Quick Guide: Web
A quick process guide to build and test accessible web applications.
Quick Guide: Mobile
A quick process guide to build and test accessible mobile applications.
Quick Guide: PDF
A quick process guide to author and test accessible PDF documents.
Who will benefit from accessible tech?
Your users may have different impairments at different times. Some of them might be related to the context of use – say, at the workplace with certain physical restrictions, injury related – generally temporary such as a broken arm, or permanent – either from birth or a condition that developed over time.
What type of impairments exist?
There is no way we can list all of the potential contextual, temporary or permanent impairments we can all have. However, generally speaking, there are three major types of impairements:
- Motor: affecting the way we physically interact with devices
- Sensory: affecting the way we perceive information (vision and audio)
- Cognitive: affecting the way we process information
Building accessible technology should take all of these three aspects into account – and the result will benefit everyone. For instance, a site operable entirely using a keyboard will be beneficial for (a) “power” users, (b) users with motor limitations and (c) screen reader users.
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Relevant entities in Malta
- The Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility (FITA) is the principal advocate and coordinator for making information communications technology (ICT) accessible for disabled people. FITA’s services include assistance for individuals in the selection, acquisition, or use of assistive technology, as well as to guide organisations in general in implementing ICT accessibility.
- The Commission for the Rights of Persons with Disability (CRPD) takes on a wider role in improving the level of accessibility in Malta, aiming at helping individuals reach their full potential in all aspects of life, enjoying a high quality of life thanks to equal opportunities. The Equal Opportunities Compliance Unit within CRPDs Secretariat promotes and implements the provisions of the Equal Opportunities Act (persons with disability), and is empowered to investigate acts of discrimination.
- The Malta Communications Authority (MCA) is responsible for the regulation of various electronic communications sectors, including telephony, Internet and TV. MCA is the designated entity to implement the EU Accessibility Directive, responsible for the monitoring, reporting and enforcement of the regulation. WAD applies to any digital product developed by or for the public sector, including government-run or owned organizations or entities.