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Officials from the Paraguayan administration trained on implementing inclusive websites

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On 8 October, 32 members of different state bodies in charge of Paraguay’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) departments participated in an online training session on accessible websites organised by Bridging the Gap through its implementing agency in Paraguay, the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AECID).

The training focused on the presentation of the functionalities of a series of accessible web templates developed as part of a Bridging the Gap technical assistance for the Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies (MITIC) and the National Secretariat for the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SENADIS).

Thus, the participants received information about guidelines, documentation and examples of how to structure the content, including sizes, colours, correct use of labels and style recommendations to make the websites accessible.

These new web templates have been designed according to the international web accessibility standards WCAG 2.0. Thanks to them, the new web programming will offer several reading options, both in terms of the possibilities of dimensions and text contrast, as well as the description of its elements with alternative text so that they can be read by screen readers.

The website of the SENADIS will be the first to adopt these new formats and from there the templates will be made available to other public institutions for their progressive migration with these new functionalities.

The participants in this training, included within the framework of the technical assistance for MITIC and SENADIS, will be responsible for implementing, from the different ICT Departments, the new web templates that allow accessible navigation for all people, regardless of their disability.

This training, together with the technical assistance in web accessibility, represents a further step in the Bridging the Gap objective to strengthen the capacities of the Paraguayan State to make effective the access of all persons with disabilities to State information and services.