Digital Accessibility as a Step Towards Equal Access to Public Information

Contemporary reality requires that public institutions be accessible to all citizens, regardless of possible limitations or challenges that may result from disabilities. In response to these needs, the PSI Information System was created as an innovative solution that not only enables access to public information, but also ensures that this access is full, equal and non-discriminatory.

Program logo, city coat of arms and program name: Together We Change Przemyśl financed by the Norwegian Financial Mechanism for 2014 - 2021 under the Local Development Program

Infographic titled digital accessibility, with icons describing different types of digital limitations

The implementation of PSI is based on WCAG 2.1 standards (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines), which means that each element of this system has been adapted to the needs of people with various types of disabilities. This is a huge step forward in ensuring that public information is available to all citizens, regardless of their individual needs or limitations.

One of the key goals of PSI is to meet the expectations of municipal organizational units that, for various reasons, have not yet been able to provide full and equal access to public information. The implementation of this system is based on the regulations regarding the digital accessibility of websites and mobile applications, which are in force both in the European Union and in Poland. This is an important step towards standardization and compliance with international standards.

Analysis, consultations and cooperation with representatives of municipal units were key elements of the PSI implementation process. Thanks to this, it was possible to adapt the functionality of the system to the specific needs and expectations of users. Moreover, as part of this project, Municipal Digital Accessibility Standards were developed, which include guidelines for the preparation of websites and content. These standards aim to ensure that both websites and their content not only meet legal requirements, but are also tailored to the needs of users.

It is worth emphasizing that PSI not only enables access to public information, but also promotes the creation of digitally accessible websites among various entities, such as organizations, associations and companies. Information campaigns addressed to residents and promotional activities are aimed at increasing awareness of accessibility standards and encouraging others to implement them.

Additionally, PSI is an important source of data for the Open Data Portal, which further emphasizes the importance of this system as a tool supporting the transparency and openness of public information.

To sum up, PSI not only meets the expectations of the city's organizational units, but also becomes a step towards a more accessible information space for all citizens. Thanks to the use of WCAG 2.1 standards, this innovative system is part of global efforts to create a digital environment that is accessible to everyone, regardless of their individual needs or limitations.

Currently, the content from the existing websites of the city's organizational units is being migrated, but most of them are already available to you in the domains: www.przemysl.eu and all educational units in the domain: www.przemysl.edu.pl

The project titled PSI Information System is implemented as part of the project entitled "Together We Change Przemyśl" financed from external funds, 85% from the Norwegian Financial Mechanism for 2014-2021 and 15% from the state budget under the Local Development program.

List of sites that have already been launched after content migration:
Educational Units

Other municipal units

The remaining units are in the process of migrating the content of their websites, we will inform you in a separate message when they complete their work. We cordially invite you to visit our websites.

Published by: Witold Wołczyk Publication date: 15-11-2023 08:44 Modified by: Rafał Porada Modified date: 20-11-2023 10:57