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The goal of AEMA is to develop an accessibility framework, which is intended to be a comprehensive and holistic system to assess and document accessibility of Adult Education Providers. A substantial outcome to achieve this is through the development of a ‘maturity matrix’, an organisational assessment tool which identifies ascending levels of achievement.

Five domains to be used in the matrix have been identified as areas which impact on disabled people in participating fully in adult education: Attitudinal, Environmental, Information and Public Relations, Technical and Didactical.

A preliminary search of national and European projects was carried out by the AEMA Network partners to establish current standards and guidelines. The focus groups aimed to identify what is working well for disabled people which may be disseminated to other services, as well as the barriers to adult education and what needs to change to improve opportunities for disabled people to participate in adult education.

The document below is a summary of the outcomes of the focus groups and desk research led by the AEMA Network partners.

2015 INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON ACCESSIBLE INFORMATION – 2-4 September 2015 – Manisa/TURKEY

The “International Congress on Accessible Information” will be held by Turkish Platform on Accessible Information and hosted by Celal Bayar University between 2 and 4 September 2015 in Manisa/Turkey. The secretarial works of the Congress will be conducted by Celal Bayar University (Secretariat of Turkish Platform of Accessible Information). Numerous organizations, particularly the governmental institutions have cooperated with us in organization of the Congress. Cooperation interviews with some other institutions are currently in progress.

We anticipate that the congress will attract considerable attention and active participation of national and foreign representatives, experts or academicians from various ICT Firms, governmental institutions, civil society organizations, disability centers of universities.

The Congress is of vital importance due to the fact that it will provide a platform and for ICT companies to reach their technology products or services to their target groups and for academicians, researchers or representatives of various organizations to exchange their experiences; to discuss the current situation and the existing challenges or to draft a plan of action for the tasks to be carried out in the field of information services designed for persons with disabilities.

Your participation to this significant event will certainly contribute a lot to reaching its objectives. We hope that “2015 International Congress on Accessible Information” will constitute a major step forward in the field of ICT accessibility.

CONGRESS ACTIVITIES:

Panel Discussion: The Panel Discussions will provide an opportunity for the experts to exchange information and ideas on the general situation and challenges of information services for persons with disabilities both in Turkey and in the World. Proposals for sessions are welcomed.

Papers: Summaries of academic papers to be submitted by participants will be shared and assessed by the relevant board members and duly published on our website. Invited papers from eminent experts will also take place among other academic papers.

Presentations by ICT Companies and Seminars:

The seminars to be held will aim ensuring exchange of information and experiences between organizations and individuals. Universities, ICT Firms and civil society organizations are expected to display applications and technological innovations.

Workshop: Workshop on FATIH (Movement of Enhancing Opportunities and Improving Technology) Project and Persons with Disabilities will be organized for the fourth time within the scope of the Congress. The workshop was organized for the first time in 2012 in Manisa as part of a symposium and it contributes a lot to the researches in the field.

Applied ICT Workshops:

Within the scope of the Congress, various workshops will be held in order to make a contribution to applications in the field. The participants of the workshops will receive certificates of attendance.

  • E-Commerce Workshop: The workshop will aim providing e-commerce training to participants, particularly to persons with disabilities.
  • Workshop on Web accessibility and usability: The workshop will aim providing basic information to the participants about web accessibility and usability.

Booths: Booths that will be open during the Congress activities will provide an opportunity for organizations and companies to display their projects and applications.

 ICT Accessibility Awards

Turkish Platform on Accessible Information whose secretariat work is conducted by Celal Bayar University will grant accessibility awards to successful information services for persons with disabilities.

The Award Ceremony will take place on 2 September 2015, shortly after the opening ceremony. The award ceremony, being held for the third time, aims granting awards to individuals or organizations that have directly or indirectly contributed to persons with disabilities in terms of facilitating access to education, information services and public services or enhancing social and economic life by making use of information technologies.