Research project

WADcher - Web Accessibility Directive Decision Support Environment (DIT.AD009.071)

Thematic area

Engineering, ICT and technologies for energy and transportation

Project area

e-Health (DIT.AD009)

Structure responsible for the research project

Institute of information science and technologies "Alessandro Faedo" (ISTI)

Project manager

Phone number: +39 050 621 3066


One of the many challenges people with various degrees of disabilities face is their difficulties in accessing
mainstream products and services thus being excluded from benefiting from Web content and services on an equal
basis as people without disabilities. Marginalising people with disabilities on this level is a critical and problematic
issue, especially in today's "Information Society", where access to information should be equally available to all.
While these challenges have been identified (also by EC with the recently Web Accessibility Directive which was
entered into force on 22/12/2016), they have not been addressed yet efficiently.
In this context and building on ongoing tools and work, WADcher will research, develop and demonstrate an
innovative Decision Support Environment for large scale hybrid web accessibility assessment services. WADcher aims
to build a large scale infrastructure by integrating extended and enhanced existing web accessibility solutions, and
by also making them customizable to the needs of different stakeholders in EU member states.



Start date of activity



Web accessibility, web standards and recommendations, markup, ARIA, HTML5, CSS3, Mobile Web, observatory, public sector, business intelligence, data analytics, machine learning

Last update: 04/06/2023