Accessibility Labels

Accessible Document

The Code of Standards for Equal Rights for People with Disabilities(Service Accessibility Regulations) 2013has paved the way for provision of equal, acceptable and encompassing services for disabled persons who are an integral part of the general population of the State of Israel. These regulationsrefer to a number of standards which translate the requisites of the law into actual practice. The regulations and the standards relate to many and various factors that apply to the accessibility of buildings and services provided. A significant sector included in the aspects of accessibility as a whole that are governed by the regulations and standards relates directly or indirectly to the subject of communication and disseminationof information; from dialogue to thecommunication of verbal, written or environmental information that is not language dependent (Adaption of Accessibility to Services, 2013).

The standards relate to a number of central concepts that form the basis of communications and information accessibility. Among these is the requirement to simplify language in order that the information will beaccessibleboth textually andsemantically. Simplification of language is a process of adaption of content, phraseology and choice of words, as well attending to the outlay and design of written material, so that the contents will be well comprehended. The interweaving of graphic symbols and markers emphasizing the textual material is helpful in getting the message over more clearly.

The standards define situations where the provider of service is regularly obligated to display written information in language that is easily understood (and not necessarily as a response to a request from a disabled individual), for example, a sign including both text and, as far as possible, symbolic language, to indicate the availability of an automatic vending machine, or, similarly, a suitable sign posted in a hotel room that explains the operation of a certain fitment (for example, an automatic faucet). 

In addition, the standards define situations and locations where a disabled person is entitled to request that information available to the general public, whether verbally or in writing, will be communicated to him in such a way that it will allow him access to the information or to the services. He is accordingly entitled to choose from several options any of which will, in his opinion, assist him in gaining access to the material or service that interests him. One such option is a request that the information will be presented in simple language.

Remember! The presentation of information in simple wording makes it clear and easy to understand for most members of the public, including new immigrants, veteran citizens,children and others among which are  disabled persons and last but not least, those with cognitive disabilities.

1.    Document accessibility label

2.    Symbol accessibility label

3.    Why is it in my interests to make my documents accessible?

4.    Why should I have my documents bear an accessibility label?

5.    How can I apply for a document accessibility label?

6.    How can I apply for a symbol accessibility label?

For further information the staff of the Institute may be consulted (link to "contact us"onwebpage).

Document accessibility label

A Document Accessibility Labelis acertificationissued by the Cognitive AccessibilityInstitute verifying that this particular document has been checked and found to answer to the requirements of the Service Accessibility Regulations (2013)and of the relevant sections of the Israel Standards 1918 part 4 as being linguistically accessible.

If the information is required by the Code of Standards to be accessible, a document that qualifiesfor anaccessibility label willbear a description of the level of linguistic accessibility, namely, whether it is written in simple vocabulary or that there is linguistic simplification.

As long as no change is made in the document itself, the certification remains valid and does not need to be renewed.

Symbol accessibility label

A symbol accessibility label is a certification issued by the Cognitive AccessibilityInstitute that a particular symbol has been checked and found to answer to the requirements of the Service Accessibility Regulations (2013) regarding symbolization and of the relevant sections of the Israel Standards 1918 part 4 and also to international ISO standards (ISO 7001).

If the symbol is defined as accessible according to the Code of Standards,the regulations and standards will set down the requirements necessary in order that it can be called an accessible symbol.

It is important that the guidelines of the regulations and standards be adhered to in order that the information that is to be disseminated by the symbol be comprehended by the general public, including persons that have to cope with various disabilitiesamong which are cognitive disabilities and also visual impairment.

Why is it in my interests to make my documents accessible?

·         Accessible documents make for easy comminication of information and frequently facilitate comprehension by the general public.

·         According to the law, disabled persons are entitled to request that information will be imparted to him in simplified language. Once such a request has been submitted, the regulations allow only a limited time span for it to be fulfilled, and therefore it is preferable to be ready in advance.

·         Accessibility=consideration. If I take care that my documents are to be linguistically accessible, it means that I really want everyone to understand them.

 

Why should I have my documents or symbols bear an accessibility label?

·         A document bearing an accessibility labeland marked as being written in in simple vocabulary or withlinguistic simplification, allows the target public quick and easy access to documents and facilitate their use.

·         The accessibility label bears out that the compiler of the document really intends that his material will be comprehensible to everyone.

·         A number of organizations are required by law to make their documents accessible and hence they are obliged to present documents that have undergone a simplification procedure in accordance with administrative procedures (for example a business that is required to fulfill the regulations of linguistic accessibility must be certified by a qualified body supervising accessible services prior to receiving a license to operate).

·         A document that can be established as having beenprofessionallyprocessedin order to render it linguistically accessible and suitable for use by diabled persons will enjoy maximum comprehension by those who are using the service.

How can I apply for a document accessibility label?

Step 1 –Compilation of the document that is to meetthe linguistically accessibility requirements as defined by the Standards Code and regulations.

This can be accomplished in two ways:

         א.         Submission of request to professional language expert/institute (link to "contact us" on the Institute's website)

         ב.         Independent drafting of the document in accordance with the instructions provided in the guidebook for linguistic accessibility (link to "guidebook" on the website)

Step 2–Self-check.

In accordance with the checklist found in the guidebook (direct link to checklist page in the booklet)

Step 3–The material is sent to the Institute on Cognitive Accessibility.

The Institute will issue a price quote for examination of the document (prices depend on the length and complexity of the document).

Step 4–Feedback from the Cognitive AccessibilityInstitute

If the document fulfills all the required regulations, one can proceed directly to Step 5.

Step 5– Issue of document accessibility label (according to the type of accessibility that has been achieved).

 

Step 6 –Posting by the client of notices that he has received a Document Accessibility Label in all locations frequented by his target public.

 

How can I apply for a symbol accessibility label?

 

Step 1 –Design of the symbol that is required to be accessible as defined by the Standards Code and Regulations.

This can be accomplished in two ways:

         א.         Submission of request to professional language expert/institute (link to "contact us" on the Institute's website)

         ב.         Independent design of the symbol in accordance with standards and regulations.

Step 2–The material is sent to the Institute on Cognitive Accessibility.

The Institute will issue a price quote for examination of the symbol(s) (prices depend on the number of symbols and their complexity).

Step 3– Feedback from the Cognitive Accessibility Institute

If the symbol fulfills all the requirements, one can proceed directly to Step 4.

If improvements are necessary, the symbol will be returned to the client with relevant comments pointing out what corrections should be made.

Step 4– Issue of symbol accessibility label.

 

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Step 5–Posting by the client of notices that he has received a SymbolAccessibility Label in all locations frequented by his target public.