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The AALIANCE initiative – “The European Ambient Assisted Living Innovation Alliance” – aims to coordinate the European AAL R&D community and to develop a common strategic vision for short-, mid- and long-term R&D approaches in the AAL context. An important step towards this aim is the release of the Ambient Assisted Living Roadmap for research and innovation which the project consortium has now published on its website.

The full document of 120 pages (including a foreword from Florin Lupescu, Director of Directorate ICT addressing Societal Challenges in DG Information Society and Media of the European Commission) provides an in-depth look into the future of AAL application areas, concepts and technologies until 2025.

The full Roadmap document is available now on the AALIANCE website.
Download: Roadmap (pdf)

Roadmap Evaluation Workshop on 22/23 September 2009 in Eindhoven
In order to present and discuss the roadmap to the AAL R&D community in Europe the AALIANCE consortium organises a validation workshop on the 22 and 23 of September at the High Tech Campus (Philips Facility) in Eindhoven. More information about the workshop and on how to participate can be found here.

The Centre of Excellence in Universal Design invites you to the launch of the Council of Europe report “Achieving full participation through Universal Design” (Main Conference Room, Custom House, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1. Thursday 1st October, 2009).

This launch is being held as part of Positive Ageing Week (Friday 25th September to Saturday 3rd October) and the UN International Day for Older Persons.

Universal Design is a strategy for making environments, products, information and communication technology and services accessible and usable by everyone – particularly people with disabilities, older people and people of different sizes.
This book outlines the European position on Universal Design, makes recommendations to government on its implementation and provides examples of good examples from around Europe.
A panel of experts will discuss the benefits and challenges of implementing Universal Design in a range of projects and situations.

Date: 9:30pm – 1:30pm. Thursday, 1st October, 2009.
Location: Main Conference Room, Custom House, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1.

Agenda:
09:15 –10:00am Welcome and opening
Minister John Gormley T.D. Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (TBC)
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Maire Hoctor, T.D., Minister of State with Responsibility for Older People, Department of Health and Children (TBC)
TBC, Chairperson, National Disability Authority
Angela Garabagiu, Council of Europe
10:00 – 10:45am “Achieving full participation through Universal Design”
Mr Jean-Marie Vanhove, Flemish Agency for disabled people, former Chair of the Committee of Experts on Universal Design
10:45- 11.00am Coffee break
International Perspectives and Good Examples
11.00am – 1:00pm
(TBC) “Norway: Universal Design as an overall strategy”
Olav Rand Bringa, Consultant, The Ministry of Children and Equality, Norway
(TBC) “Greece:” Constantine Stephanidis, Professor at the Department of Computer Science of the University of Crete
(TBC) “Spain: ”Cristina Rodríguez-Porrero, CEAPAT
(TBC) “USA: ”Peter Blanck, Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University
Spaces for this launch are strictly limited. RSVP to Linda Rowan at lbrowan@nda.ie, tel: +353 (0)1 608 0456 and include any dietary or access requirements

In the framework of the ImPaCT in Europe project, the conference “Breaking the barriers between Stakeholders: Bringing together service providers, policy makers and suppliers of Information & Communication Technology for People with Disabilities” will be organised in Nottingham (UK) on 21-22 September 2009.
A Snapshot Of What the Conference Will Cover:
– Technology has radically improved the quality of life for some people with Disabilities and is poised to change lives for many
– From blue-sky thinking to new products to meet needs
– The challenges that technology presents in financial terms, and the challenges that it creates in terms of values and ethics
– Technology does not recognise national boundaries – we can all learn a lot from other countries and cultures
– Exhibitions

Who Should Attend
– Providers of services to people with disabilities
– Commissioners of services for people with disabilities
– Developers of assistive technology and telecare
– Service users of assistive technology
– Senior practitioners in services to people with disabilities
– Academics involved in developing ICT for people with disabilities

The English flyer can be downloaded here.

Technosite is carrying out the European Commission Service Contract SMART 2008/0069 “Accessibbility of European Commission websites. Analysis of current status and recommendations for improvement by reference to relevant specifications, notably WCAG 2.0” which includes an open online survey that you can find in the next link.

The Commission is inviting citizens (with or without disabilities) to use this questionnaire to express their degree of satisfaction about the accessibility and user experience with European Commission websites they have used. The deadline is 6th of September 2009.

The e-inclusion Subgroup of the i2010 High Level Group held its 11th meeting in Limassol, Cyprus, on 7 and 8 April 2009. The meeting was well attended by delegates from 21 European countries as well as representatives of major user organisations and industry. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and form a consensus on future e-inclusion policy orientations. The ‘Limassol report’ produced as the result of the meeting will contribute to the preparations of the next European strategy on the information society, to succeed the i2010 initiative. In the conclusions of the report, the e-inclusion Subgroup recommends that the European Commission and European Member States, together with other European Institutions, continue working together and intensify efforts in e-inclusion in order to: Provide strategic leadership by ensuring digital inclusion is a cornerstone of future European information society policy; Review the vision and goals set out in the Riga Declaration; Mainstream digital inclusion into key policy areas, such as education, economic recovery strategy, social cohesion, and health/social care; Consider the proposals and suggestions made in the Limassol report when shaping future programmes and investments at European and national levels.
More info about the report.