EU Moves Toward Mandated Mobile App Accessibility

PROVIDENCE, RI–(Marketwired – September 26, 2017) – Building on the Web and Mobile Accessibility Directive of 2016, the European Commission is now working toward the establishment of a far-reaching list of accessibility guidelines for mobile applications. Released in April 2017, Mandate 554 is based within the parameters outlined by the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0) and so lays out requirements for mobile apps’ perceivability, operability, understandability, and robustness across international app providers. The hope is that this new mandate will encourage improved experience for app users with disabilities, but it is still unclear how quickly these new standards will be adopted across the myriad apps available today.

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Mobile and Web accessibility compliance is a requirement, but trying to understand the WCAG 2.0 Guidelines and how they relate to ADA, ACAA, OCR, AODA, Section 508 and other compliance requirements, can be confusing. The Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BoIA) has been helping eliminate the accessibility digital divide since 2001. The organization’s reports, tools, and services have assisted businesses in improving, maintaining, and proving the accessibility of their websites. With services that include self-help tools, audits, training, remediation and implementation support, BoIA has the experience and expertise to ensure that accessibility efforts are worthwhile and successful. For more information, visit

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