Barrier-free means accessibility for everyone
Barrier-free internet means that a website can be read and operated by all users. This includes technical aspects (browser, operating system, end device), as well as content aspects (comprehensibility, user-friendliness). In order to give everyone access to information, guidelines for accessible internet have been developed.
In Germany, this is regulated by the Equal Opportunities for People with Disabilities Act (BGG) with the corresponding regulation on the creation of barrier-free information technology (BITV 2.0): "The objective of this law is to eliminate and prevent disadvantages for disabled people, to enable equal participation in society, and to facilitate leading a self-determined life."
The National Anti Doping Agency Germany (NADA) sees its responsibility especially towards athletes who are registered as Paralympic or deaflympic athletes due to their disability. Therefore, digital information is just as essential for blind athletes as information in sign language is for deaf athletes.
NADA strives to ensure that its websites and mobile applications comply with the provisions of the Equal Opportunities for People with Disabilities Act (BGG), explicitly the regulation regarding the creation of barrier-free information technology according to the Equal Opportunities for People with Disabilities Act (Barrier-free Information Technology Ordinance - BITV 2.0) to implement the Directive (EU) 2016 / 2102 of the European Parliament and of the Council to make barrier-free content accessible.
In order to not stand in the way of the integration of all people, which is promoted by sport, NADA has started to design its websites so that they can be used by everyone. The implementation has not been completed and is being pursued continuously.
The following statement on accessibility applies to all NADA websites and mobile applications that are listed below:
State of compatibility with requirements
NADA’s main pages
NADA has started the implementation of a barrier-free online offering, but has not yet completed it on all of its websites at this point in time. NADA is continuously following the further implementation.
The following websites are therefore partially compatible with the provisions of the above-mentioned regulations:
Non or limited barrier-free content
NADA is aware that the previous practice of inserting subtitles for the deaf is not sufficient. Subtitles do not replace sign language, because not everyone who speaks sign language can read at the same level. Written language is a foreign language for the deaf. The reproduction of the acoustic information in written language, for example with subtitles, is suitable for people who are literate - this includes the hard of hearing and only some of the deaf.
Due to the present corporate design, compromises have to be made in terms of color contrasts. The texts and graphics on the main pages of NADA offer color contrasts in order to be recognizable and readable even with limited vision. However, these color contrasts are currently not completely sufficient in strength for all visual impairments.
There are deficits in the areas of headline hierarchies, color contrasts and valid HTML. These are in the process of being resolved. Some PDF documents / downloads that are created by external and internal bodies and can be accessed online on the NADA website are not barrier-free yet, but will be replaced by barrier-free versions in the future.
Not all images contain the correct alternative descriptions. If NADA takes note of this when editing texts and images, the alternative texts will be adjusted subsequently.
Further NADA websites and mobile applications
The following websites and mobile applications are not yet compatible with the requirements listed above. The websites and mobile applications listed below are not yet barrier-free.
- NADA app
NADA has only been subject to the implementation requirements since 2020 and has been implementing the regulations step by step since then. The NADA app is currently being revised so that it will also contain barrier-free content in the future.
The following website will not be designed to be barrier-free due to the reproduction of cultural heritage collections and the associated authenticity and legal position:
Method of evaluation
According to the above-mentioned requirements, a certification of NADA websites and mobile applications is required once a year.
For a barrier-free Internet: BITV test
With the BITV test, one subjects oneself to a reliable and comprehensive examination of the accessibility of information-oriented web offers. With a result of 96 out of 100 points, the NADA website gemeinsam-gegen-doping.de is described as "very accessible".
Click here for the BITV test on the website www.gemeinsam-gegen-doping.de, test report by third parties from 2017
According to the guidelines described above, an annual self-assessment of the websites and mobile applications is also possible. The self-assessment is one of three forms of the BITV test. It cannot be treated as equal to the independent examination by a BIK counseling center. In 2020, NADA carried out the self-assessment for its websites www.nada.de, www.gemeinsam-gegen-doping.de, and www.alles-geben-nichts-nehmen.de.
NADA is currently revising the website and is working on improving accessibility. After the adjustments have been made, the website will be subjected to a test. As soon as the test results are available, they will be published here.
Feedback and contact details
In order to report existing barriers and deficiencies and to improve NADA's website and mobile offers, NADA offers the following contact options.
Responsible for the implementation of accessibility is the communication and marketing department of NADA for the following websites and applications and is available as a contact person:
Furthermore, the Prevention department of NADA is responsible for the following websites and applications and can be contacted:
For disputes and unsatisfactory answers in the context of barrier-free implementation of NADA's websites and mobile applications, an arbitration board for the out-of-court settlement of disputes has been set up by the Federal Government Commissioner for the Issues of People with Disabilities.
The arbitration board can be reached under the following contact details:
Schlichtungsstelle nach dem Behindertengleichstellungsgesetz
bei dem Beauftragten der Bundesregierung für die Belange von Menschen mit Behinderungen
Telefon: +49 - (0) 30 18 527-2805
Fax: +49 -(0) 30 18 527-2901
The declaration on accessibility was created on September 5th, 2020.