Funka solves accessibility demands with new technology

By September 2020, public sector in the EU have to meet legal requirements of the EU Web Accessibility Directive. This means that everyone, regardless of their ability, should be able to access information and use services on the websites of public sector bodies.

With the legislation comes a need for expertise within the accessibility field in order for organisations to live up to the new requirements. To meet this increasing demand, Funka is building entirely new digital services.

"The directive is an important part of the effort to ensure everyone’s right to access information and services. We’re taking the next step in our digital transformation by bringing accessibility as a service to the marketplace,” says Susanna Laurin, Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Funka. “We know what our clients need and look forward to being able to support them more effectively with everything from compliance, to organisational processes, and to support them in building up their internal competence."

With the new service, clients will be able to stay up to date regarding the status and progress of their accessibility efforts.

“But more importantly: in the long term, we will be able to give our clients the tools they need to audit, address and, above all, improve their digital accessibility themselves. Doing things the right way should be easy,” says Susanna Laurin.

The initiative means that Funka will have the opportunity to develop entirely new digital services, based on years of experience and expertise in accessibility and in combination with artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning technologies. Among other things, Funka’s innovative offer will allow clients to gauge their accessibility level with the help of the Funka Accessibility Index.

“Our index is a good measure of how well your organisation meets the accessibility requirements of the Web Accessibility Directive. It is also a good yardstick for comparisons to other, similar organisations,” says Jan Lundin, CEO at Funka.

The new service, which will be unveiled in greater detail later this year, also gives clients a new way to benefit from Funka’s know-how and experience, including through automated accessibility processes.

“We look forward to taking the next step in Funka’s development. We are able to draw on twenty years of experience, and with the help of new partners we can now vigorously pursue the digitalisation of our business model. This enables us to operate on a larger scale, thereby helping our clients move forward in their vital accessibility efforts. Moreover, we see an increased demand from private companies as from public agencies and private actors beyond Europe, who want to make their digital communication accessible. In other words, the potential for development is enormous,” says Jan Lundin.