Funka organises webinars to share its knowledge and to inform about our important research projects, assignments, and investigations. It is also a good tool to build closer relations with different target groups, get new ideas and to exchange experiences.
Webinars organised by Funka’s Research and Innovation department can be found here.
Web Accessibility Directive (WAD) Review Validation Workshop – May 20th, 2022
As part of the 11th Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) and Funka’s Friday webinar series, we have organized a workshop where we discussed the impact of one of the most important pieces of European legislation for accessibility, The Web Accessibility Directive.
During this workshop you could discover the main insights from the review of the Web Accessibility Directive and hear the main conclusions from the study after analysing all the data collected.
Insights from research on cognitive accessibility – May 6th, 2022
Many people struggle with websites that are difficult to understand or navigate. However, website owners are often unaware of the concrete barriers that users are facing or the possible solutions to overcome these barriers. In this webinar, the Funka research team provides insights from a recent study on cognitive accessibility that was conducted by Funka and ICF on behalf of the European Commission.
Update on the EU accessibility requirements and legislation – March 18th, 2022
With the Web Accessibility Directive under review and the European Accessibility Act just around the corner, what requirements are we supposed to comply with? What is the difference between WCAG and EN301549 - and do we really need to care? This update is provided by Funka’s Chief Research and Innovation Officer Susanna Laurin, who is the chair of the ETSI/CEN/CENELEC Joint Working Group on eAccessibility.
Unlocking the Potential of XR for Persons with Disabilities – March 1st, 2022
How can extended reality (XR) technology – such as virtual and augmented reality – benefit persons with disabilities? This is the subject of our brand-new report, made possible by Meta. Watch the webinar in which Emil Gejrot, researcher at Funka and author of the report, presents key findings and thought-provoking examples.
Better cognitive support – February 4th, 2022
On February 4th, 2022, Funka organised a webinar where we presented the Buddy project results and discussed the future of assistive technology provision with a distinguished panel of experts from across Europe. The event was tailored to AT-producers and suppliers.
Funka – EDF Accessibility Update – January 27th, 2022
During this webinar we have demonstrated the results of the Buddy project, where users with cognitive disabilities can easily find suitable tools, supported by an AI-based recommender. We have also introduced the project UPower, starting in February 2022, where we are aiming to empower end users to execute their rights when it comes to the Web Accessibility, and presented some initial findings from the ongoing review of the Web Accessibility Directive.
Innovation that includes everyone! The example of “Users as Experts” – January 19th, 2022
The digital transformation of society has to work for everyone. And with new rules and regulations in place, the need for digital accessibility is greater than ever. But how do we meet that need? Our innovation is simple: enlist the help of those who already know what digital inaccessibility means, because they have experienced it themselves. That’s the purpose of Users as Experts, the first course on web accessibility that is for, by, and with persons with disabilities.
Listen in if you want to learn more about how co-creation enhances the impact of innovation.
Accessibility in higher education – practical tools and recommendations – December 8th, 2021
Web accessibility is gaining importance as a key competence for ICT students to learn. In this webinar, we have discussed the value of web accessibility teaching at university level as well as learned about tools to use for teaching web accessibility. IAAP Nordic, Funka and partnering universities have shared insights from the development of teaching materials as part of an EU-funded research project called IWAC.
Second online workshop on cognitive accessibility – November 25th, 2021
This was the second online workshop on cognitive accessibility. It was organized as part of a study funded by the European Commission on how to improve web accessibility for persons with cognitive disabilities.
During the workshop we have given a brief introduction to the study and presented potential solutions found in the research so far.
Speech as a digital tool – October 22nd, 2021
Speech-controlled services and devices – how do they work for people who stutter? On October 22nd, 2021, we have celebrated The International Stuttering Awareness Day by organising an online event on digital accessibility for people with speech impairments.
Increase the impact of your EU-funded project through accessibility! – October 1st, 2021
What is accessibility and why is it relevant to EU-funded projects? How accessibility increases the impact of your project? How accessibility can be included throughout the lifecycle of the project? This webinar is a sneak-peak of one of our regular training courses and will provide you with practical tips and good examples on how to make a project and its dissemination activities more accessible.
First online workshop on cognitive accessibility – June 22nd, 2021
In this first online workshop, we have exchanged experiences and insights on cognitive accessibility. The workshop was a part of a study funded by the European Commission on how persons with cognitive disabilities interact with digital information and services.
The event started with a brief introduction of the study and initial findings. This was followed by an interactive session where the participants were invited to share reflections and experiences on the consequences of websites being difficult to understand and navigate.
Funka – EDF Digital Accessibility Update! – June 9th, 2021
On June 9th, 2021, Funka has organised its first international Digital Accessibility Update co-hosted with European Disability Forum, EDF. The idea behind the Accessibility Update was to share knowledge with the disability community, present results from ongoing research and innovation projects, answer questions and make new friends!
Interactive workshop for public sector web authors – June 1st, 2021
What if authoring tools could provide automatic accessibility by default so that you don’t need to think about it, such as suggesting an ALT-text? What if the tools could support you to easily do the right thing? Wouldn’t that be great?
This workshop offered possibility to learn more about the results of Funka’s two groundbreaking EU-funded research projects: FEAT and We4Authors Cluster.
GAAD Special: Emerging Tech and Accessibility – May 20th, 2021
20th of May 2021 marked the 10th Global Accessibility Awareness Day! To celebrate this, Funka organized a special webinar on emerging tech and accessibility. Together with our panel of developers and experts, we’ve shined a spotlight on how technological innovation could empower and include persons with disabilities – and the accessibility hurdles that remain to be cleared.
Pre-GAAD event: Authoring tools with built-in accessibility! – May 19th, 2021
To this online event, we have invited market leading authoring tool producers and accessibility experts who have joined forces to make sure web authors get better support when creating accessible content. We’ve demonstrated the exciting results from two EU-funded research projects, where brand new features for "accessibility by default" have been developed.
AI, ML and accessibility - trends, opportunities and ethics – April 23rd, 2021
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are already used to support accessibility. Research as well as businesses see a great potential, and a lot of interesting innovation is happening as we speak. How can we make sure these technologies benefit inclusion without opening up for bias or privacy issues?
In this webinar, the participants could learn more about the potential of AI and ML in the perspective of accessibility. We had presented two highly relevant research projects on the topic and discussed potential next steps with key experts. The distinguished panel contained perspectives from end users, research, and AI expertise.
Cognitive accessibility - new requirements and future legislation – March 19th, 2021
In an exciting nationally funded research project, Funka has developed and tested criteria for cognitive accessibility. The aim of the project has been to influence future legislation so that accessibility requirements better include cognitive aspects. During this webinar, we had presented the project, showed concrete examples, discussed with international experts and leaved room for Q&A. The webinar was organised in collaboration with IAAP Nordic.
Involve the users workshop – January 27th, 2021
On January 27th, 2021, Funka together with Norwegian and Finnish disability organizations has co-organized an online workshop on user involvement. It was a part of the Involve the users research project.
The interactive online workshop offered both a presentation of the project results, and interesting discussions on involvement of people with disabilities in product development and research.
The European Accessibility Act – November 6th, 2020
The European Accessibility Act covers products and services in the private sector. In this webinar we have presented the Act, who it affects and what its requirements mean.