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AAL Open Association – AALOA organises a workshop together with the eInclusion unit (European Commission) and AAL JP support with the topic “Support for companies developing Ambient Assisted Living solutions to achieve the market breakthrough”. The workshop will take place at the 7th of June in Brussels and will discuss different issues for an AAL market break through. Also possible new funding schemes to support the porting of existing vertical AAL hardware and software solutions towards one horizontal platform will be discussed.

To register, click here.

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.

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.

The special focus of this issue is on the findings of the project’s first pilot testing phase, as well as the findings of the 1st AEGIS International Conference that took place in combination with the 2nd Pan-European Workshop / User Forum. The AEGIS accomplishments and prototypes are highlighted. However, AEGIS is not only about technology, but also about people and how their needs can be met. This is why a major topic of this issue is their opinion about what we do, expressed though interviews with some of our users who have already tried out the AEGIS developments. Finally, the 2nd international AEGIS Conference and User Forum is announced.

An accessible PDF version can be downloaded here.

You can also download it as accessible PDF.

A new report recommends that an innovative organisational model be created to respond more effectively to the needs of senior citizens and other stakeholders focussed on such needs. The report, prepared by Trilateral Research and Consulting, finds that calls to overcome the fragmentation of effort among existing organisations across the European Union could best be addressed through the creation of a new umbrella organisation aimed at fostering greater co-ordination and collaboration and at linking existing organisations, policy-makers and senior citizens themselves.
The “Report on mechanisms for stakeholder co-ordination”, one of the deliverables of the EC-funded BRAID (Bridging Research in Ageing and ICT Development) project, notes various calls for improved co-ordination, including those made by EU Ministers responsible for e-inclusion. It examines the needs of the various stakeholders (policy-makers, industry, civil society organisations, academia, the media as well as senior citizens) and finds that existing organisations do not adequately address all these needs, nor are they meeting the calls for greater partnership in responding to these needs. The report examines 10 different organisational models (each of which is represented by three different examples) and finds that each has advantages and disadvantages, but none appears suitable to meet the calls for improved co-ordination, collaboration and co-operation among all stakeholders.
Some organisations do exist to link industry and potential users; however, these fragmented initiatives are often short-lived and geared towards one type of stakeholder. A new organisation is needed that links industry, users, policy-makers, the media and other relevant stakeholders in order to achieve the maximum benefit for European citizens as they age.
BRAID is currently drawing up recommendations as to how a new approach for an inclusive, open and democratic organisation could support research and development, act as a focal point for e-inclusion, address the market for assistive technologies, help efforts to harmonise legislation, reduce regulatory barriers, implement standards and encourage interoperability of assistive technologies. The recommendations aim at supporting efforts by the European Commission and Member States to improve the lives of older Europeans and optimise national social policies and programmes. The BRAID partners are hosting a series of expert workshops across Europe this year to address these issues and to develop a cohesive vision for senior citizens and ICT over the next decade as well as a roadmap to achieve that vision.
Source: BRAID project

AEGIS project organises its final Workshop and 2nd International Conference entitled “Accessibility Reaching Everywhere” on 28-30 November 2011 in Brussels, bringing together both end-users (people with disabilities) as well as platform and application accessibility developers, representative organisations, the Assistive Technology industry, and policy makers. Since 2008, the AEGIS consortium (comprising companies such as Vodafone Foundation, Research in Motion, Oracle, and research groups from Cambridge University and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, etc.) has been developing an Open Accessibility Framework – comprising open accessibility interfaces, user interface components, developer tools, end-user applications and prototype accessibility solutions for desktops, rich Internet applications and mobile devices.

The workshop on 28 November will focus on the realisations of the AEGIS (Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards) project and provide attendees the opportunity to try out all outcomes of the project. The demonstrated products offer barrier-free access to desktop, mobile and web applications, are open source based and will be freely available.

The conference on 29-30 November will gather a wide array of experts and users in the area of Assistive Technology to discuss scientific and policy developments in accessible technology; showcase relevant projects and initiatives in the area of assistive technology.

Access to both events will be free, but places will be limited.

Download the call for papers also as pdf.

We kindly invite you and your colleagues to submit papers in the following categories:

  • Scientific papers
  • Technical papers

Conference topics (non-exhaustive list):

  • Accessible desktop applications (AT, developer tools and accessible applications)
  • Accessible mobile applications (AT, developer tools and accessible applications)
  • Accessible Rich Internet Applications (AT, developer tools and accessible applications)
  • Accessibility and Standardisation (e.g. ISO, eInclusion, Policies, Legislation)
  • Accessibility and Usability (e.g. Design for All)
  • Accessibility research (e.g. Assistive technology usage by end-users and their satisfaction, innovative AT training via accessible e-learning)

Important dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 30th April 2011
  • Notification of acceptance abstract submission: 31st of May 2011
  • Paper submission deadline: 30th June 2011
  • Notification of acceptance and outcome of review process: 15th September 2011
  • Final camera ready papers: 31 October 2011
  • Registration by 31st October 2011

Abstracts submission:

Abstracts submitted in the context of one of the above topics should not exceed 500 words. The title, authors and their contact and affiliation details (authors’ email address, telephone and fax number and affiliation name and address) as well as keywords (up to five) should be included.

Under the title of your abstract, please quote the relevant conference topic. We would strongly recommend you to propose more than one conference topics, if applicable, quoting them in priority order.

Authors who are unable to provide an electronic version or have other circumstances that prevent such submission must contact us (info@aegis-project.eu) prior to submission to discuss alternative options.

Abstracts should be submitted to info@aegis-project.eu by 30th April 2011.

Submission declaration:

Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright-holder.

Any manuscript not complying with the above requirements will not be accepted.

Publications:

Abstracts and camera-ready papers as well as exhibition applications will be reviewed by the ÆGIS Scientific Committee. The final versions of the accepted camera-ready papers will be published and will be made available during the conference. The authors of each accepted submission are required to give a presentation at the conference and must register by 31 October 2011.

In addition, the authors of the accepted technical papers will be invited to publish their software (where relevant) in the Open Source Community.

Looking forward to meet you and welcome you to our Community!

Guidelines for Final Paper:

Download Guidelines for Final Papers (.doc).