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The poor often pay more …

  • For food: Since they need to shop in nearby stores where prices are often higher.
  • For housing: Due to the lack of social homes, people with low income are forced to move into privately rented accommodation where they pay too much for a house of poor quality.
  • For energy: Since they often live in houses that are less energy-friendly or because they cannot afford energy-saving investments
  • For health care: Social determinants show a link between poverty and inferior health as a doctor’s consult is often postponed for cost reasons.
  • For loans: Since the less creditworthy pay higher interest rates. Provided they qualify for a loan,…
  • etc.

Community Service Engineering believes engineers and their analytical skills could contribute significantly to breaking the vicious cycle of poverty.

We go into this topic at the third conference in the pre-programme of Community Service Engineering.

More information on this webpage or in our folder.

Participation is free. Registration can be done via this link.

This is the schedule for Thursday 4th of September:

  • 18.30 h: Registration
  • 19.00 h: Word of Welcome – prof. dr. ir. Bart Vanrumste (KU Leuven) – Community Service Engineering
  • 19.10 h: Poverty: a multidimensional problem and policy challenge – prof. dr. Frank Vandenbroucke (KU Leuven)
  • 19.50 h: A view by an expert in the field of ‘Poverty’ – Henk Van Hootegem (Interfederal Support Centre for Poverty Reduction)
  • 20.30 h: Case 1 : Sustainable energy for families in poverty – prof.dr.ir. Griet Verbeeck (UHasselt)
  • 20.50 h: Case 2 : Web application REMI may allow uniformity in additional financial allowances – dr. Bérénice Storms (Thomas More – Cebud)
  • 21.10 h: Round table discussion in the auditorium

You are expected at 18.30 in the Auditorium Oude Molen, Kasteelpark Arenberg 50, 3001 Heverlee. We hope to meet you there!

Best regards,

Inge Vervoort

Project Director Community Service Engineering

cse@kuleuven.be

Please join us:

You can find all presentations and pictures of the first two conferences:

  1. Conference on the topic of ‘Ageing’ that took place on April 3th via this link.
  2. Conference on the topic of ‘Living with a disability’ that took place on May 21th via this link.

Community Service Engineering (CSE) is a continuing education curriculum of KU Leuven that lasts for 8 months (October 2014 – May 2015) for graduated engineers (or nearly graduated engineering students that only still need to finish their master’s thesis).More information on the CSE curriculum:

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need more information.

The Interdisciplinary Symposium “Social Competence, Creativity and Wellbeing” will be held from 03.06. to 05.06.2015 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. It is an event organized to facilitate the international dialogue between researchers, academics, experts and practitioners coming from different fields. It will give opportunities for presenting scientific discoveries, innovative decisions, new approaches and successful practices in developing social competences, creativity and in improving the wellbeing of adolescents, youth and people with disabilities.

The main goal of the ISSCCW is to promote the understanding of the social competence, the creativity and the wellbeing while taking into account its relation with the modern learning and training technologies.

The ISSCCW is organised by the University of Plovdiv “Paisii Hilendarski”.

The venue: the ISSCCW will take place in the Park-hotel “Saint Petersburg” in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

The program topics: 

  • Creativity, innovative technologies and the social challenges of youth and people with disabilities.
  • Developing the social competences of youth and people with disabilities, with the usage of modern learning and training technologies.

ISSCCW program events:

  • Keynotes;
  • Plenary Sessions;
  • Expert Panels;
  • Poster Presentations;
  • Round Tables;
  • Exhibitions.

The presented materials will be published in a special ISSCCW edition.

For further information visit the Symposium web-site http://issccw.academy:2096.

First announcement ENTELIS SEMINAR: Supporting the development of digital skills of persons with disabilities of all ages - Policies, strategies and tools
26-27 November 2014 – Bologna Italy

The digital divide is a fact. Many people with disabilities do not participate, or experience difficulties in fully participating, in the digital society. There are many factors that contribute to this situation, ranging from environmental factors (physical and cultural barriers) to person-related factors, such as lack of training or unfamiliarity with technology. The ENTELIS network aims to reduce the digital divide by fostering exchange of information and good practice, by networking all relevant stakeholders and by contributing to policy development. The seminar will address the entire range of factors within a holistic perspective. However, in investigating possible solutions, it will particularly focus on person-related factors: it will explore how actions and measures aimed at the person’s empowerment and digital skills development can improve participation and freedom of choice in the digital society.

The pre-Seminar event (Wednesday 26 afternoon) will be targeted to the public-at-large, including policy-makers, journalists, non-governmental organisations, self-advocacy groups. Participation is free of charge. Registration is encouraged.

The Seminar (Thursday 27, full day) will be mainly targeted to education and rehabilitation professionals, service providers, researchers and experts in information technology and assistive technology. It will include keynote speeches, selected contributions from the participants and parallel working groups. It will be organised in such a way to promote the maximum amount of information exchange, reciprocal learning, networking and project incubation.

Fee: 150 Euro. Free of charge for ENTELIS partners and for members of AAATE, EASPD and EVBB. Registration is required.

Call for presentations (abstracts), programme and registration information: www.entelis.net

The seminar is held in the framework of the thematic event: (Assistive) technology as a Human Rights Enabler Bologna 26-29 November 2014

Open call for contributions to the ENTELIS seminar programme (pdf)

We received this request:

Reading from e-documents like journals, books, articles, the text content is now accessible using various assistive technologies like screen reader, magnifier & Braille display. But the visual content like image or graphs or drawing are not yet fully accessible. Some tools and technologies have been introduced in this regard in the literature. But any context related, generalized solution is still missing.

This survey is designed to collect facts about the accessibility of visual elements present in e-format of document. Survey form is having few basic questions based on the objective. It will take just 5-10 minutes to fill the form and submission.

The target participant is any person accessing e-content using assistive technology or people who have such kind of requirement like learning disabled and persons working in the area.The form is accessible through the screen reader like Orca for visually impaired participants.

I request you to participate in the survey and help to decide the right path ahead.
Please forward this to as many as whom you find related with.
Thanks a lot and feel free to give your feedback.

Best regards
Leena Chourey
India

To fill it out, visit:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1wKfVq-6eFKBwEBhjqSw5j8426Lb-ANRw55LPFHP5QG4/viewform?c=0&w=1&usp=mail_form_link

INVITATION to Final Conference

T-EST – Transfer of Employment
Support Tools for People with Disabilities
September 19th, 2014
Wyndham İzmir Özdilek Hotel
İzmir, Turkey

T-EST project logo

T-EST project logo

Jugend am Werk Steiermark together with T-EST project partnership is pleased to invite you to the international conference on the employment of people with disabilities in İzmir, Turkey on September 19th, 2014. The conference is organized as a final event of a Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation Project titled ‘Transfer of Employment Support Tools for People with Disabilities T-EST’ (LLP-LDV-TOI-12-AT-0011). The Project is supported by Austrian National Agency under the Lifelong Learning Programme of the EU.

The conference will focus on the Supported Employment Tool developed by EUSE and its transfer to the partner countries Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey. Project partners will discuss implementation process of supported employment in their countries. The conference will provide opportunities for the different stakeholders to exchange experiences.

We are looking forward to meeting you in İzmir!

PRACTICAL INFORMATION:

  • Date: September 19th, 2014
  • Venue: Wyndham İzmir Özdilek Hotel, İnciraltı Street No 67, Balçova, İzmir, 35340 TURKEY, Tel: +90 23 22921300, www.wyndhamizmir.com
  • Conference Language: English- Turkish
  • Registration: please send an e-mail to kalemguldan@gmail.com with a “Subject: T-EST Conference” stating your full name, institution and your contact details. The registration for the conference is open till September 1st, 2014. The registered participants of the conference will receive an e-mail concerning the practical arrangements before the event.
  • Participation fee: Participation to conference is FREE.
  • Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by participants. In order to benefit from special conference rate at Wyndham İzmir Özdilek Hotel please send an e-mail to Ms. Emel ŞENOL emel.senol@wyndhamizmir.com with a “Subject: T-EST Conference” indicating your accommodation preferences. Your booking will be confirmed based on availability.
  • Price per room/night: Single 200 TRY, Double 235 TRY
  • Contact Details: Güldan Kalem, kalemguldan@gmail.com, Tel: +90 232 445 8313

More information will be available on the project website: www.t-est.eu

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M-Care logo

M-Care (Mobile Training for Home and Health Caregiver For People with Disabilities and Older People – http://mcare-project.eu/) has just released its pan-European survey among current or potential personal care givers (PCGs) in Turkey, Bulgaria, Belgium, Germany and Greece. In addition, they also contact people with disabilities (PwD), older people, family members of PwD, policy makers, training/VET centres and care centres in order to:

  • identify the needs of the project’s end-users (personal caregivers for people with disabilities and/or older people) and beneficiaries (PwD, older people, family members, stakeholders).
  • obtain a good perception of the need for adjustments in existing PCG training practices to enable the trainees (users) and beneficiaries to achieve personal accomplishment and satisfaction.
  • define a set of learning activities appropriate to and usable across a range of identified user needs.
  • gain familiarity with the nature and potential value of adjustments in training methods and in learning strategies to meet the needs of end-users and beneficiaries.
  • identify and highlight similarities and differences between national contexts in the partner countries.

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This project (M-Care – 539913-LLP-1-2013-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP) has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.