20. How do I write an accessibility statement?
The European Commission published an implementing decision setting out a model accessibility statement for the Web Accessibility Directive.
The declarations made in this statement should be accurate and based on one of the following:
- an actual evaluation of the website's or mobile application's compliance with the requirements of the Directive, such as a self-assessment done by the public sector body or an assessment carried out by a third party, for example a certification
- any other measures, as deemed appropriate by the Member States, which provide equal assurance that the declarations made in the statement are accurate.
The statement should indicate the method used.
The model accessibility statement is described in the annex of the implementing decision. It includes mandatory content requirements and optional content.
The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) has more information about accessibility statements and why they are helpful, as well as an accessibility statement generator.
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