Navigating the New Landscape of Accessibility: What is The European Accessibility Act?

Good news, the European Accessibility Compliance Act is here and we'll be sharing tips to facilitate the process for all.

April 25, 2024
Jesse Wienholts, accessibility expert in NL giving a workshop on non-visual accessibility in our Inclusive Innovations in Utrecht

At Envision, we are steadfast in our commitment to enhancing accessibility for all, especially for individuals who are blind or have low vision. As leaders in this space, we closely monitor legislative changes that impact accessibility across the globe, such as the recent developments in the European Accessibility Act (EAA). This blog aims to provide an educational overview of the EAA's latest amendments and discuss their significance for accessibility.

Understanding the European Accessibility Act

The European Accessibility Act is a directive from the European Union that seeks to improve accessibility standards across its member states. This legislation is designed to harmonize the accessibility requirements for a range of products and services, thereby making them more accessible to people with disabilities, including older adults and those who are blind or have low vision.

Recent amendments approved by the European Parliament have expanded the scope of the EAA to cover new products and services, including payment terminals, e-book readers, and services offered by audiovisual media. Additionally, the built environment where these services are provided, such as transport infrastructure, must now adhere to set accessibility standards.

Implications for Businesses and Consumers

The EAA holds significant implications for businesses operating within the EU. Companies must now ensure that their products and services comply with these unified accessibility standards to cater to a broader audience and facilitate easier cross-border trading. This move is expected to create a more inclusive market environment where products and services are accessible to all consumers at competitive prices.

For consumers, especially those who rely on accessibility technologies, the EAA promises greater access to a wider range of products and services. This is a step forward in reducing barriers and enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities, aligning with Envision's mission to empower and include.

Envision's Role in Promoting Accessibility

As a pioneer in non-visual accessibility solutions, Envision continually develops products and tools that align with global accessibility standards. Our commitment goes beyond compliance; we strive to lead by example in the creation of innovative, user-friendly solutions that anticipate and exceed accessibility requirements. Learn more about the Envision App and the Envision Glasses.

Explore More on Non-Visual Accessibility

For those interested in diving deeper into the world of accessibility, especially non-visual accessibility, we invite you to read our detailed blog on non-visual accessibility tools and technologies. This piece provides valuable insights and tips for navigating everyday challenges without visual cues, embodying our commitment to fostering an inclusive world for everyone.

Read our detailed blog on non-visual accessibility in UX Design here.


The European Accessibility Act's recent amendments are a testament to the EU's commitment to creating an inclusive society for all its citizens. At Envision, we remain dedicated to supporting these initiatives by continuously innovating and providing solutions that not only meet but exceed these new standards. As we look forward to the broader implementation of the EAA in 2025, Envision will keep advocating for and contributing to a more accessible world.

For businesses, staying informed and prepared for these changes is crucial. As accessibility remains at the forefront of innovation, we are here to support you on your journey to become more accessible.

Stay tuned to our blog for more updates and insights into how to improve the accessibility of your app, website or service!

Read more about easy steps to improving the accessibility of your website here.