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Odt2daisy and Odt2braille (both outcomes of the EC funded AEGIS FP7 project) have been included in Create&Convert, a package of open-source programs that can quickly translate electronic documents into an accessible alternative format. Create&Convert is devised by the JISC Regional Support Centre Scotland North & East. It helps educational institutions comply with the Equality Act 2010, which came into force on 1 October of this year.
The Create&Convert website includes a few videos that illustrate the process of creating an accessible document, exporting to DAISY and exporting to Braille. The OpenOffice version of Create&Convert (see “OpenWriter version”) can be downloaded for free and can be run from a USB pendrive.

The EU eAccess+ thematic network is developing a range of support systems for co-ordinating, supporting and improving the implementation of eAccessibility throughout Europe. The network has a special focus on three topics within eAccessibility (Web accessibility, Accessible convergent communications and accessible digital audio-visual systems, Self-service terminals (SSTs) and devices for banking and financial services, public transport, tourism and cultural heritage, e-government).

The network will involve all stakeholder groups (including legislators, regulators, policy makers, commissioners, owners and deployers of systems, developers of hardware and software, user organizations, researchers, accessibility and usability experts, educators), analyse the state of the art on eAccessibility, and analyse the obstacles and missing links hindering the uptake of eAccessibility

To address the current problems of improving eAccessibility, the network will develop online resources such as a website, wikis, and podcasts to address key eAccessibility topics, gather and review relevant information such as standards and guidelines, seek out examples of good practice and relevant case studies, and provide initial advice and links to appropriate more detailed advice services when needed.
More information on the project website.

Designer and developers, as well as people with disabilities and older people that will be the main users and beneficiaries of the VERITAS system, are invited to register for our forthcoming Pan-European User Forum on 29 November 2010 in Prague, Czech Republic. Members of the User Forum will in future also have the opportunity to apply for participation in testing of VERITAS services, and will be able to participate in project conferences at a reduced fee.

Equally, all relevant stakeholders are also welcome to our Pan-European Workshop on 30 November 2010 the day after where all interested parties will be able to join the debate.

Preliminary program

November 29 2010

  • 10:00 – 12:00 VERITAS SAB meeting
  • 13:30 – 17:00 User Forum
  • 13:30 – 17:00 VUMS clustering meeting (in parallel with User Forum)

November 30 2010 – 1st Pan-European VERITAS Workshop

  • 9:00 – 9:15 Welcome by the Dean of CVUT FEL
  • 9:15 – 9:30 Project overview (FhG)
  • 9:30 – 10:00 Technical Description (CERTH/ITI) – Models presentation, tools, architecture
  • 10:00 – 10:30 Examples from the developers (LMS/HS)
  • 10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:00 – 11:30 User requirements (MCA / LMS)
  • 11:30 – 12:00 Task analysis (MCA)
  • 12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break
  • 13:00 – 14:30 Abstract user models (UPM / UNITN / ITACA)
  • 14:30 – 15:00 Coffee break
  • 15:00 – 15:45 Use cases (CERTH / HIT) – Discussion & prioritization
  • 16:15 – 16:30 Invited speakers from cluster
  • 16:30 – 17:00 Wrap-up & Closing (FhG/CERTH/ITI)

To participate, please complete the registration form.

The workshop “Cognitive Support Technology For Older People” is organised jointly by the EU funded projects VitalMind and HERMES.
The older population is growing rapidly throughout the world. Whilst many older people have no substantial health problems, the majority tend to have mild but progressive deterioration in their cognitive abilities. However, a growing body of scientific research indicates that cognitive training and stimulating activities can maintain cognitive function in older people for a longer period of time, helping them remain cognitively healthy.
In this one-day workshop, we will explore the state of the art in cognitive support technology for older people. We will discuss how technology can help the elderly to preserve their quality of life, describing work which several research groups have done and are doing in the area of cognitive training and assisting technologies and outlining some of the challenges that lie ahead. The goal is to share best practice and to generate new conceptual frameworks for how to advance, promote and spread assisting technology research for older people.

The topics that will be covered are:

  • Universal access and assistive technology
  • Inclusive design for older people
  • Benefits of cognitive training systems in older adults
  • Drivers and barriers to the adoption of ICT by older people
  • Exploitation of cognitive support technology for older people

The workshop exhibition will showcase a range of innovative research and applications using interactive technologies.

When
15th December 2010
From 10 am to 5 pm

Where
Richard Hoggart Building
Lecture Theatre 309
Goldsmiths – University of London
Lewisham Way – SE14 6AF – London, UK

Registration details
The fee is £25 and includes all workshop materials and refreshments.
To register, please contact Andrea Miotto or Arjan Geven.

Download the full announcement.

GOET’s concrete aims and objectives are to support the acquisition and use of knowledge skills and qualifications to facilitate Basic Skills, Personal Development and Employment Preparation.

The GOET 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.

Game on Extra Time has been delivered by the Social Enterprise Greenhat Interactive and funded by the European Commission. The games were designed and developed by Nottingham Trent University, providing a range of talented multimedia developers.

The games are designed across multiple online formats and provide a personalised memory timeline, giving prompts throughout the day to remind the client of important things to do to prepare for leaving the house and throughout the working day.

As read in the AGE newsletter: In cooperation with the European Disability Forum, the European Commission has launched the Access City Award to grant the most accessible city in Europe and so promote the accessibility of the public space to all citizens, including people with disabilities. The award ceremony will be held in Brussels, during the International Day of Person with Disabilities on the 3 December 2010 The winning city will be dynamic and accessible for all, providing freedom and choice for residents and visitors at all levels of ability and mobility. Local city authorities could submit their application before 23 September 2010
Read more here.