Trinity College’s Disability Service Wins Ireland’s eGovernment Award 2010

Posted on: 23 February 2010

Trinity College’s Disability Service won an eGovernment Award for its efforts to make the web accessible to disabled users.  Speaking about Trinity College’s award, Director of the College’s Disability Service, Declan Treanor, said: “Winning this award is an important step for College, as it shows we can make our primary information source, the web, accessible to all potential users”.

The Disability Service has recently started implementing a Board approved Accessible Information Policy and has worked closely with the Web Office in College to make the web more accessible.  The main aim of the accessible policy is to improve access to electronic resources for all.  The Disability Service won the accessible category award, one of eleven eGovernment awards. 

Declan Reilly, TCD Disability Officer, Mary Hanafin TD and Prof Barry McMullin, category judge.

The eGovernment Awards raise awareness and recognise the innovators, developers, forward thinkers and experts who are pioneering the changes happening in how the Irish Government delivers services to its citizens.  The Minister for Social and Family Affairs, Mary Hanafin, congratulated all of the winning organisations and said: “Your work has been vital in continuing the modernisation of our public services.  I want to acknowledge that, in the area of eGovernment, we have come a long way already and that we are right up there with our peers internationally.  In Government we are continually looking at how services are being delivered and how new approaches to improve the electronic delivery of information and services is central to our customers’ needs.”

Other category award winners included Bord Gáis Energy, the Health and Safety Authority, the Property Registration Authority and the National Concert Hall.  Further information on the Awards can be found on their website.