Here is a selection of personal accounts by organisations which support the work of the e-accessibility association.
How is it possible to work if you cannot see or get around? Disability is a problem in the world of work. And, with the age of the Internet, it is crucial to make digital documents accessible to the disabled. This is the work of Sébastien Lopes, who is blind, and Aurélien Place, both employees of Ipedis and members of the e-accessibility association. Their work consists of making corporate PDF documents and websites accessible. In exchange: the e-free accessibility label on all the documents and the creation of a media library to help the blind to access corporate information sources. Interview.
Fondation de France
“Dignity and independence are the Fondation de France‘s main preoccupations and are reflected in the programmes which we develop to promote diversity and fight all forms of discrimination. That is why, in order to favour access to information by all, we are committed to a Web accessibility approach.”
A.L., Director of Communication, Fondation de France.
“In the frame of our sustainable development approach, especially the fight against discrimination in recruitment procedures, and in order to promote diversity within companies, we are committed to a Web accessibility approach. Technology must not be an obstacle to information.”
F. M., External Communication Manager, Bouygues Construction.
“Over the past sixteen years that the PDF format has existed, Adobe has constantly tried to simplify information exchanges between individuals. To that end, Adobe pays close attention to ensuring that the PDF format is a true accessibility standard for all users of the free Adobe Reader.”
L.L., Business Developer Acrobat, Adobe France.
“Loyal to its mutualist convictions, the GMF group is concerned by all issues concerning disability: within the company, where it encourages the recruitment of disabled employees, and through its contact with its policy holders, to whom it offers adapted products. Therefore, it aims to favour access to information through solutions such as e-accessibility.”
C.C., Marketing and Communication Department GMF.
“Nowadays, the Authority publishes, for people suffering from a visual deficiency, a PDF version of the first issue of its new periodical review, Les cahiers de l’ARCEP, devoted to the territory’s digital development. The accessibility of Les cahiers de l’ARCEP‘s 52 pages was validated by a blind person and required three weeks of work. This publication is now certified by the e-accessibility association and appears alongside publications by other leading groups (Sanofi-Aventis, Total, Crédit Agricole, Bouygues) in the media library of e-accessibility certified publications especially designed for the blind.”
ARCEP “press release”.
AG2R La Mondiale
“Digital accessibility: A major challenge for AG2R LA MONDIALE » For 50 years, the AG2R LA MONDIALE group has worked to improve the quality of life for all: prevention, health, savings, pensions, dependency, intergenerational relationships, etc. Access to information is a right and the integration of the disabled is a responsibility. Today and in the future, AG2R LA MONDIALE reaffirms this commitment by making the Internet accessible to all. Through a global civic approach, borne by the values of humanism and solidarity, AG2R LA MONDIALE has been deeply involved in the problems of digital accessibility for more than 9 years and has worked to drive back exclusion and differences. AG2R LA MONDIALE constantly tries to offer accessible websites to the greatest number by complying with W3C/WAI guidelines and standards and ensuring the conformity of PDF documents, such as its 2008 Annual Business and Corporate Responsibility Report. In 2010, AG2R LA MONDIALE will continue its work to ensure conformity by widening the scope of the applications made accessible to people suffering from visual and audio disabilities.”
AG2R La Mondale.
“The Malakoff Méderic group is committed to many initiatives designed to promote support for the autonomy of the disabled. One such initiative consists of making this report accessible to all so that, for the first time, visually-impaired people who use technical aids (voice synthesis, Braille terminal) are able to benefit from vocalisation of the written word”.
“SNCF‘s Annual Business and Ecomobility Report for 2008 is now accessible online for blind users. A first to be listened to… but there is still much work to be done. SNCF‘s annual report, the same as the website sncf.com for that matter, already offers an accessible version, a simplified HTML version which provides access for people equipped with low bandwidth or those suffering from a disability. But, it is just text and, when you cannot see… Knowing without seeing is now possible thanks to the voice synthesis system Jaws, which reads the content of the SNCF annual report out loud. This requires the processing of the initial PDF file in order to make it legible by the software, the writing of certain words phonetically and the commenting of graphs and other illustrations which speak for themselves when seen. An idea ahead of its time which SNCF has made a reality thanks to the help of Ipedis, a company specialising in digital content accessibility for the disabled. Because the Internet is a universal communication channel and because SNCF is committed to accessibility, something which is making headway in stations and on trains, and now coming to keyboards. How does it work? Just download the free software Jaws, open the PDF document and launch voice synthesis to listen to the 2008 Business and Ecomobility Report and find out everything you need to know about SNCF.”
“These reports are designed for all those interested in the progress made by HSBC in integrating the principles of Sustainable Development in its business, as well as in the management of its activities. The 2008 Sustainable Development reports in French are published in electronic format only. Furthermore, they are accessible to blind and partially-sighted people who are able to download the e-accessibility PDF format which is read with a voice synthesis system.”