E-Accessibility Legislation and its application in Italy

La loi en faveur de l'accessibilité numérique en Italie et son application

Domenico Gargani
Ministro per l'Innovazione e le Tecnologie, Italy.


Speaker's information

Picture of Domenico GarganiDomenico GARGANI's mission at the Italian Ministry for Innovation and Technologies is primarily to monitor national and international topics in the fields of Innovation and Technology with a particular eye on the new technologies/regulations/laws related to the weak categories, and to report on it. Domenico GARGANI's also conducts researches and contributes upon request to the Minister's speeches.

Information sur l'auteur

Domenico GARGANI a une mission de veille technologique au Ministère Italien pour l'Innovation et les Technologies avec un suivi particuliers des technologies, des lois et régulations en faveur des populations fragilisées. Domenico GARGANI's mène aussi des recherches et contribue à l'élaboration des discours ministériels.

Short paper

The "Stanca Act", or the Italian Approach for favouring disabled access to ICTs

The "Stanca Act" - which derives its name from the name of the current Minister for Innovation and Technologies - was promoted by the latter in collaboration with the "Interministerial Commission on Development and Use of Information Technology at the Service of the Disadvantaged Categories". The works of the Commission, which was made up by a pool of stakeholders (relevant Ministers, Trade Associations such as software and hardware producers, Associations of the disabled, etc.), were carried out over a 3 year period - from 2001-2004. The Act draws on EU guidelines and international regulations.

In order to keep abreast with the rapid changes in the electronic technologies, the final version of the Law was made flexible and readily adaptable to foreseeable and non-foreseeable changes. The Act was approved unanimously by both Chambers in 2004.

The Law is both a cultural challenge as the scope of the problem is yet to be perceived, and a technological challenge: the Law should not only be applied to the Internet but to all communication and electronic systems.

The Stanca Act has a POSITIVE IMPACT both on:

Objectives of the Act (Article 1)

Scope of Application (Article 3)

The Law foresees obligations for the Public Administration in general (PA) and all subjects who provide public services, in particular:

The Law also aims at drawing up set of rules governing the criteria and requirements for guaranteeing accessibility. The guidelines intend to regulate both the operational and the organisational issues related to accessibility, as well as introducing the Usability Principle, defined in a similar way as ISO 9126-1 e ISO 9241-11 rules.

The Regulations were approved by the Council of Ministers on 25 February 2005 . All Italian PAs are now obliged to create/modify their websites in order to adapt them to the new accessibility norms within 12 months.

Ministerial Decree - Third Regulation Level

The Ministerial Decree, which will be issued by the Ministry for Innovation and Technology by end 2005, foresees in detail how to achieve the Law's objectives via a set of technical rules and requirements for different levels of accessibility, and an ex post technical evaluation of the websites' accessibility (final stage).

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