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Assessing virtual accessibility: Swedish municipality websites for persons with disabilities
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities outlines the right of persons with disabilities to equal access to information. This paper builds on previous research on the international and national level and examines whether persons with disabilities have equal access to information online on the municipal level of government in Sweden. Also assessing the perception of municipality official’s view on the concept of accessibility, this thesis uses both qualitative and quantitative methods. Findings indicate that clear differences are present among municipalities and that article nine of the CRPD is not fully implemented on the municipal level in this aspect, but that no clear relationship between party control and web accessibility can be found. This paper concludes that further efforts needs to be put towards education and information towards the issue of online accessibility. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 63 p.
Keyword [en]
CRPD, Disability, Accessibility, Local Government, Digital Inequality, SDGs, Sweden
National Category
Political Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-275045OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-275045DiVA: diva2:898557
Subject / course
Political Science
Educational program
Master Programme in Politics and International Studies
2016-01-12, 15:20 (English)
Available from: 2016-01-29 Created: 2016-01-28 Last updated: 2016-01-29Bibliographically approved

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