particularly for older people and those with disabilities;
  • generate and promote good practice.

Culture and the Digital Economy Minister Ed Vaizey said: “The explosion of digital services provides endless opportunities for all – but the Government is all too aware that disabled and older people can often unintentionally be left behind.

By bringing together the various parties, through the Alliance, we can work together to address any issues and make a difference.”

Kevin Carey, chair of the new Digital Accessibility Alliance and of the RNIB, said: “After nearly 20 years of working in the accessibility field, we need to change with technology.

We need an agenda to move forward and not play catch up. I look forward to chairing the Alliance to make a positive impact on the lives of disabled and older people.”

The Alliance will meet regularly to provide updates on progress and further suggestions to the Minister for Culture and the Digital Economy.

The government expects that the Alliance will continue the work of the eAccessibility Forum, which worked to ensure accessibility, affordability and equal participating for disabled users in the digital economy.

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