Dan Frost

The European Accessibility Act (EAA) 2025 is approaching, and it represents a significant update for digital inclusivity. With an enactment date of June 2025, this legislation will require digital platforms, including websites, to be accessible to the wider community, particularly individuals with disabilities. 

For businesses within the EU, including UK-based charities and NGOs that engage with the European market, aligning with the EAA's standards will be essential. It’s unclear exactly how it will be enforced but based on the way Google are being pushed to enforce compliance on cookies, it may be that visibility in search is impacted as well as potential sanctions from other platforms or authorities. The focus of the act is on enhancing compatibility with assistive technologies and ensuring websites are navigable and understandable for all, in line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). 

As the 2025 deadline is not too far away, now is the time to evaluate the current accessibility level of your digital offerings. An accessibility audit is a practical first step, comparing your website against WCAG standards and identifying areas for improvement. 

Improving accessibility is not merely about meeting new regulations but also about fostering inclusivity and enhancing the user experience. An accessible website is integral for charities and NGOs, as it extends reach, fosters inclusivity, and demonstrates a commitment to all community members. 

At Adaptive, our expertise in Drupal development positions us as an ideal partner for organisations looking to ensure compliance and embrace digital inclusivity. We offer strategic consultation and development services tailored to the unique needs of the non-profit sector. 

For further information on preparing your website for the EAA 2025 or to enhance its accessibility, please contact Adaptive.