The Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme is now open for applications from September 28 until December 31, 2014.
All local enterprises and organizations including companies, non-governmental organizations, educational institutions and public sector organizations are welcome to join.
Now in its third year the recognition scheme, jointly organized by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) and the Equal Opportunities Commission, continues to laud enterprises and organizations for making their websites and mobile apps accessible to everyone, particularly persons with disabilities.
A spokesman for the OGCIO said, "The recognition scheme has been well received, with a sharp rise in the number of participating organizations in the past two years. In the last round, a total of 167 websites and mobile apps from 110 organizations were recognized, demonstrating the community's increasing commitment for driving web accessibility across the territory.
The awardees come from various sectors including transportation, media, banking, academia, commercial services, medical and non-governmental organizations."
Participating organizations will be given free assessment, training and advisory services to enhance the accessibility of their websites and mobile apps. Websites and mobile apps meeting the prescribed accreditation criteria will be given gold or silver awards and can display the award logo as recognition for their outstanding achievement in adopting barrier-free designs and contributing to a caring and inclusive society.
This year two new awards have been introduced, namely the Triple Gold Award for websites and the Designer Award for website/mobile app developers, to recognize organizations' continuous efforts in adopting web accessibility as well as the ingenious efforts of their technology partners in this regard.
In addition, online voting lasting for three weeks will be launched in March 2015 for the Most Favorite Websites and Mobile Apps among the Gold Awardees to raise public awareness.
The awards presentation ceremony will be held in April 2015.
Making a website accessible not only caters for the needs of different users, including persons with disabilities, but also boosts its search rankings and helps the organization reach a wider audience in the growing digital marketplace. "In addition, making a mobile app accessible is paramount as it enables persons with disabilities to get timely information anywhere and anytime, expand their social circle and integrate into society, thus living a more independent life," the spokesman added.
A briefing session will be organized on October 24 to inform interested organizations and developers on the details of the scheme and the web accessibility requirements. A series of technical workshops will be conducted from October to December to familiarize participants with technical skills and practical tips in making website/mobile app accessible.