News

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  • How is your Accessibility Statement doing?

    Funka provides support with everything that has to do with the Web Accessibility Directive, including the Accessibility Statement.
  • New version of EN301549 published

    The latest update, version 3 of the EN301549, is published, with several interesting news.
  • Funka at the Dyslexia fair

    In mid-October we took part in the Dyslexia fair in Uppsala to show our business and the assistive technology we offer.
  • City of Stockholm chooses Funka

    Funka is performing content audits and plain language training as well as modifying texts for the Communication Office of City of Stockholm.
  • From education to inclusion

    In a new EU funded project involving Slovak and Czech partners, Funka will contribute to increased accessibility for visually impaired.
  • Funka in Kenya

    Funka, G3ict and InAble have performed workshops on accessibility standards and procurement policies at national and county level government in Kenya.
  • Limited-Time Offer: Discount on making PDF-documents accessible!

    Don’t miss your chance to ensure your documents are accessible. Until November 15th, we’re offering PDF remediation of static documents for half our normal rate. You can submit as many documents as you want, so be sure to take advantage of this offer!
  • Open call for an increased focus on the UN convention

    In order for the EU to fulfill the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, the Commission's disability unit should be moved to the Secretariat-General, according to EDF and ten MEPs.
  • Web accessibility didn’t reach the U.S. Supreme Court

    Instead, the case of Domino's pizza will be decided at the Federal level. This means that the Americans with Disabilities Act still covers websites and mobile applications.
  • The European Commission recognised 77 European regions for driving innovation in active and healthy ageing

    77 European regions involving the public sector, industry, academia and civil society were awarded Reference Site status in recognition of their commitment to delivering high-quality services to the ageing population. The Award Ceremony was held during the 2019 Conference of Partners, held together with the AAL Forum in Aarhus, Denmark, in September.
  • Celebrating the International Day of Older Persons

    The 1st of October is designated "International Day of Older Persons" by the United Nations General Assembly. To us, this is a day when accessibility and ageing can be celebrated together. This year we show highlight the city of Aarhus.
  • Accessibility - a natural part of training for web professionals

    In a new and exciting EU-funded research project, Funka is collaborating with leading European universities to ensure the next generation of professionals within web and IT gets to learn web accessibility from the start.
  • Funka in cooperation with day care centers

    A close cooperation with users with different abilities and needs is key to our work. Long-term collaboration with day care centers means a fantastic possibility to learn even more
  • The directive applies – a reality check

    We performed sample tests of 30 newly released public sector body websites to see how well they are doing when it comes to accessibility. The Web Accessibility Directive requires compliance of these websites as of 23 September this year.
  • Early Bird discount for Funka Accessibility Days 2020

    Time to register for the Accessibility Days 1-2 April 2020! We are opening registration earlier this year to offer even better discounts. Right now you can get your ticket for 800 EURO per person in the public sector, 1 200 EURO for private sector and 310 EURO for non profit organisations.
  • The Web Accessibility Directive is introduced outside of the EU

    The EU's Web Accessibility Directive is to be introduced in Norway, which is an interesting process as the commercial sector is subject to current legal requirements. Funka is one of the referral bodies that commented on the proposals for implementation.
  • Let us help you to comply with the Web Accessibility Directive

    Funka has developed new services to help you meet the requirements of the Web Accessibility Directive. Based on the same methodology that will be used for monioring, we give you exactly the support you need.
  • Swedish monitoring agency chooses Funka

    On behalf of the Swedish Agency for Digital Government, which will monitor how the public sector complies with the Web Accessibility Directive, Funka is investigating automatic tools for testing accessibility.
  • Fantastic news for screen reader users in small language areas

    More users of assistive technology will get direct updates in their own languages. Join us in celebrating improved accessibility!
  • New European standard on Design for All

    The Design for All approach can help organisations achieve accessibility and reach more users. That is the background for en EN17161, which was published this spring.
  • European event on ageing and care in digital transformation in September

    Funka is supporting the the Ambient Assisted Living Programme (AAL) to team up with the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) and jointly hold the two initiatives’ annual conferences in September in Aarhus, Denmark.
  • IAAP 5 years celebration awards

    In only five years, the member organisation of accessibility professionals has reached more than 2000 members in over 40 countries. In Washington DC, IAAP members gathered to celebrate and honor the people who have meant a lot to the organisation from the beginning.
  • Would you like to get involved?

    At Funka, we involve end users for real. Basing our research on end user needs means that we regularly meet with individuals and organisations to make sure we share knowledge.
  • All children must be allowed to read!

    During the summer holidays, an exciting initiative is arranged I Norway to get children to read. Using current topics and gamification, the county libraries hope to attract more young readers to the campaign.
  • European regions drive innovation in active and healthy ageing

    An opportunity for regional partnerships involving the public sector, industry, academia and civil society to gain recognition for their committment to delivering high-quality services to the ageing population.
  • Webinar on the Web Accessibility Directive, 11 September

    Take advantage of Funka’s new focus on hosting webinars in English! Do you work with communication or information, documents, external web, intranet or apps in the public sector? Or deliver services, development, form, UX, content or other web-based activities to customers in the public sector? Then you need to understand what the Web Accessibility Directive is all about. This open training session covers everything you need to know.
  • The European Accessibility Act is published

    The European regulations covering requirements of accessibility in certain products and services in the private sector has finally been published. This means that a large number of players who have not previously worked with accessibility will need to focus on the area.
  • Study on Universal Design of ICT in Ireland

    What does the fast Irish IT-sector know about universal design and accessibility? What would they need to learn to support increased accessibility? Those are questions Funka has studied on behalf of the Irish National Disability Authority.
  • M-enabling Summit and IAAP 5 years celebration

    Time for a party! The professional association IAAP is turning 5 years. This is celebrated in Washington DC during the global M-enabling Summit. Many interesting topics will be discussed when the UN initiative G3ict once again invites decision-makers from all over the world to focus on digital accessibility.
  • Smart Cities, service design and accessibility

    Norwegian municipalities working with the Smart Cities concept will get the opportunity to include users in a new way in our latest innovation project around inclusive service design.
  • Workshops on accessible Content Management Systems

    Do you want to impact the accessibility of tomorrow’s content management systems? After summer you have the chance to contribute when we organize workshops in Brussels as part of one of our exciting research projects.
  • Funka develops website for neurodiverse children and youth

    On behalf of the Swedish organisation for people with neuropsychiatric disorders, Funka has developed a website focusing on the rights for all young people to have meaningful leisure time.
  • Empathy brings insight - Fun in new exciting project

    Together with Certec at Lund University of Technology, Funka will produce educational material, Virtual Reality experiences and 360° videos to spread knowledge about people with social, communicative and mental disabilities.
  • Accessibility in chatbots

    More and more organizations use different types of chatbots in their customer dialogue. But do they work for everyone? Funka will find out in a project together with the Norwegian Tax Agency and IAAP Nordic. Do you want to join?
  • Accessibility is moving forward – believe it or not

    Sometimes progress is hard to spot if you are in the middle of the whole thing. It might be useful to take a step back and reflect on all the different things going on in our business. The evolution is quite impressive, says Funka's Research and Innovation Officer.
  • Funka in Bukarest panel

    On the 8th of May, the South Eastern European Dialogue on Internet Governance is organising a conference on internet policy, including web accessibility. Funka’s Susanna Laurin is participating in a panel covering accessible digital technology for all.
  • e-health agency chooses Funka

    Health information is important for everyone. Therefore, the Norwegian e-health agency has chosen to sign a framework agreement with Funka to ensure a high level of universal design in its many popular digital services.
  • Funka celebrates the Global Accessibility Awareness Day in Munich

    The 16th of May, Funka’s Susanna Laurin is invited to Atos event in Munich to celebrate the Global Accessibility Awareness Day. The topics of the year are Artificial Intelligence and accessibility in the workspace.
  • Funka is supporting regional innovation in Active and Healthy Ageing

    Funka launches 2019 EIP on AHA Call for Twinnings Support Scheme. Receive up to € 5,000 to facilitate the deployment of large-scale innovative digitally-enabled solutions for health and care for older adults.
  • Funka Accessibility Days 2019

    Funka Accessibility Days are 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 our participants, speakers, partners, exhibitors and suppliers!
  • The Swedish Monitoring Agency chooses Funka

    DIGG is the authority that has been commissioned to both support the introduction and check compliance with the Web Accessibility Directive in Sweden. The authority has now signed a framework agreement with Funka and several other suppliers.
  • Funka continues the expansion

    We are currently undertaking a major investment in product development, new services, research and innovation. We welcome our new CEO Marie Wirkestrand to Funka's fantastic world and present Susanna Laurin in her new role as Chief Research and Innovation Officer.
  • Plain language is still far away

    Very few public agencies test whether users understand their information. Even fewer users read the easy-to-read information. The result of Funka's annual survey on understandable information is disappointing.
  • Funka at the eHealth Summit 2019

    Digital health and citizen empowerment were some of the topics covered in Lisbon this March, when stakeholders within research and innovation met for the eHealth Summit 2019.
  • Training for people with disabilities

    More people are needed who give advice and support on accessibility now that demand increases with regulations. People with disabilities are a resource that could be used much better. A new project will try to do just that.
  • Sign language, caption and audio description

    We have written a small manual on sign language, captions and audio description. What does the Web Accessibility Directive require and when? What target groups benefit from these features? Are there any exceptions? We hope to answer some of your questions.
  • Funka is supporting a wide range of activities around the EIP on AHA community

    WE4AHA project, led by Funka, is devoted to support and coordinate a series of activities and support services for the EIP on AHA. The project has had a huge amount of achievements during 2018 and is preparing many different activities for 2019.
  • Lovdata chooses Funka

    Funka will provide ongoing support with regards to accessibility when the Norwegian foundation Lovdata publishes material about assistive technology and grants for people with disabilities.
  • A society without cash – can we handle that?

    Funka’s Emil Gejrot adds some perspective to the debate around the “cashless society”, which many believe we’re about to enter.
  • The library service answers - just about anything!

    In Sweden, there is a digital service where you can ask any question and get answers from wise public librarians. Funka’s Karin Forsell has trained with a group of people that seems to have one of the world's most fun jobs.
  • Funka Accessibility Days - the program is ready!

    This year's program has a number of fantastic speakers, including Jamie Knight, Ian Pouncey, Kathy Wahlbin, Inmaculada Placencia Porrero, Eric Eggert, Jack Nicolai, Gudrun Stock, Ian Hamilton, Zoë Bijl, Neil Milliken, Peter Sunna and many more. Register now for this year's most important conference in Stockholm 9-10 April.
  • Long-term care users contribute to the development of new services

    Funka delivers accessibility expertise to an EU-funded research and innovation project that develops a system for co-creation among individuals, healthcare professionals, researchers and innovators. The goal is that different stakeholders together will develop new solutions for long-term care.
  • The Norwegian Environmental Authority chooses Funka

    Funka has conducted an audit of accessibility on the new website for the Norwegian Environmental Authority.
  • New Funka report on disability rights in Sweden

    In a new report, Funka looks at how public sector bodies in southern Sweden can enhance the rights of persons with disabilities. How well do strategic approaches to disability policy work in practice?
  • Funka Community is launched!

    Do you want access to a lot of knowledge about web accessibility, laws and regulations? Do you want to ensure that you always have the right information and quickly get answers to questions about accessibility? Then the Funka Community is something for you.
  • Funka Accessibility Days 9-10 April

    The most important conference of the year is soon here! We doubled the size of the venue to meet demand. Be sure to register now! Don’t miss the IAAP Nordic side event the day before the conference. There is a discount for participants who choose to participate in both events.
  • Young people get tools to influence the accessibility issue

    Increased independence and more influence for young people with disabilities are two of the goals for an exciting project that Funka participates in starting in February.
  • SeniorNet Sweden chooses Funka

    With funding from the Swedish Post and Telecom Agency, SeniorNet Sweden will develop a supervisor training program in order for elderly people to learn more about IT. Funka has been commissioned to help with expertise in accessibility.
  • Focus on elderly users

    Funka's CEO Susanna Laurin reports from a debate in the European Parliament and international standardization that deals with the inclusion of elderly in IT development.
  • E-democracy at many levels

    Recently, there has been a great focus on citizen dialogue in several countries. Funka has, among other things, looked at how accessible the different solutions are.
  • Necessary differences and unnecessary problems

    We have compared how experts from different countries interpret requirements for accessibility within the framework of an EU-funded project that is now ending. An open learning platform was the result.
  • Accessibility competition in the built environment

    Funka's Ebba Myrsten has been chosen to be part of the jury assessing accessibility and innovation in the property portfolio of the municipal housing company Stockholmshem.
  • Survey on procurement of accessibility

    To help and support procurers to buy accessibility, the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) is developing a certification exam for procurers. You are welcome to contribute to the content by answering an important survey.
  • Games for everyone

    Funka’s Danne Borell tells the story about computer games who add accessibility thinking in a good way and how the job as an accessibility specialist affects his whole life.
  • Nine months to meet the European regulations

    The European-wide Web Accessibility Directive means that public sector needs to meet accessibility demands. There are nine months left until the first interfaces must comply with the requirements - how can we help you?
  • Increased knowledge about e-health

    The EU funded research project IC-Health is finished. Courses aiming to raise awarenes and competence when it comes to e-health in different target groups have been created together with users.
  • EN301549 is harmonized!

    The EN-standard with accessibility requirements for ICT products and services can now be used to demonstrate compliance to the Web Accessibility DIrective. We explain how it works.
  • Funka in Australia

    Australia has chosen to implement the same requirements for accessibility as the EU, namely the European Standard EN301549, as mandatory requirements for public procurement. Funka's Susanna Laurin, one of the experts behind the standard, provides support to the Australian government in the process.
  • Klarna gets a clearer view of the user perspective through design audit

    An important principle for the bank Klarna is to see the world from the user's perspective. To facilitate all of the bank's customers, Funka was assigned to make a review of design based on the current standard.
  • Funka in EU-project to improve digital health solutions

    Funka is a proud partner of DigitalHealthEurope, a EU-funded project that will support deployment of digital solutions for person-centred integrated care in Europe.
  • Funka's Christmas gifts: great deals for those who have money left in this year's budget!

    In this year's Christmas stocking, we have put some popular services and products that we think may fit when the year is coming to an end. Could you think of a better way to spend the left overs from this years’ budget, than making your website work better for users?
  • Thanks for another amazing year!

    Another year of accessibility work is coming to an end. Funkas’ Susanna Laurin writes about the importance of positive feedback and the need to give appreciation to those who do the right thing.
  • Altibox creates accessible TV experience with the help of Funka

    The Norwegian broadband operator Altibox wants to create a TV experience that is good for as many as possible. The goal is that customers easily can find the content that they are interested in. Funka has reviewed the Altibox app and TV interface for accessibility.
  • Accessible tourism in Estonia

    With a focus on tourism, the built environment and transportation, Funka is providing services to the Estonian Tourist Board.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.