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  • Capacity building in focus in Germany and Belgium

    At the turn of the month September-October, Funka's experts shared our expertise at the conferences M-Enabling Forum Europe and Destinations for all World Summit, which are covering different areas of accessibility.
  • How to meet the requirements of the Web Accessibility Directive

    The Web Accessibility Directive implies many new requirements for digital accessibility. We will be happy to assist you in meeting the legal requirements and gaining control of your internal processes, including inventory, audits, requirements and training.
  • University training in web accessibility

    Funka, IAAP Nordic and four Nordic universities are investigating how web accessibility can be part of the university programs in the Nordic countries.
  • Sex in motion

    Ebba Myrsten, Partner Liaison and Test Person Coordinator at Funka, also works as a personal assistant. This summer, she participated in a camp with the topic of sexuality, function and norms, which caused many thoughts.
  • The Web Accessibility Directive will be introduced outside of the EU

    The EU Web Accessibility Directive will be introduced into Norwegian law 1 July 2019. When countries like Norway, in Europe but outside of the Union, implement the new regulations on web accessibility, existing national legislation needs to be updated. In some cases, it is even broader than what the EU requires.
  • Accessible websites for leading pensions company with help from Funka

    When KPA Pension, Sweden’s leading pensions company in the local authority sector, needed to review the accessibility of their websites, Funka was a natural partner for expert reviews.
  • Smart Ageing Serious Games for assessment of cognitive impairments

    Smart Ageing Serious Games in 3D virtual environments that reproduce aspects of the workplace can help elderly persons to familiarize with a new environment and virtually train work procedures. It can also detect difficulties before getting engaged in new tasks. By doing so it is possible to evaluate different cognitive functions and to detect possible impairments.
  • Funka redesigns a website for the EIP on AHA Reference Sites

    The Reference Sites Collaborative Network, part of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing, has assigned Funka for redesigning their website so that it will meet accessibility requirements and a more dynamic online presence.
  • New regulations, new requirements and updated standards

    Europe is soon to have legislation on web accessibility and requirements are updated to fit the new landscape. If you feel confused about WCAG and EN301549, this article may clarify some issues.
  • Innovation project on comprehensible content

    Together with Botkyrka Municipality and Linnaeus University, Funka will develop a method for helping the public sector to produce information that is easier to understand. Based on experiences from previous research projects, we test different models to reach persons with a mother tongue other than the official national one, with funding from Vinnova, Sweden’s innovation agency.
  • Accessibility of the future

    This summer, Funka’s Andreas Cederbom was invited as one of the speakers at the ICCHP conference in Linz, Austria, a research conference focusing on assistive technologies for persons with disabilities. He shares his impressions about some of the innovations that may be the assistive technology of the future.
  • IAAP Conference on European Web Accessibility Regulations

    The International Association of Accessibility Professionals, IAAP, organizes a conference on European accessibility laws and regulations, with speakers from the EU Commission, Funka and W3C.
  • Funka develops self-declaration tool for self service terminals

    Funka will develop a self-declaration tool for the Norwegian monitoring agency Difi. In Norway, the legal requirements for accessibility also apply to self service terminals. The tool will facilitate the work of supervising the requirements.
  • Psst….Save the date!

    9-10 April 2019, it is time for Funka Accessibility Days, Northern Europe's largest conference on accessible ICT. For the eleventh successive year, let yourself be inspired by some of the world´s leading experts and learn more about content, design, assistive technology, legislation, development, technology and much more! Funka Accessibility Days have now become so popular that we have grown out of the old premises. In 2019, the event will take place at Quality Hotel Friends in Solna. Save the date in your calendar already now! See you in 9-10 April 2019!
  • Accessible PDF files with help from Funka

    In the production of their annual report, the Swedish Agency for Accessible Media turned to Funka to convert the comprehensive document into PDF format.
  • Between hope and despair

    Monitoring and possible fines can be a driving force for accessibility. But at the same time, threats can mean that services are taken down. How do we make sure that legislation increases accessibility?
  • A win-win situation with Funka's empathy exercises

    As part of its competence development program Win-Win, Linköping municipality in Sweden has hired Funka to carry out empathy exercises. Through the exercises, the participants get to experience what it can be like to deal with disabilities in an urban environment, which becomes an eye-opener for many.
  • M-Enabling Forum finally in Europe

    Funka is part of the programme committee for the accessible technologies conference M-Enabling Forum Europe 2018, which takes place in Düsseldorf, Germany in September.
  • Health and accessible tourism: important for European regions

    Funka’s José Usero has participated in a session on Health and Accessible Tourism at the FORITAAL conference in Lecce, Italy.
  • Column: If I can get certified, so can you!

    Sandra Eriksson, accessibility expert with a focus on assistive technology at Funka, passed the written test for certification organized by the IAAP. She can now call herself a Web Accessibility Specialist. Here, she tells us about her exam anxiety.
  • Funka provides support to Norway's monitoring agency - again

    The Norwegian monitoring agency for web accessibility has asked Funka to further develop the guidelines, texts and illustrations for accessibility support that we have produced in previous assignments. In addition, we will support the further development of the information structure on the website where the material is presented.
  • Simulations of neurodiversity increase awareness

    In a project financed by the Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs, Funka will create training material based on user experiences. By simulating how persons with neuropsychiatric conditions experience life, we can raise awareness among our clients and others.
  • Political chaos

    Prior to the Swedish elections, we have reviewed the websites of the political parties in the Swedish parliament, to see how accessible they are. Unfortunately, they have not gotten any better since last election – rather the opposite.
  • Mobile Accessibility and the UN Convention

    In June each year, the G3ict arranges the M-Enabling Summit, in Washington. In the same week, the UN's annual Conference on State Parties to the Convention on Human Rights for People with Disabilities takes place in New York. Funka will contribute to both events.
  • e-democracy in focus in Norway

    Funka was invited to present about our assignment on digital tools for citizen participation in Sandnes, Norway, where the Department on Municipalities and Modernisation held a two day conference.
  • Make sure accessibility is afloat

    Funka's CEO Susanna Laurin sees similarities between working with accessibility and taking care of a wooden boat. Both activities require patience and the results can make many people happy.
  • Accessibility as a key element enabling Active and Healthy Ageing

    Accessibility features combined with digital transformation can contribute to improve the quality of life of older people, their inclusion and participation to the society. Funka addresses these issues in the project WE4AHA.
  • Content Management Systems that generate accessibility

    Imagine if the tools used to create websites and intranets would have built-in accessibility from the beginning, how much easier life would be! Soon, it can be a reality. Funka has received funding from the European Commission for a project that will contribute to increased accessibility in content management systems.
  • Have your say on the Web Accessibility Directive

    Time to react: until 15th of June, there is a public hearing of the draft implementation acts of the Web Accessibility Directive monitoring methodology and model accessibility statement. Feedback is welcome!
  • Virtual Reality for increased knowledge about hidden disabilities

    Hidden disabilities are often more difficult to understand and handle for the outside world, than physical impairments. Funka has received funding from Vinnova, Sweden’s innovation agency, to work on Virtual Reality experiences based on real stories from people with different disabilities. The aim is to develop training material that can contribute to an inclusive working life.
  • Target audience customization increasingly common

    Funka makes a yearly survey of how the public sector in Sweden works to ensure web content is comprehensible to all. This year shows some interesting results.
  • If you order a digital service, you are a product owner

    What is actually expected of a product owner? Maria Ström, one of Funka's wise UX designers, reflects on the work process and collaboration between the person responsible for the project and the supplier.
  • Meet us at Global Accessibility Awareness Day and other events

    May 17th, Funka will celebrate the Global Accessibility Awareness Day in Stockholm, Sweden while our Oslo office focuses on the national holiday of Norway. In Genoa, Italy, we will lecture on accessibility at the university.
  • Captions for videos on EN 301 549 now in French and German

    The videos about EN 301 549, which Funka made on behalf of Microsoft, have had a huge impact and used in many countries. The videos are now published also with French and German captions.
  • Funka investigates democracy tools in Norway

    To strengthen democracy, many municipalities are starrting to use digital tools for citizen dialogue. In order for everyone to participate on the same terms, the tools must of course be inclusive. Funka has been assigned to investigate how tools for citizen dialogue work for persons with disabilities.
  • Funka Accessibility Days 2018

    The tenth anniversary of the Funka Accessibility Days is over and we have started planning for next year. Please have a look at the speaker presentations, photos, illustrations and quotes from the event. Many thanks to participants, speakers, partners, exhibitors and suppliers!
  • How hard can it be?

    Before a new version of a standard is to be released, it is a very good idea to test the requirements in the real world. To make sure the success criteria of WCAG are possible to implement, W3C has used Funka's website as a test object.
  • Nordic IAAP chapter provides certification

    Through the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, IAAP, you can make sure that you, your colleagues or your supplier have current and relevant skills through certification. In the Nordic chapter of IAAP, you can meet local colleagues, thought leaders and share experiences that are specific for your market, in your local language.
  • EU requirements applies immediately

    In September, all EU member states will have common requirements for web accessibility for the public sector, as The Web Accessibility Directive enters into force. National laws need to be harmonised with the directive and in countries where no legislation on the topic is in place, new legislation needs to be written.
  • Time to focus on accessible design

    How information is presented is important to the visitors on your website. This is the first thing most users notice, and it affects accessibility for more users than you think. Funka can design your interface, but also perform audits and user tests on existing design as well as training for designers.
  • Criteria for cognitive accessibility of digital interfaces

    In a new research project, Funka will develop testable requirements to ensure that digital interfaces are accessible from a cognitive perspective. Today's standards and regulations focus on technical solutions for physical impairments, but many users have completely different types of needs.
  • How will life be in the future?

    Sweden has been a forerunner when it comes to user-controlled personal assistance for persons with disabilities. But this human right ensuring individual freedom may deteriorate. Funka's web editor Stefan Pelc, who is in need of personal assistance, is concerned about the uncertain situation right now.
  • The City of Stockholm develops its website through user tests

    The City of Stockholm is in the midst of a extensive development of the website stockholm.se. In this work, they have assigned Funka for user tests to give the inhabitants of Stockholm the best possible conditions to find what they are looking for and have a smooth user experience along the way.
  • Enterprise website prepares to meet the criteria

    To prepare for the forthcoming Web Accessibility Directive, the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth has assigned Funka to audit the web site verksamt.se. The goal is for verksamt.se to meet the criteria for WCAG 2.0 at AA level.
  • The interest in Funka Acessibility Days is greater than ever - Book your ticket now!

    It is happening soon, this year's edition of Europe's largest conference on information accessibility. April 17-18, we are celebrating the tenth anniversary of Funka Accessibility Days, and the interest breaks all records. Get useful information about the upcoming laws and standards that will come into effect this autumn and be inspired by news in technology, design and content. We give you practical tips, good examples and opportunities to listen to inspirational speakers like Paul Timmers and Christopher M. Lee. Take the chance to meet like-minded people and make new contacts. Welcome!
  • Innovative digital solutions a key component for Active and Healthy Ageing

    As coordinator for the WE4AHA project, Funka recently participated in and supported the European Commission with the Conference of Partners of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing in Brussels, The conference focused on how to ensure a large-scale deployment of innovative digital solutions, as a key component of the transformation of health and care.
  • Stavanger municipality made their website accessible with BrowseAloud

    Stavanger municipality in Norway is focusing on making their web content understandable. One way to help users who struggle with reading is to provide built in assistive technology. After scanning the market, Browsealoud, delivered by Funka, turned out to be the best option, with a simple and intuitive interface.
  • Thoughts from a neurophysiotypical person

    Linus Ersson, Interaction Designer and Accessibility and User Experience Expert at Funka, reflects on what is considered beautiful or ugly according to norms, what fits into a certain context or not and how words can define us.
  • To overcome digital barriers in employment – project now completed

    Digital barriers in the work environment can be a major obstacle for persons with disabilities to actively participate in modern working life. With funding from Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs, Funka has conducted a project in which we point out solutions for accessibility in financial system.
  • Making our musical heritage accessible

    Funka has helped the concert hall Konserthuset Stockholm to make its historic archive accessible for all. Through digital solutions, culture can reach a wider audience.
  • The program of the Accessibility Days is public!

    This year, there is a natural focus on new guidelines and regulations, but we also offer exciting sessions on everything from accessible mobile apps to accessible email. Spain is the international outlook of the year and one of the largest public sector bodies in Sweden shares experiences from their impressive accessibility work. As usual, we will provide you with practical recommendations and good examples. Welcome!
  • Investigation of digital tools for increased citizen dialogue

    Funka will investigate how digital tools can be used for citizen engagement in Norwegian municipalities. It is the Norwegian Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation who gave us the assignment.
  • Funka in Vienna

    Funka's CEO Susanna Laurin is invited to speak at the conference Zero Project: Accessibility, which takes place 21-23 February 2018 at the UN office in Vienna.
  • On the importance of noticing things

    Do you also take seemingly mundane things for granted? Emil Gejrot, Junior Researcher at Funka, reflects on the fact that no matter how well we think we understand how things work, there will always be something unconsidered, something gone unnoticed - and how all this can be applied to accessibility.
  • Gyldendal aims high with accessibility

    The Norwegian publishing house Gyldendal wants to be at the forefront of the expected increase in legal requirements for accessibility in the education sector in Norway. Therefore, they have used Funka for accessibility training of their employees and for expert review of a web platform.
  • Accessible language learning for immigrants

    By winning the Innovation Competition run by the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority, the tech startup Lingio, with help from Funka, will be able to make its language app accessible to persons with disabilities.
  • Irish research assignment on certification possibilities in universal design

    On behalf of the National Disability Authority in Ireland, Funka will investigate possibilities for certification in universal design for Irish IT professionals.
  • Overwhelmed by developments

    There is a lot happening on the accessibility front right now. Funka's Head of Analysis Andreas Cederbom reflects on what is going on, and why we do what we do.
  • Accessible Recruitment

    Recruitment processes often use personality tests, but the tests are rarely accessible. WeCompose and Funka have won the Innovation Competition of the Swedish Post and Telecom Authority with a project that aims to change this situation.
  • Independent audit is of great importance, according to Västervik municipality

    Before the Web Accessibility Directive enters into force in September, more and more governments, municipalities and state-owned companies are letting Funka review how well their digital interfaces meet the requirements. Västervik municipality explains how Funka's audit helps them in their accessibility process.
  • The 10th Anniversary of the Funka Accessibility Days!

    Make sure to come to this year's most important conference, taking place in Stockholm on 17-18 April. Now, we are publishing parts of the program to pique your interest. Sign up now to make sure to get a seat!
  • Next step for The Swedish Association of the Visually Impaired

    The Swedish Association of the Visually Impaired has once again chosen Funka as a supplier for long-term stability in terms of the accessibility of its digital development work.
  • Time to comment on the WCAG 2.1 – Make your contribution!

    Now is the time to influence the next version of WCAG, the international standard Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Read the latest draft and make your voice heard before January 12th.
  • An accessible learning platform with customised learning resources

    Funka has contributed with methodology, testing and accessibility audits in the development of the next-generation online learning platform Claned. The EU-funded research project is now finished, and the platform is ready to be launched.
  • National implementation of the Web Accessibility Directive is moving closer

    When 2017 is soon to end, the European legislation on web accessibility for public sector is moving into the next phase. Focus is now on the member state implementation.
  • Funka's network of municipalities: "Clearly the most important network!"

    One of the most rewarding things we do at Funka is to work with municipalities in our network. Let’s hear what the participants have to say about it.
  • New research project on personalized accessibility

    A system that adapts to the user instead of the other way around, it sounds almost too good to be true, right? We are starting a research project aimed at developing and testing somthing that could become a ”cognitive screen reader”.
  • New website for the Swedish Association of Educational Writers under development

    Funka is developing a new website for the Swedish Association of Educational Writers. The assignment has entered an eventful phase, with acceptance testing of the website and training for the client. Finally, they get access to a web environment with specific page templates and can begin to fill the website with content.
  • Germany Inclusion Days in Berlin

    The International Day of Disabled Persons keeps us busy in all our markets. This year we contribute to the Inclusion Days program in Berlin, Germany.
  • Disability rights lawyers got training in Trier

    Accessibility in public procurement legislation is a popular topic for Funka staff to present on in different parts of the world. At the Academy of European Law in Trier, Germany, we contributed to a two day seminar on EU Disability Law and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • An accessibility manual provides security and efficiency

    The state owned company that owns and operates all airports in Sweden, Swedavia, has given Funka the task of updating and quality assurance of their Accessibility Manual. The manual covers customer treatment, allergies, access to the specific built environment of airports, security and many other aspects.
  • Understandable text and Information for all

    ”Understandable Text and Information for All” is a three-year research project aimed at improving access to understandable and accessible social information in Sweden. This autumn Funka, together with partners and user organisations, is conducting user tests focusing on reading comprehension of different types of texts.
  • Engagement towards Active and Healthy Ageing - recent developments presented in Italy

    Funka’s Roberto Zuffada has attended two events in Italy presenting the most recent developments of the European Innovation partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing, thus confirming the leadership of Funka in the market of digital innovation for ageing and well-being.
  • It's time to put our feet down!

    A judicial precedent now allows for a tighter interpretation of the Swedish law on support and services for certain disabled people. This may mean that many people lose their right to personal assistance. Do we really want people to be denied a worthy life on equal terms with others?
  • Sodexo selects Funka for web development

    Funka has developed two websites with high demands for accessibility on behalf of Sodexo: one focusing on providing support for visually impaired people and one for aid service.
  • How are standards used in public procurement?

    Funka has been commissioned by Microsoft to investigate the extent to which accessibility standards are used in public procurement and purchasing.
  • Web Accessibility Directive: Norway is facing a choice

    How is Norway going to transpose the new EU-regulations on web accessibility when the existing legislation has a broader scope? Funka has participated in the public hearing and written a formal response.
  • Early Bird discount for Funka Accessibility Days

    17-18th of April 2018, we welcome the world leaders in accessibility and UX to Stockholm to inspire and share knowledge with you – helping you to create solutions that benefit all users. Until 31 December, you will get an Early Bird discount. Register now, so you're sure to get your seat.
  • Funka awarded strategic assignment for the Finnish government

    To support the Ministry of Finance in transposing the European Web Accessibility Directive into Finnish legislation, Funka has been assigned to make a comparative study of ongoing efforts.
  • Meet Funka this spring!

    Funka's experts are, as usual, active in many places around the world. You can for example meet us in Washington at the M-Enabling Summit or listen to a webinar arranged by the IAAP You can also meet us in Oslo, Norway at the Universal Design and New Technology conference, and in Sundsvall, Sweden, at the annual conference for public sector ICT.
  • What are you curious about?

    More or less everyday, we get interesting questions from readers, customers and partners. Often, it's questions we can answer because we experienced something similar before. But sometimes, the only sensible answer is that we need to test it in real life before making any recommendations. This is where our research and innovation department comes into play.
  • Section 508 refresh

    This article is the result of an interview with David Capozzi, Executive Director at the US Access Board.
  • Funka presents at the European Commission’s accessibility conference

    Funka’s CEO Susanna Laurin has been invited to talk about the positive effects accessibility has on small and medium sized businesses. The workshop in Brussels is for EU parliamentarians and policy makers and runs 2-3 February.
  • New Norwegian legislation proposed

    Finally a proposal to unite the Norwegian laws regarding equality- and anti-discrimination into a single law is under consideration. The proposal provides that the education sector should be covered by the regulation on accessibility in ICT, something that Funka has been arguing for a long time.