WAMDIA Aims to Change Mind-Set of Traditional ICT Users

WAMDIA (http://wamdia.eu/en/) (We All Make Digital Information Accessible) is an Erasmus+ KA-2 project that will be carried out from October 2017 to September 2019, by a consortium from Spain, Ireland, Hungary, Italy and Sweden.

Digital accessibility is always important for ensuring equity and equality of access to information and services provided in digital format. Such accessibility is is now on the spotlight in Europe after the approval in 2016 of the EU directive 2016/2102, coming into force in September 2108.

Traditionally, ICT users think that digital accessibility is only a task for ICT professionals when designing and implementing websites and mobile apps. They also think this is something that benefits a small, very specific groups of people, mainly those ones with disability.

WAMDIA aims to change the mind-set of traditional ICT users, to broaden their understanding of the issue. The fact is that everybody can contribute to accessibility of digital information by ensuring that common files that one can create are accessible: word processed documents, presentations or pdf files are good examples. Additionally, this kind of accessibility is key for ensuring ease of use for all people, irrespective of their level of ability, i.e. the most accessible website is of little use if even a single uploaded file is not accessible.

WAMDIA will help all ICT users to make the digital content they create accessible by learning basic techniques that anyone with even basic digital skills can apply in their daily work. WAMDIA will target many types of general users who are not ICT experts: public employees, teachers and students in non ICT programs in VET centres, SME managers and employees and in general any ICT user.