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The FCC (Federal Communications Commission – USA) released “A Giant Leap and a Big Deal: Delivering on the Promise of Equal Access to Broadband for People with Disabilities“. It is the second paper in a series of working papers that are being released in conjunction with the USA’s National Broadband Plan, and it is the first time the Commission has issued a working paper addressing accessibility and technology issues.
References are being made to EU backed initiatives such as the ÆGIS and Reach112 projects.

On Saturday 15th May 2010 (1pm to 5pm); the Digital Inclusion information and recruitment event will be organised at Middlesex University, Hendon Campus, UK. Attendance is free.
The program will include:

  • How can we help to maximise accessibility to mainstream products? The `Raising the Floor Initiative’ is an international challenge which aims to put the Web within reach of all those with disability, literacy, or aging related barriers, regardless of their economic status. What is the UK response?
  • A taster session from the MSc/PGDip Digital Inclusion.
  • An opportunity to network with other Digital Inclusion Professionals.
  • The chance to meet the MSc/PGDip Digital Inclusion teaching staff.

Please email G.Whitney@mdx.ac.uk to confirm a place
For further details of other events and more information about the MSc Digital Inclusion: see http://ksuzette.wordpress.com/.

On Thursday 1st July and Friday 2nd July 2010 (10am to 5pm), Middlesex University (Trent Park Campus) also organises the “Teaching Design for All in ICT Summer School” course (cost: £175). This course will help academic educators to develop awareness of the social and ethical issues of designing accessible information services and technologies. It will include practical exercises which can be embedded into the curriculum for HE and FE students in computing, web design, engineering, design and assistive technologies.
Please email G.Whitney@mdx.ac.uk to confirm a place

Finally, Middlesex University also invites you apply for a MSc/diploma Digital Inclusion (October 2010, part-time over 2 years). This is organised at the Middlesex University, UK (Hendon Campus). If you are working in ICT development or web design and want to know more about inclusion and accessibility, then this could be of interest to you. Modules on the MSc Digital Inclusion introduce the rights of disabled people, the social and ethical issues, and the impact of the ageing demographics. They will look at policy and legislation, web accessibility and inclusive design and user experience. Each module starts with one-week of face to face teaching and is completed through a series of assignments with distance learning, supported by electronic communication. Masters students take four modules and a Digital Inclusion project. PG Dip must pass the four modules.
Please email G.Whitney@mdx.ac.uk for further information or see www.mdx.ac.uk/digitalinclusion.

Autonomia Expo 2010 banner

Autonomia Expo 2010 banner

Autonomia EXPO 2010 s taking place on the 28, 29 and 30 of May 2010 and is organized by DISABILITY NOW at the “PERISTERI EXHIBITION CENTER”. Covering thousands of square metres, Autonomia EXPO constitutes the largest exhibition of products and services for disability, health, rehabilitation, special education, technology and independent living in Greece, also attracting participation from European providers. It also encompasses disability seminars and cultural events. In reality, it is a celebration of disability as difference in living terms, of accessible ways of living, of aesthetics and culture. Its opening last year had an unprecedented attendance of people with disabilities as well as other stakeholders in the field of disability. The success of Autonomia EXPO lies in remaining closest and responding to consumer needs and demands which exceed stereotypes of disability, and in bringing together people with a common view of an active and achieving disability.
Entrance is free.
More information on the event website.

This Consultation meeting brought together experts from all over Europe. The objective was to provide strategic guidance for future topics for the ICT Policy Support Programme in the field of ICT & Ageing for 2011 and beyond. The outcome will be used as input for the preparation of future calls for proposals. Topics under the ICT Policy Support Programme were discussed, in particular demand driven pilot projects related to independent living of elderly people: Fall prediction, prevention and protection of elderly people; Enhanced mobility of elderly people. The meeting was organised back to back with a consultation meeting on the AAL Joint programme.
More information here.

The Ambient Assisted Living Forum (AAL Forum) 2010 will be held at the Odense Congress Centre in Denmark on September 15-17th 2010. The AAL Forum 2010 is the result of collaboration between the City of Odense, the Region of Southern Denmark, the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the AAL Joint Programme.
This year the AAL Forum focuses on presenting innovative solutions to tackle the challenges inherent to our ageing societies. It aims to provide a platform for all stakeholders – investors, researchers, policy makers, industry providers and end-users – to discuss smart solutions for a improved quality of life in later years.
More information at the event website.

On March 17, the U.S. Access Board released for public comment a draft of the the “Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines.” The released draft includes proposed revisions to various performance criteria and technical specifications that are designed to improve accessibility, add clarity to facilitate compliance, address market trends, and promote harmonization with other guidelines and standards. Products and technologies covered by this rulemaking include telephones and cell phones and other telecommunication products, computer hardware and software, websites, media players, electronic documents, and PDAs, among others. Access is addressed for various disabilities, including those that are sensory, physical, or speech-related in nature. As part of this rulemaking, the Board proposes to supplement its ADA Accessibility Guidelines, which cover access to facilities, to broaden coverage to include certain types of interactive transaction machines such as point-of-sales machines and self-service kiosks.
More information at the U.S. Access Board website.