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The International Road Transport Union (IRU) and the European Disability Forum (EDF) have jointly developed an Accessibility Checklist including recommendations to help taxi drivers improve the quality of the services they provide to customers with disabilities and reduced mobility.
Based on the existing detailed voluntary IRU Guidelines, the checklist contains recommendations for taxi drivers offering services to people who are blind or partially sighted, including customers with assistance dogs, are hard of hearing or have speech impairments, have mobility impairments, including customers using wheelchairs or have hidden disabilities.
“In order to guarantee the equal right to transport for persons with disabilities, and their increased possibilities for participation and social inclusion, EDF also calls for future developments of taxi services to ensure they become increasingly accessible. In Europe, taxi services are the most important means for ensuring spontaneous transport for many persons with disabilities or reduced mobility,” highlighted Stig Langvad, EDF executive member and the chairman of the EDF transport expert group, in a joint IRU and EDF press release
The Taxi Accessibility checklist can be downloaded in English, French and German.
Read more on IRU taxi accessibility policy.
Source: AGE Platform newsletter April 2011

ACCESSIBLE has launched a dedicated page at SourceForge from where you can download all latest versions of the tools developed by the project:

The triggering idea behind ACCESSIBLE is to contribute for better accessibility for all citizens, to increase the use of standards, and to develop an assessment simulation environment (including a suite of accessibility analysing tools as well as developer-aid tools) to assess efficiently, easily and rapidly the accessibility and viability of software applications for all user groups.

Technology Works is a European conference that will examine the use of Person Centred Technology in the workplace. Technology Works will be held on 22 June 2011 in Cardiff Bay, Wales, UK.
Technology Works will explore the significance, issues and application of Person Centred Technology in employment and vocational training settings. The event will showcase good practice, highlight policy and practice issues in Wales and the UK and offer delegates the chance to share and discuss their experiences, and views.
For more information, check the event flyer and download the registration form.

As part of the “Monitoring eAccessibility” Study, an online survey is taking place. This study will provide an overview of the status and progress of eAccessibility-related policies and technologies in 12 selected European countries and three non-European countries. The topic of this survey is “eAccessibility”, in other words the ways that people with disabilities and others (such as older people) overcome the technical barriers and difficulties they experience when trying to participate on equal terms in the information society.
ICT is increasingly essential for daily life and work. ICT contributes to efficiency and quality of public services, business opportunities, workers’ productivity and overall competitiveness.
The opinion of organisations representing people with disabilities and users is very valuable for the aim of this study, and for that reason Technosite would kindly ask you to disseminate the participation in this survey throughout all your contacts and relevant organizations.
The results of this questionnaire will be compared with the data collected from ICT and policy experts in order to have the widest possible view of the current eAccessibility context. For this reason, it is really important that every organisation completes the relevant parts of the questionnaire, even if eAccessibility is not a core feature of their activities.
This questionnaire asks about the everyday eAccessibility experiences of end users and people with disabilities, and does not require any specific technical knowledge.
The information collected in the survey will be processed anonymously. It will be used to make comparisons between countries but not linked to any individual organisations, and will be used for non-commercial purposes.
To access to the questionnaire, please follow these easy steps:

  • Go to http://www.eaccessibility-monitoring.eu
  • In the section “National experts” in the bottom right hand corner, enter the following user and password.
    Name: User066
    Password: User066_01
  • Click on “Survey”
  • On the left side, click on “add” and after that, click on “Continue”.
  • From this point, you can now start to complete the questionnaire. It should not take you more than 10-15 minutes. Please, do not forget to click on “send” in the last page of the questionnaire to finish it correctly.

The questionnaire is divided into 20 topics. The first one, “About your Organisation” is to collect facts and figures about your organisation and is solely to collect statistical data. Each of the following 19 sections addresses a specific aspect of eAccessibility that falls within the scope of this study.
Each section has one or more questions regarding specific technologies or policy indicators in relation to a particular ICT domain. Not all questions / sections may be relevant to the user group(s) represented by your organisation or address your expertise. Wherever this is the case, you only need to tick the box provided below the question and move on to the next one. At the bottom of each question there is also an optional field in which you may add comments, suggestions or clarifications relating to that specific topic.
Should you have any questions or problems in completing the questionnaire do not hesitate to get in touch at any time. Please send an email explaining your question to users66@technosite.es. Technosite has also provided you with a glossary of the key terms used in the survey.
They would be very grateful if you could complete the questionnaire by May 8th 2011.

Partner CERTH/ITI of VERITAS FP7 project launched an open call for expert.

The VERITAS project is implementing specific methodologies and tools for Virtual User modelling based on sparse data collected via extensive literature research, guidelines analysis and measurement campaigns for collecting data from real users.

An open call for an expert has been launched for supporting the creation of the Virtual User model generator module of VERITAS. Expertise is required in the area of statistics and especially on the synthesis of stochastic models of Virtual Users based on sparse measurements.

The duration of this task is estimated to 10-12 months (starting on the 1st of June 2011) with a corresponding reimbursement of up to 18.000 €.

Interested experts are kindly requested to submit their detailed CV to the following email address: moustak@iti.gr.

The call for experts is open until 6 May 2011.

The WAI-ARIA enabled plugins developed so far (jQuery, Fluid, MooTools) in the context of AEGIS have been uploaded to the official WordPress repository. A list of the 19 plugins can be found there.
They consist of:
JQuery Accessible Tooltip
JQuery Accessible Tooltip is a WAI-ARIA Enabled Tooltip Plugin for WordPress.
JQuery Accessible Tabs
JQuery Accessible Accordion is a WAI-ARIA Enabled Tabs Plugin for WordPress.
JQuery Accessible Slider
JQuery Accessible Slider is a WAI-ARIA Enabled Slider Plugin for WordPress.
JQuery Accessible Progressbar
JQuery Accessible Progressbar is a WAI-ARIA Enabled Progressbar Plugin for WordPress.
JQuery Accessible Menu
JQuery Accessible Menu is a WAI-ARIA Enabled Menu Plugin for WordPress.
JQuery Accessible Dialog
JQuery Accessible Dialog is a WAI-ARIA Enabled Dialog Plugin for WordPress.
MooTools Accessible Tooltip
MooTools Accessible Tooltip is a WAI-ARIA Enabled Tooltip Plugin for WordPress.
MooTools Accessible Tabpanel
MooTools Accessible Tabpanel is a WAI-ARIA Enabled Tabpanel Plugin for WordPress.
MooTools Accessible Accordion
MooTools Accessible Accordion is a WAI-ARIA Enabled Accordion Plugin for WordPress.
Fluid Accessible Progressbar
Fluid Accessible Progressbar is a WAI-ARIA Enabled Progressbar Plugin for WordPress.
Fluid Accessible Sorting Portlet
Fluid Accessible Sorting Portlet is a WAI-ARIA Enabled Sorting Portlet Plugin for WordPress.
Fluid Accessible Sorting Grid
Fluid Accessible Sorting Grid is a WAI-ARIA Enabled Sorting Grid Plugin for WordPress.
JQuery Accessible Tree
JQuery Accessible Tree is a WAI-ARIA Enabled Tree Plugin for WordPress.
JQuery Accessible Checkbox
JQuery Accessible Checkbox is a WAI-ARIA Enabled Checkbox Plugin for WordPress.
JQuery Accessible Carousel
JQuery Accessible Carousel is a WAI-ARIA Enabled Carousel Plugin for WordPress.
JQuery Accessible Button
JQuery Accessible Button is a WAI-ARIA Enabled Button Plugin for WordPress.
JQuery Accessible Autocomplete
JQuery Accessible Autocomplete is a WAI-ARIA Enabled Autocomplete Plugin for WordPress.
JQuery Accessible Accordion
JQuery Accessible Accordion is a WAI-ARIA Enabled Accordion Plugin for WordPress.
Fluid Accessible Sorting List
Fluid Accessible Sorting List is a WAI-ARIA Enabled Sorting List Plugin for WordPress.