Whether visual impairment, hearing loss, issues with mobility or cognitive functioning – according to official figures, around ten million people in Germany are living with a disability. To ensure that they too can use the IT applications of businesses and organisations without difficulties it is essential to design these applications accessibly.
Accessibility is of course especially important for the websites of special interest groups representing people with disabilities, such as the Saxony association for blind and visually impaired people, Blinden- und Sehbehindertenverband Sachsen e.V. (BSVS). The self-help organisation therefore entrusted the experts at T-Systems Multimedia Solutions with testing its website to identify accessibility issues. Our specialists reviewed the site's accessible implementation and helped resolve design questions; a number of problems were corrected. The external presentation of the BSVS is now considered pioneering, and offers its members easy access.
The experts at T-Systems Multimedia Solutions conducted extensive series of tests to initially analyse and evaluate the existing level of accessibility of bsv-sachsen.de. These tests included both practical checks, in which technical aids were used, and a theoretical review based on the criteria of the German accessibility directive Barrierefreie Informationstechnik-Verordnung (BITV 2.0). Testing also included analysing the causes of issues down to the programme code level. The results then formed the basis of specific and detailed recommendations and a subsequent consultation. This particular procedure sets the Test and Integration Center of T-Systems Multimedia Solutions apart as Germany's only accredited test centre for accessibility and ergonomics in the Internet industry.
Blinden- und Sehbehindertenverband Sachsen e.V., the Saxony association for blind and visually impaired people, is a self-help organisation and special interest group for blind and visually impaired people. It advocates for the professional and social interests of blind and visually impaired people and publicly presents their demands and wishes to decision-makers in politics, business, public administration and in the cultural sector. Based on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the association works to create an inclusive society in the Free State of Saxony.