Nordic Chapter News
Next IAAP Nordic Webinar
On February 12, IAAP Nordic will arrange a webinar with UX in focus. The speaker is Torbjørn Helland Solhaug from Bouvet in Norway. Torbjörn will go through what you as a UX designer can do to make the user experience the best for all users, and talk about who's affected if you make the wrong choices.
Read more about IAAP Nordic Webinar (norwegian text)
Welcome New Local Founder
IAAP Nordic pleased to announce a new local founder: Handelsbanken.
Update on first workshop on Web Accessibility in Higher Education
Last month, IAAP Nordic held its first workshop in a series on Web Accessibility in Higher Education. Around 50 participants from the public sector and 6 different universitites gathered for a workshop at Oslo Metropolitan university. The topic for the day was how to make sure accessibility training becomes part of the curricula.
Read full report on Nordic Chapter worksop.
Web Accessibility in Higher Education
IAAP Nordic is joining forces with four leading universities in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland as well as accessibility specialists company Funka Nu AB to set up a network to promote and strengthen web accessibility education throughout the Nordic countries. The project is funded by Nordplus.
The two year project takes a cross-sectoral approach involving higher education institutes, as well as non-profit and private sector providers of web accessibility training. During the project, partners will analyse the current status of web accessibility training in higher education and gather best practices for dissemination.
A series of workshops and a conference will be organised in 2018 - 2020 to explore questions such as how web accessibility can be better integrated into existing curricula and how to best prepare students for the new demands of the market in this field. The aim is to lay the basis for a broad cross-sectoral co-operation that will encourage innovative ways to advance learning on web accessibility in ICT education. The first workshop will be held in Oslo November 21th.
Workshop November 21 (in Norwegian)
Web Accessibility in Higher Education
IAAP Nordic Launches First Webinar Series in Nordic Languages - Fall 2018
On November 28, Per-Olof Hedvall, from Certec, Lund University (Sweden), will give an introduction to Universal Design and which methods are available when working with it. The webinar will be held in Swedish. You can sign up by emailing email@example.com.
IAAP Nordic Chapter Leader Susanna Laurin Presented at World Destinations for All 2018 in Brussels October 1-2.
This is the 2nd World Summit on Accessible Destinations for All. The objective of the summit is to share best practices with the tourism sector in order to consolidate a global network of destinations for all, accessible to people with specific needs. Susanna presented a session on "Making Your Destination Inclusive and Accessible to All" and represented IAAP.
IAAP Nordic has arranged an exclusive, high-level, full day conference on digital accessibility regulations in Brussels on December 5, 2018. With key speakers from the European Commission and leading subject matter experts in the field, this day will provide all the information you need regarding legal requirements on accessibility. The event will cover the Procurement Directive, the Web Accessibility Directive and the planned European Accessibility Act (EAA).
More information on the IAAP Nordic Conference on Web Accessibility
On 31 May, IAAP Nordic held an information meeting in Oslo. Around 50 people attended. There was also time for some networking, and the audience engaged in interesting discussions about accessibility and the advantages of getting a certification. The next information meeting will be held in Helsinki in the autumn.
Furthermore, the Nordic Chapter has a new local founder: Social Digital, from Denmark. They help DPOs and organisations from the public and private sectors to create viable digital solutions – solutions that make a difference for people with special needs. Welcome, Social Digital!
May 2018We are pleased to announce the Funka NU, Nordic Chapter Lead, is now an Approved Certification Preparation Provider. Training is available in three languages:
Funka Training in English
Funka Training in Swedish
Funka Training in Norwegian
Frida Sandberg, Project Manager at IAAP Nordic and Samantha Evans, Certification Manager at IAAP held a successful speech with the title, ”Finally Certification within Accessibility” at Funka Accessibility Days in Stockholm, Sweden. 350 professionals within accessibility attended the meeting. The feedback was very positive and followed by more than two hours of really in-depth conversations with attendees after the session.
March 2018The Nordic chapter will hold an information meeting about IAAP during Funka Accessibility Days April 17-18th in Stockholm, Sweden. The meeting will gather around 300 accessibility professionals from all Nordic countries.
Frida Sandberg, Project Manager IAAP Nordic and Samantha Evans, Certification Manager at IAAP will join the meeting and inform the audience about member benefits and the IAAP certification program.
A website for the Nordic chapter will be launched shortly.
On January 15, the Nordic chapter got its project leader Frida Sandberg on board. This means we now have the possibility to be much more active and starting our local activities. The first information meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, was just as successful as the previous ones in other Nordic countries have been, with an active audience covering universities, ICT-companies, disabled persons organizations and public sector agencies.
It is quite obvious that there is a need for a platform or forum to discuss accessibility issues. This certainly goes for Denmark as well as the other countries in the chapter. The meeting resulted in a lot of new contacts and a row of potential new members.
At the same time, we can see an increase in interest in certification from ICT-companies, particularly in Norway.
We will keep on inviting to information meetings in parallel with building up the local advisory board.
Photo taken at first Nordic Chapter information meeting held in Copenhagen, Denmark.
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