Dear readers of the EBU monthly newsletter, First and foremost, I would like to wish all of you a very happy, healthy and successful New Year. Both personally and professionally. May 2023 bring many positive developments for the blindness movement across Europe! This is the time of the year where we are all making plans, sometimes even taking resolutions, but also looking back to what happened last year. I will not do this too extensively in this newsletter, but as the year ahead of us is going to be critical for our future, I am still going to say few words.
All the latest news from our ongoing campaigns.
Over recent weeks work has been taking place on the EBU website. This remains invisible, for the most part, to users as it concerns the back-office system used to update the website. However, we took advantage of this period of work to introduce a new feature which is indeed visible, and which we hope will be useful and popular. The EBU website now incorporates the google automatic translation tool.
On the occasion of World Braille Day 2023, EBU is proud to release a new video emphasizing the ongoing importance of Braille for our community!
We are very pleased to announce that EBU has launched its new podcast, “EBU In Action”. In this new series, you will hear about the most important topics for blind and partially sighted people in Europe, as well as the latest highlights in the organisation’s advocacy work.
As the year 2022 is coming to a close, it is time to reflect on the successes of the 2-year PARVIS project that have enabled EBU to raise awareness of the rights of visually impaired people across Europe, while building visual impairment organisations’ capacities to advocate for them.
Since February 2022, EBU has been involved in UPower. Co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission, the project aims to support the proper implementation of the Web Accessibility Directive by increasing the contribution of users with disabilities to the feedback process on public sector websites and apps.
Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) have been drawing increasing interest over the past years. For blind and partially sighted persons, they open up fantastic independent mobility possibilities... as long as such vehicles are accessible to them. From June 2019 to November 2022, the PAsCAL project has assessed the level of social acceptance of CAVs by the population, including visually impaired persons. EBU worked together with universities, mobility companies and an organisation of drivers from 7 countries, to collect blind and partially sighted persons’ expectations though surveys, focus groups and on-site tests.
News from EBU members
a new law on accessibility obligations for products and services.
a message from Romain FERRETTI.