News

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  • Digital payment services for everyone!

    Funka has won an innovation competition for a service helping more people to use online payment services. The Swedish Post- and Telecoms Authority is funding the project and the County Administrative Board is our partner.
  • Funka promoted as key innovator by the European Commission

    One of the research projects Funka is working in has been analysed by the Innovation Radar and Funka has been listed as key innovator together with Texthelp and the University of Linz.
  • Time to fix your PDF documents

    Let us take care of the accessibility of your PDF documents during the summer, so you do not have to worry about the September 23 deadline. We can audit, remediate or train - depending on the needs of your organisation.
  • Norwegian SpareBank 1 chooses Funka

    Funka has been commissioned to audit the accessibility of the Internet bank and banking app for Norwegian SpareBank 1, using the higher level of accessibility requirements that Funka has designed in cooperation with the disability organisations. As SpareBank 1 has higher ambitions than just complying to the law, Funka has been hired to see if there is room for further improvements.
  • Networking and collaboration - a great way to succeed with accessibility

    Not sure who to ask? Do you need inspiration? Do you want to share your thoughts with like-minded people? Then maybe you should join a network that works with accessibility?
  • Three questions for Olle Hansen

    Three questions for Olle Hansen, Captain and project manager on the accessible catamaran and racing boat Handicat.
  • Funka Accessibility Days November 24-25

    To give as many people as possible a chance to attend our annual conference, we have postponed the Accessibility Days to the end of November. We are very much looking forward to exciting presentations and inspiring discussions this year, when teleworking, online training and web meetings have become something everyone is doing. Digital accessibility has never been more important!
  • Understandable text through machine learning

    Together with the RISE Research Institutes if Sweden, Funka will investigate whether AI can help web authors create texts that are easier to understand.
  • Procurement - a key to better accessibility

    When suppliers do the right thing and deliver accessibility from the start, everything becomes much better. But in order for them to have a chance to do so, you must provide clear requirements. We'll teach you how!
  • Public broadcasting apps accessibility tested

    App accessibility is getting increasing attention. For many years Funka has been working with the different digital channels of the Swedish public broadcaster SVT. Right now, we are testing how the popular apps meet accessibility requirements.
  • Accessibility: the responsibility of the whole team!

    Make sure your own team as well as many other parts of the organisation get at least basic training in accessibility. It becomes much more easy to move things forward internally if you are not the only one aware of the requirements.
  • Involving users

    When people with disabilities contributes to finding new solutions, set requirements and do testing, the end result is better for everyone. In a new research project, Funka will try to contribute to better user involvement.
  • Regional library chooses Funka

    Libraries are just one of all the important community services that must meet accessibility requirements under the European Web Accessibility Directive. The regional library of Värmland has chosen to involve expertise on accessibility to ensure that the site works for everyone.
  • Three questions to Lars Qvart

    Three questions to Lars Qvart, Communications Strategist at the Swedish Tax Agency.
  • When accessibility is a matter of course

    Many of our clients focus on the requirements of the law, but not all of them. For the Swedish Association of Teaching Material Authors, it is self-evident that information must work for everyone, even if the organisation is not covered by the law. Funka is re-developing the organisation’s website focusing on accessibility.
  • Three questions to Veronica Magnusson Hallberg

    Three questions to Veronica Magnusson Hallberg, chair of the Swedish Down syndrome Association.
  • The introduction of the Web Accessibility Directive is delayed within EFTA

    Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland will implement the Web Accessibility Directive a little later than planned. Meanwhile, Norway is developing a centralised functionality for accessibility statements.
  • Research results: guidelines on authoring tools

    Until we will can meet again and conduct our popular lectures and conferences presenting the latest research results we have obtained, we would like promote the reports we are continuously publishing. We are happy to share our knowledge.
  • Online opportunity to enhance your knowledge on accessibility

    Many large accessibility events have been cancelled or postponed because of Covid-19. This means that a lot of interesting presentations risk never being held. ”A Future Date” is a volunteer-led virtual accessibility event full of curated sessions 21-23 of April. The conference is free of charge.
  • Built-in accessibility offers support to web authors

    By providing authoring tools with built-in accessibility, non-experts can publish in an accessible way. Funka has received funding to develop better templates with built-in accessibility for EpiServer.
  • Funka supports the spread of innovative digital health and care solutions across Europe

    In these troubled times, it is more important then ever to learn from each other across sectors and borders when it comes to digital health for elderly. By sharing experiences between industry, civil society, the academy and governments, innovative solutions can be made available throughout Europe.
  • Three questions to Susanna Cederquist

    Three questions to Susanna Cederquist, teacher and author focusing on dyslexia.
  • Recurring audits are a sign of quality

    Returning customers is always nice. But even better is when they, like the municipality of Trondheim in Norway, choose to gradually improve their interfaces and then ensure that they succeed by allowing us to test against the requirements.
  • ICT-companies are trained in UX and accessibility

    Daresay is one of many suppliers who have chosen Funka to deepen their knowledge of accessibility. With practical exercises and good examples, training activites can be tailored to the customer's demands.
  • Funka influences the authoring tool market

    With funding from the European Parliament, we have got the chance to build upon one of our most innovative research projects. This time we will work together with authoring tools producers to make models for accessibility by default.
  • Young entrepreneurs develop new wheelchair ramp

    Backrack UB is a project aimed at developing a portable and collapsable ramp for wheelchairs. Being able to solve problems with lack of accessibility can give you a feeling of freedom.
  • Conference May 6: Let future IT professionals learn accessibility!

    How could the next generation of technicians, designers and communication people get accessibility right from the start? What can we do to facilitate their way out into the labor market now that demands are being raised? On May 6, the results of a Nordic research project will be presented in Stockholm.
  • New youth organisation choses Funka

    Together with children and young people with language disorders, we develop a new website with high requirements on accessibility. The Swedish Heritage Foundation finances the development of the new organisation including the website.
  • Chatbots for everyone?

    Funka has investigated how chatbots work for people with disabilities. The Norwegian Directorate for Children, Youth and Family Affairs funded the project which is now completed.
  • Accessibility training for tourism professionals

    For everyone, no matter of abilities, to be able to travel and experience things on equal terms, the tourism industry must enhance the accessibility. We are creating a training for managers and frontline staff, funded by the European Commisson.
  • Accessible teaching material

    Through training in accessibility, the Norwegian NDLA hopes to be able to take the first steps towards teaching materials that work for everyone. Funka contributes with competence and good examples.
  • App for accessible events

    More and more sports and cultural arenas are using digital solutions to increase accessibility. Got Event has developed an app that opens up opportunities for more people to visit their facilities.
  • Three questions to Alejandro Moledo

    Three questions to Alejandro Moledo, Policy Coordinator of the European Disability Forum, (EDF)
  • Accessibility Days – the program is published!

    The most important conference of the year is soon coming up, register now to make sure not to miss out. You can look forward to exciting speakers and interesting presentations, assistive technology exhibition, gamers corner and networking opportunities.
  • Empathy exercises for the traffic office of the city of Stockholm

    Trying out how accessibility works in practice is an effective way of increasing knowledge and awareness. By regularly returning to inclusion issues, the city of Stockholm is building for the future.
  • Three questions to Raouf Sormunen

    Three questions to Raouf Sormunen, accessibility expert at Funka and Certified Professional in Web Accessibility (CPWA) within the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, IAAP.
  • Accessibility requirements and deadlines in 2020

    A new year comes with new things to keep track of. In 2020, the deadline is set for more types of interfaces that have to meet the requirements of the Web Accessibility Directive. Make sure you don’t forget any of them!
  • Active involvement: putting the UNCRPD into practice

    Do persons with disabilities have a say in political decisions that affect them? In a new report, Funka looks at how local authorities in Sweden try to make “nothing about us without us” more than a slogan.
  • Inclusive training can overbridge the digital divide

    Together with pan-European service providers, universities and networks, Funka will develop training material and manuals to enhance the digital literacy among persons with disabilities and elderly. The research project is funded by the European Commission.
  • Football for Everyone

    Sweden’s first blind football team sees football as a game for everyone. They started on a slippery school pitch and were recently awarded a prestigious prize.
  • Three questions to Maureen Piggot

    Three questions to Maureen Piggot, Treasurer of the European Disability Forum, the umbrella organisation for European disability organisations, and former President of Inclusion Europe.
  • Inclusion as part of Data Economy

    At a High-Level Conference organized by the Finnish EU Presidency, Funka had the privilege of lecturing on accessibility to a whole new audience.
  • Funka in a large EU-funded project on smart health for the elderly

    Accessibility, user-centered design and standardization are important components that Funka contributes to in the Gatekeeper project. The goal is a healthy and independent life for the elderly with the help of new technology.
  • The Norwegian Tourist Association chooses Funka

    The Norwegian Tourist Association has hired Funka to conduct an audit of how well the website ut.no meets Norway's requirements for accessibility.
  • The European Day of Persons with Disabilities

    This time every year, stakeholders from various sectors meet to discuss accessibility, human rights, regulations and standards in Brussels when the European Commission and the European Disability Forum organize a conference. Funka reports from the event.
  • Early bird discount on Funka Accessibility Days

    Don’t forget to save money by signing up for the Accessibility Days! Until New Year you can register at a lower price. Get inspired by the foremost experts in accessibility, learn from good examples, meet end users with disabilities and test your website live with various assistive technology!
  • Funkas Christmas gifts: great deals if you have money left in this year's budget!

    Most of the questions we get these days have to do with the Web Accessibility Directive. Therefore, we chose to focus on Christmas gifts that we know many of our customers are particularly interested in. If you order before Christmas, Santa Claus will offer discounts.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.