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The recent adoption of WCAG 2.0, the ongoing work with the standardization mandate 376 on incorporating accessibility in public ICT procurements provide a new momentum for web accessibility. Expert meetings like the one which took place on 23 March 2009, where representatives of users and industry presented their views of what is required to achieve progress, are intended to provide the European Commission with advice on how to boost web accessibility in the EU Member States. This report from the expert meeting on web accessibility in Europe and the implementation of Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 can be downloaded here.
Source: Information Society Newsroom Update Weekly – 30/04/2009

The study, “Analysis of the Assistive Technologies Information and Communication Technologies (AT ICT) industry in Europe”, commissioned by the European Commission is now available here.
Source: Information Society Newsroom Update Weekly – 30/04/2009

3 out of 10 online over-50s in Belgium (374.000) belong to at least 1 social network. Facebook is the most popular social network in this target group: 47% know it and 14% are a member. Social networks are mainly used for private purposes and less so for professional purposes. For the latter, LinkedIn is the most popular network. Belgium and the Netherlands are trailing behind the UK as far as the awareness and membership of social networks is concerned amongst online over-50s. All this has become apparent in market research carried out by InSites Consulting regarding awareness and use of social networks in Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK.
“Our research clearly dispels the myth that social networks and interactive websites are used only by young people. Today Facebook is popular amongst our over-50s and this will be more so in the future. Many people in this target group realise very well that membership of a social network is necessary to communicate with young people and most simply really enjoy it,” according to Steven Van Belleghem, Managing Partner at InSites Consulting.
For more info, contact Steven on steven.vanbelleghem@insites.eu.
Source: Insites

The project ENEVA proposes a thematic action in the field of LLL initiatives toward persons with disabilities. It provides a valorisation of the results achieved in the framework of EU LLL programmes (Leonardo da Vinci, Socrates) by means of a strategy aimed to contact most important stakeholders involved in the integration processes at regional/national and European level. This strategy consists in promoting the results about the specific issue organising a kind of “logical framework” to help researchers as well as decision makers to analyse and compare solutions, experiences, methods and proposals.

Basically this work will be accessible via a devoted portal, conceived as a support service linked to the Commission databases: the aim is to gather well documented results (original documents, final reports..) in order to let them explored and exploited by the stakeholders. The stakeholders (main target group of this project) are intended in a largest meaning of this term: cause the innovation presented by each project would influence in a wide sense the social relationships around the person with disability, his/her expectations, the quality of the services and all the type of “barriers” each person is facing to participate to the society.
More information can be found on the project website.

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The GOET (Game On Extra Time) Project has been funded with support from the European Commission and will support people with learning disabilities in getting and keeping a job. It aims to help people learn, via games-based learning, to live more independently and to help them in their working day.
The project also wants to improve how subjects are taught by making them more interesting and enjoyable. It also supports an accessible approach to vocational skills training, and will be adapting and developing a range of games for computers and mobile telephones that are interactive, engaging and fun.
More information can be found on the project website.

The Country Report Wikies compiles up-to-date reports on how each member state is progressing towards the 2010 target for eInclusion. The report pages are currently protected. They can be read by everyone, but only editors can make changes. However the discussion areas are open to everyone and they invited all interested to comment on each page’s content, suggest links to useful resources or suggest additional material.