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For a list of other demonstration days of AEGIS across Europe, go this overview page.

Beste,

Het AEGIS project dat ondersteunende (en gratis) software ontwikkelt voor PC, gsm en internet organiseert op 29 en 30 mei 2012, telkens vanaf 9.30u in de ochtend tot 17.30 in de avond demonstratiedagen in Leuven waarbij iedereen welkom is die interesse heeft. Dit gebeurt in samenwerking met de KULeuven en EPR (European platform for Rehabilitation).

De 29ste richten we ons vooral op toepassingen voor personen met visuele beperkingen, terwijl de 30ste de nadruk ligt op oplossingen voor personen met andere beperkingen.

Volgende toepassingen zullen echter op BEIDE dagen kunnen worden getoond:

Smartphone/Tablet
- Android Accessible Contact Manager and Phone Dialer: Functionaliteit vriendelijke toepassing, met tevens ondersteuning TTS.
- AEGIS Contact Manager for Java: Functionaliteit vriendelijke toepassing.
- Mobile Dasher (for Android and iPhone): Alternatieve manier van tekst input voor Android of iPhone smartphone.
- Tecla Access Keyboard: Alternatieve manier van tekst input voor Android smartphone of tablet.
- AEGIS Real Time Text: real time tekst versturen tussen 2 gsms (Symbian gebaseerd).
- Screen reader for Java mobile: screenreader voor Java gebaseerde gsm (nog niet zeker dat we dit op tijd kunnen tonen)
- CCF-SymbolDroid: Tekst naar symbolen, symbolen naar tekst (Android smartphone of tablet)

Internet toegankelijkheid via browser die wordt aangetoond via een reeks online functionaliteiten die met screenreaders kunnen worden bediend:
- Accessible Calendar
- Accessible Widgets for MooTools
- Accessibility Advisor
- CMS demonstrator
- LWUIT accessible components and themes

Desktop/PC/laptop
- CCF-SymbolWriter: Tekst naar symbolen, symbolen naar tekst
- Odt2Daisy: Odt documenten naar Daisy bestanden omzetten.
- odt2Braille: Odt documenten naar Braille bestanden omzetten.
- AccessODF: Toegankelijkheidschecker voor OpenOffice/LibreOffice
- Improved language files for eSpeak and training manual: verbeterde TTS teopassing, ook voor Nederlands uit België.

Belangrijk: wilt u dit ter plaatse zelf testen, dan is dit uiteraard mogelijk op verschillende apparaten die ter beschikking zullen staan. Maar als u uw eigen laptop meebrengt of Android/iPhone smartphone/tablet, dan kunnen we dit ook daarop ter plaatse installeren.

Plaats van afspraak: 122-01 SW Fac. Sociale Wetensch. – Alma2, Parkstraat 45, 3000 LEUVEN, Lokaalnummer: Raadzaal SW (SW 00.113).

Toegang is gratis en een broodjeslunch zal ter beschikking worden gesteld.

Wil je je alvast inschrijven, contacteer ons dan via aegis@epr.eu met aanduiding welke dag je zou komen, alsook of het in de voormiddag (9.30-12.30) of namiddag (13.30-17.30) zou zijn.

Hierbij de routebeschrijving voor de bus vanaf Leuven station:
- Bus 2 (normaal gezien op perron 6 – busperrons liggen rechts als je uit het station komt) Kessel-lo-Heverlee richting Heverlee nemen, tot aan de halte Heilig Hartkliniek (ongeveer 8 minuten). Van daar is het nog 5 minuten wandelen (ongeveer 400m) naar Parkstraat 45.
- Hierbij ook nog een link naar onze contactgegevens op de website, met o.a. routebeschrijving voor auto, en melding dat als je met de auto komt, we een parkeerplaats kunnen reserveren.

Tot dan!

Het AEGIS-team
Lieve, Mark, Karel

Mailing by AEGIS project

We would like to introduce you to our Open Accessibility Everywhere Group (OAEG) which you may reach at http://www.oaeg.eu/.

This is an effort that is taking place in the context of the AEGIS IP project, which is running its fourth and last year of life.

OAEG aims to collect and provide information on Open Source Accessibility in various ways, through mobility schemes, through its Open Source Accessibility Repository, through its Blog Aggregator and its Open Accessibility Framework linked to AEGIS semantics.

Feel free to go and visit our site and join our blog aggregator, search the solutions in the repository and upload your own one, comment our content and come back to us through our on-line forms in each section or directly at OAEG-RSVP@aegis-project.eu.

As AEGIS is approaching its end (end of August 2012), we hope this will be an opportunity for us all to be in communication with you and plan together our common future research roadmap.

Following videos we made at WSIS 2012, Geneva, Switzerland, give a good impressions of the work that is done on understanding and providing accessible education worldwide.

The first video features Jutta Treviranus (IDRC) on FLOE and Open Educational Resources at WSIS 2012.

The second video features Axel Leblois (Executive Director G3ict) on Lifelong Learning with Assistive Technologies at WSIS 2012.

We hope to publish some more videos in the next few days.

Interactive Technologies and Games: Education, Health and Disability 2012

Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham 23rd and 24th October 2012

Visit us at:
http://itag.gamecity.org/
http://www.facebook.com/iTAG.conf
http://twitter.com/#!/ITAG12

Call for papers:

The aim of the conference is to bring together academics and practitioners working with interactive technologies to explore and innovate within the areas of Education, Health and Disability. We have a particular focus on the use of gaming hardware and software to implement accessible solutions, interaction design using new input/output devices and the increasing impact of ubiquitous computing on our everyday well being.
The conference provides an excellent opportunity to showcase practice and to mainstream research ideas and outcomes. It introduces a wider audience to key findings and products from research and illustrates how practice feeds back into and informs research. The conference creates a forum for two-way communication between the academic and practitioner communities and particularly welcomes user led presentations and workshops.
The programme includes presentations of papers, workshops, and an exhibition space for demonstrations and posters. This event is held in partnership with GameCity – the World’s best-loved videogame festival (http://gamecity.org/) and delegates are welcome to attend all GameCity events including the opening drinks reception.

Scope:

As guidance to participants on scope of papers and activities we state that: ‘Education’ includes both compulsory and post-compulsory education; ‘Disability’ includes physical, sensory and cognitive impairment; and the impact of interactive technologies and games on health and well-being is also a focus of this conference. An emphasis is placed on practical applications and guides to where currently available training resources and tools can be found and used. A selection of papers will be published electronically in full, so presentations will be limited to 20 minutes for the key findings, including time for questions from the floor. It is hoped (as in previous years) that the best papers will be published in a special issue of a relevant academic journal.

Previous special issues have included:

  • Journal of Assistive Technologies – Volume 3 issue 2 June 2009 (ITAG 2008 selected papers)
  • Computers and Education – Volume 56, issue 1 (ITAG 2009 selected papers)
  • International Journal of Games Based Learning – in press (ITAG 2010 selected papers)
  • Journal of Assistive Technologies – Volume 6 issue 3 in development (ITAG 2011 selected papers)

Themes and topics:

The conference encourages multidisciplinary papers and examples of themes and topics include (but don’t let this restrict you):
Games Based Learning:

  • Social and collaborative aspects of games (e.g., educational aspects of Massively Multiplayer Online Games)
  • The efficacy of games based learning
  • Self authored content and personalisation in games
  • Learning theory, pedagogy and instructional design in games
  • Motivational aspects of games
  • Collaboration between Science and Art for more effective learning
  • Games to promote the inclusion (e.g., for offenders and people with disabilities, motivation of female gamers)

Game related Technologies:

  • Using contemporary games controllers to create new opportunities in health and rehabilitation applications (e.g., applications for Wii Fit, Kinect. Move).
  • Brain control interfaces to games
  • Pervasiveness and mobility of games
  • Location based services
  • Handheld learning in the classroom

Games for Health:

  • Serious games for clinical assessment (e.g. after stroke)
  • Serious games for rehabilitation and treatment (e.g. of phobias, ADHA, post-traumatic stress disorders, stroke)
  • ‘Modding’ for health
  • Art and music rehabilitation in 3D multisensory environments
  • Games for children in hospital
  • Games to increase physical activity in children

Accessibility and Design:

  • Open source accessibility
  • Participatory design
  • Design for all
  • Natural user interfaces
  • The representation and promotion of gender equality in games
  • Alternative input modalities to games for people with disabilities (e.g., brain, haptic and audio interfaces)
  • Access to interactive technologies for elderly people

Web based technologies:

  • Resources for interactive learning tools and environments, e.g. Flash, podcasts, simulations, mobile games, Web 2.0 tool etc.
  • The Internet as a communication medium ( e.g. for people with Asperger Syndrome).
  • Browser based games and linking into social media channels Submissions

Those wishing to present papers or hold a workshop should send abstracts, to a maximum of 500 words. For those hoping to exhibit or produce a poster, a 300-word abstract is required. The deadline for submissions is Friday1st June 2012 to be sent to: karen.krelle@ntu.ac.uk

Final copies of accepted papers are required by Friday 14th September 2012.
There is a conference fee of £150 for 2 days, and £80 for 1 day registration. This price includes your invitation to the Game City opening event, lunch, and morning and afternoon refreshments.

Accommodation and Travel Links: https://www.conferencebookings.co.uk/delegate/NCBITAGEHD2010
NottinghamCityTravel Link: http://www.nctx.co.uk/

Prizes Offered:

As in previous years prizes will be awarded!

  • Best Paper Award: £250
  • Best Student Paper award: £250
  • Best Student Poster: £150.

For a second year, the Vodafone Foundation in collaboration with AGE and the European Disability Forum (EDF) will launch the Smart Accessibility Awards. This contest aims to increase understanding of the needs and expectations of ageing and disabled users of smartphones by inviting developers to create innovative applications that are designed for all. Like in 2011 four applications that fill in the criteria of effectiveness, availability and affordability, user-friendliness, usability, accesssibility and design for all, will win a prize of 50.000 Euros each. The competition will be officially launched in Brussels on 30th May.

Date: Wednesday, 30 May
Venue: Hotel Sofitel Brussels Europe, Place Jourdan 1 – 1040 Brussels, Belgium
Time: 14.00hrs-16.00hrs
If you would like to join the launch please mail Cindy De Koninck.