With "Stanca Law" we mean a law of the Italian legal system that dates back to 2004 (GU n. 13 of 17 January 2004) focused on «Provisions to facilitate the access of disabled people to IT tools».
In particular, the Law and its technical annexes are mainly concentrated on the accessibility of IT services of the Public Administration, with the aim of breaking down the barriers that limit or prevent access to tools and digital content by the disabled.
The decree-law 16 July 2020, n. 76, containing urgent measures for simplification and digital innovation, converted into Law, with amendments on 11 September 2020, n. 120 extended the rules established for the Public Administration to specific private entities by introducing Article 3 1-bis which governs: "This law also applies to legal entities offering services to the public through websites or mobile applications, with average, in the last three years, exceeding five hundred million euros ".
The recipients of the regulation are required to comply with the provisions of Law 4/2004 by 28 2022 June.
WHAT MAKES A DIGITAL PRODUCT "ACCESSIBLE"
There is nothing to invent, just read the principles enunciated by the law, perhaps only slightly simplifying the bureaucratic language.
General principles for accessibility (from Art. 3-bis)
The services created using IT systems that have the following requirements are accessible:
- accessibility to the content of the service by the user
- usability of the information offered, characterized by:
- ease and simplicity of use, ensuring that the actions to be taken to obtain services and information are always uniform with each other,
- efficiency in use, ensuring the separation between the content, presentation and mode of operation of the interfaces, as well as the possibility of making information available through different sensory channels,
- effectiveness in use and responsiveness to user needs, ensuring that the actions to be taken to correctly obtain services and information are independent of the device used for access,
- satisfaction in use, ensuring access to the service and information without unjustified inconvenience or constraints for the user.
WHY WE FEEL INVOLVED
Given our size, the law would not impose any changes on us at the moment.
However, within us the theme ofaccessibility has been under study for some time, because offering digital applications for training we cannot fail to deal with this important inclusive aspect.
When we design our courses, our first concern is to provide a pleasant and useful experience for the person who will follow them.
La easy accessibility for all therefore, the sine qua non basis of all our digital training projects is already in the planning phase of the course.
Any new product that comes out of our production chain necessarily wants to be:
WHAT WE DO TO DEVELOP INCLUSIVE AND ACCESSIBLE COURSES FOR EVERYONE
In all new course releases, we are introducing two requirements by default that facilitate accessibility for all:
- SUBTITLING OF VIDEOS (also multilingual)
- ADJUSTING THE SIZE OF THE SUBTITLING CHARACTERS
Furthermore, upon request, we provide for the possibility of including the LIS TRANSLATION, Italian sign language.
Three functions that allow deaf, deaf and dumb subjects or those with severe hearing impairment, and visually impaired people to enjoy the courses in a complete and satisfactory way.
And we will not stop there, the internal debate on how to make our digital applications for training more accessible is constantly developing.