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The European Concept For Accessibility 2003

The European Concept for Accessibility Network (EuCAN) started its work in 1988. The “European Concept for Accessibility 1996” stressed the importance of Universal Design principles underlining everyone's right to freely use the environment. In this 2003 edition (referred to simply as “the ECA” EuCAN also develop the social reasons to create environments for all and the improvement that Europe can achieve by doing this.

The IDD volunteered to convert the ECA 2003, on behalf of Info-Handicap in Luxembourg, from its original MS Word format to HTML in order to take advantage of the mainstream use of Internet to enlarge and update its contents.

Our first draft is now ready for viewing. We have taken care to comply as far as possible with the WAI guidelines for accessibility.

Accessible Web version of the ECA

We would welcome your comments and suggestions for improvement.

Barcelona Declaration Project

In March of 1995 a European Congress "The City and the Disabled" was hosted in Barcelona. The outcome of the Congress was a manifesto known as the Barcelona Declaration signed by delegates representing many cities and towns in Europe.

In June 2001, the National Disability Authority (NDA) established a steering committee and issued a public call to tender for the Barcelona Declaration Project. The Institute for Design and Disability (IDD) successfully tendered for the contract. The Barcelona Declaration project is now well underway. For More information, see Barcelona Declaration Project

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