Accessibility is a prerequisite for people with disabilities to engage in society. Accessibility can refer to physical accessibility to buildings, transportation and outdoor areas.
But accessibility also include access to information and communication, such as digital media, online stores, public authorities’ websites, online banking, etc.
The UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities, is intended to ensure that people with disabilities have access to the same rights and opportunities as everybody else. Both Denmark and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland ratified the convention in 2009.
The EU directive on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies basically applies to all websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies in Denmark. The directive should ensure that as many people as possible can use the websites and apps of public authorities, not least people with disabilities.
Accessibility regulations in the UK are based on the socalled EU Directive on web accessibility: DIRECTIVE (EU) 2016/2102 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on the accessibility of the websites and mobile applications of public sector bodies.
In Denmark and the rest of the EU the standard WCAG 2.1 is used, which is developed by the international organisation W3C.