By SafeGov Contributor, Tracy Mitrano.
Adoption of harmonised requirements for accessibility will also help the European Union on legal access fronts. Harmonised requirements remove barriers and incentivise the exchange of information across countries. These efforts complement the needed reform of Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties that govern the exchange of information for law enforcement purposes. To this end, the Commission should more explicitly integrate accessibility into its work on cloud computing and the Digital Single Market. Not only will integration provide opportunities for people with disabilities, but insight into that process will contribute to a deeper understanding of accessibility as a concept that goes to heart of the EU’s broader goals to extend the definition and meaning of citizenship.
As more accessible technology is available within public sector entities, more people with disabilities will be able to enter the job market, paving the way for even greater job creation and helping to mitigate persisting social inequalities, another key aim of President Jean-Claude Juncker’s Commission. Thus, for the more than 80 million people with disabilities in Europe, the public administrations – whether as lawmakers or procurers – should lead the charge in providing people with the tools to contribute to economic and social progress.
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Tracy Mitrano is the director of the Institute for Computer Policy and Law at Cornell University and an active participant in the dialogue on accessibility policy for a wide range of educational institutions.safegoveu