IT Funk has been The Norwegian Research Council's RTD-programme on ICT for people with disability.
Universal design and accessibility for all. The purpose of IT Funk has been to contribute to accessibility for all, including persons with disability, to information and communication technology (ICT) and to society through the use of ICT. ICT-based products and services developed for the general market must be accessible and useful for everyone at reasonable prices. IT Funk has paid special attention to areas where accessibility issues impact on a person's life chances, such as education, employment and basic services to citizens.
The Delta Centre in the Norwegian Directorate of Health has now released guidelines for cognitive accessibility on web. The new guide will improve the knowledge on how to make inclusive content and technical solutions for the web. This is the fourth set of guidelines on how to make inclusive content and technical solutions for the web. The first three have dealt with other web-accessibility issues, e.g. related to visual and motoric impairments.
The new set of guidelines provides editors, designers, reporters and web-developers with new tools for achieving universally designed websites. How to develop and design electronic services for individuals with cognitive challenges explained in a practical way. Examples of cognitive challenges are reduced short-term memory, reading and writing problems, reduced attention span and problems in orientation ability.
Various topics are covered in the guidelines, ranging from planning to development and testing of practical solutions. The guide comes with a number of practical design recommendations and examples of good solutions. It also provides background information and links to more information about universal design, cognition, legal matters, technical specifications, links and tools, as well as definitions of concepts and technical terms.
The Norwegian Computing Center and Karde AS have jointly developed the new guidelines.
The Delta Centre is the National Resource Centre for Participation and Accessibility for persons with disabilities.
More information about the guidelines (in Norwegian):
This document was first published 04.02.2010, and updated 01.10.2012.