Fundación ONCE (ONCE Foundation for cooperation and social inclusion of persons with disabilities) is organising the 4th International Congress on Design, Research Networks, and Technology for All on June, 27 – 29, 2011 at the ONCE facilities, Paseo de la Habana, 208 P.C. 28036 Madrid, Spain.
General development in the Information Society makes Information and Communication Technologies more and more present in most aspects of citizens´ everyday lives. These technologies involve such a wide range of technology and scientific fields that misguided implementations are causing more than one digital divide, by being difficult to use, because of the lack of design criteria and because of incompatibility between devices, among other reasons.
People with functional limitations, caused either by disability or by ageing, are becoming an increasing segment of the population. Lack of awareness of these new technologies and difficulty in using them are also more and more important for these persons.
Another relevant matter is the progressive ageing of population in the technologically developed countries. Medical and scientific advances provide greater expectancy of life, but this is not joined an increase of life free of disability. Technology could provide the necessary supplement to obtain the greatest degree of autonomy for aged people, which is the wish of us all.
It may seem evident that these technologies can and must help everybody, especially those with functional limitations, both to carry out day-to-day tasks, and to be full members of our society, so that they can use their abilities to contribute to social development.
DRT4all International Congress is a window on the future opened today: its main goal is to know about latest advances in ICT supporting independent living of people with functional limitations, and to show how these can work together to give everybody an easier life and improve social integration for the elderly and people with disabilities.
DRT4all is above all a scientific conference where we hope to showcase different aspects of these technologies, with user experience as a key aspect, and a place where industry stakeholders are more than welcome. Public Administration bodies and its representative members, have a crucial role in the development of these technologies. Therefore they will also be part of this congress.
Antonio J. Ingelmo Sierra
+34 91 506 89 37