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IMPACT means Inclusive Method based on the Perception of Accessibility and Compliance Testing.
IMPACT is a strategic partnership of stakeholders from different fields addressing innovation in
higher education, with a focus on three European priorities: a) development of curricula to meet
labour market and societal needs, b) open education in the digital era and c) social inclusion.
IMPACT will create a skills card of the new professional profile(s) for the implementation of the EN
301 549 Accessibility Standard (OI1), will design a modular curriculum (IO2) and will develop
training materials as Open Educational Resources (IO3) for training professionals on how to apply
the EN 301 549 Accessibility Standard. The assessment through end users and prospective trainees
(students and trainers) will guarantee the quality of the resources and provide a repository of
assessment methods (IO4). In IO5, IMPACT will certify the new profile and the educational
components for both academic and vocational levels: ECTS/ECVETS. This will secure recognition at
EU level and the project's sustainability.
EN 301 549 Accessibility Standard enable disabled users to access to digital content. The need for
accessibility when accessing digital content has risen since the adoption of the Convention on the
Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the European Directives. They urge governments to implement
measures to ensure access to people with disabilities. Yet, the provision across Europe is uneven
and its quality uncontrolled. In 2015, a UN Committee carried out its first review of how the EU
complies with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). The
Committee found that the EU institutions needed to do more to meet their commitment to accessible
communication for persons with disabilities. In a Decision of the European Ombudsman (strategic
inquiry OI/6/2017/EA) on how the European Commission ensures that persons with disabilities can
access its websites from December 2018, states the need of a mandatory training on accessibility for
all staff members working on websites. At present most digital web content is not accessible, with no
clear or recognized professional status (EU project ACT 2015). The European Accessibility Standard
- EN 301 549 experts trained by IMPACT will have suitable skills to provide high-quality accessible
contents in different contexts: website, technologies and tools.
The training will prepare for three different working settings: face-to-face, online and by relay. This
opens new job opportunities for people with and without disabilities.

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