The Clock is Ticking: How to Get Ready For the European Accessibility Act


Prepare your business for the June 2025 compliance deadline

The European Accessibility Act (EAA) marks the first time private-sector companies doing business in Europe have faced legally-binding accessibility legislation. Like GDPR, it applies to any company creating software, digital services and hardware that are sold or used in the EU, which means its impact will be global.

The deadline to comply with the EAA is June 28, 2025. While this may sound like a long time, companies need to start preparing now. The three-year timeframe was not chosen arbitrarily and reflects the complexity involved in implementing the new requirements. By way of comparison, companies were only given two years to prepare for GDPR — and everyone remembers how complex that turned out to be.

This webinar explains what digital product teams and decision makers must know about the EAA to move from risk to readiness. It will also cover how companies can move beyond mere conformance to design truly accessible digital products.

Register for this webinar to learn more about:

  • The difference between digital accessibility and inclusive design as they relate to legal compliance
  • Why you need to invest in digital accessibility and why it has to be now
  • What exactly organisations need to do by when, plus how compliance differs from conformance
  • How to get started and keep progressing in your digital accessibility journey


Julia Zacharias

Julia Zacharias

SVP EMEA of Customer Operations and Accessibility Practice LeadApplause

As SVP EMEA of Customer Operations, Julia oversees Solution Delivery, Testing Services, and Community Management in the EMEA region. In this role, she drives expansion, retention, operational excellence and continuous improvement in close alignment with Sales and Product. She also leads the European part of the global accessibility practice and helps clients create inclusive and legally compliant digital experiences for their end customers.

Julia has 15 years of experience leading large scale organizational transformations as a consultant at Kearney and project portfolio manager at Kion Group. She developed and led programs to drive operational excellence based on lean methods and enablement across all hierarchies, mainly for German 500 companies in the utilities, transportation and manufacturing sector. Earlier in her career, Julia worked as a public sector consultant focused on regional economic growth and industrial policy.

Julia holds a Master's Degree in Economics and Political Sciences from Freie Universität Berlin and has been a visiting student at Princeton University and Harvard University. She is a Certified Program Consultant for SAFe (Scaled Agile) and a Systemic Coach.

Antonio Ferreira

Antonio Ferreira

Founder of DEO Software and Accessibility Consulting 

As the founder of, Antonio has cemented his reputation as an expert in accessibility. With a master's degree in Telecommunications Engineering from the Polytechnic School of Madrid and the Université Catholique de Louvain, he brings a unique blend of technical and practical knowledge to the table.

Antonio boasts a decade of experience in the field of software development and is certified as a Department of Homeland Security Trusted Tester. Throughout his career, he has adeptly guided international teams in refining their coding, design and testing practices. Fluent in French, English, and Spanish, Antonio has fostered productive and effective multilingual collaborations.

Antonio's expertise in software development and accessibility has been sought after by globally renowned companies like Amadeus and Applause, where he played an instrumental part in enhancing accessibility for major clients across different sectors, helping them to provide inclusive digital experiences for their users.


Applause is the worldwide leader in crowdsourced digital quality testing. With testers available on-demand around the globe, Applause provides brands with a full suite of testing and feedback capabilities. This approach drastically improves testing coverage, eliminates the limitations of offshoring and traditional QA labs, and speeds up time-to-market.