BrailleNet is a non-profit organisation under the 1901 French non-profits act. It was registered in December 1997 and held its constitutive General Assembly in April 1998.
BrailleNet has individual and corporate members from universities, research bodies, companies and non-profit organisations. Their mission: to improve access for people with disabilities to culture, education, employment and civic life through research and the development of innovative digital solutions.
In accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, BrailleNet believes digital accessibility to be a necessity in our information society and a form of social justice. Not being able to access the internet or digital content and services leads to social, cultural, educational and professional exclusion. While the name BrailleNet refers to the tactile writing system used by people who are blind or visually impaired, the organisation is working for digital inclusion for all, regardless of the nature of the disability.
Digital accessibility is a powerful tool for increasing inclusion for people with disabilities. BrailleNet’s role is to promote best practice in the field so that accessibility is built into digital content, applications, information systems and web services, both in desktop and mobile environments. BrailleNet participates in international standardisation bodies who set accessibility requirements for the web and for digital books, including the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Digital Accessible Information SYstem (DAISY).
BrailleNet seeks to create partnerships with different stakeholders in order to develop shared projects and services. Much of BrailleNet’s work focuses on developing and raising awareness on the specific technical and methodological expertise that is needed to do this. This work benefits not only people with disabilities, but also institutions, non-profits and the public sector who are better equipped to deliver inclusive services.