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The conference will be held on 8 June 2015 at the Cité des Sciences in Paris in conjunction with the 2015 Daisy Consortium Board Meeting. The theme of this year’s conference is e-Accessible Knowledge.

Knowledge is a key driver of social and economic development. It helps shape individual and collective identity and can be a tool for empowerment and inclusion. Access to the digital tools of production, distribution and acquisition of knowledge for people with disabilities is therefore of crucial importance in modern society. This conference will explore how ICTs can help to overcome disparities and greatly enhance access to knowledge for all.

This year’s impressive speaker lineup includes:

  • US attorney Daniel GOLDSTEIN who will outline legislative and litigation efforts taken to make accessible instructional technology and materials the default, before looking at what efforts need to be taken to fix the barriers students with disabilities are still facing in instruction.
  • Betsy BEAUMON of the DIAGRAM Center who will present new standards and resources available to educational content creators to help them create complex images that are “born accessible”.
  • Dr Edouard GENTAZ of Geneva University who will present the different forms of learning used by humans during their development and explore how multisensory approaches, some of which integrate new technologies, can help develop basic skills such as reading, writing and geometry.

Other confirmed speakers include Alex BERNIER of BrailleNet, George KERSCHER of the DAISY Consortium, Jean MILLERAT of the French National Center for Distance Learning, Paul NISBET of CALL Scotland, Neil SOIFFER of Design Science and Volker SORGE of the University of Birmingham.

To book your place, visit the conference website at http://eaf2015.braillenet.org.

The poor often pay more …

  • For food: Since they need to shop in nearby stores where prices are often higher.
  • For housing: Due to the lack of social homes, people with low income are forced to move into privately rented accommodation where they pay too much for a house of poor quality.
  • For energy: Since they often live in houses that are less energy-friendly or because they cannot afford energy-saving investments
  • For health care: Social determinants show a link between poverty and inferior health as a doctor’s consult is often postponed for cost reasons.
  • For loans: Since the less creditworthy pay higher interest rates. Provided they qualify for a loan,…
  • etc.

Community Service Engineering believes engineers and their analytical skills could contribute significantly to breaking the vicious cycle of poverty.

We go into this topic at the third conference in the pre-programme of Community Service Engineering.

More information on this webpage or in our folder.

Participation is free. Registration can be done via this link.

This is the schedule for Thursday 4th of September:

  • 18.30 h: Registration
  • 19.00 h: Word of Welcome – prof. dr. ir. Bart Vanrumste (KU Leuven) – Community Service Engineering
  • 19.10 h: Poverty: a multidimensional problem and policy challenge – prof. dr. Frank Vandenbroucke (KU Leuven)
  • 19.50 h: A view by an expert in the field of ‘Poverty’ – Henk Van Hootegem (Interfederal Support Centre for Poverty Reduction)
  • 20.30 h: Case 1 : Sustainable energy for families in poverty – prof.dr.ir. Griet Verbeeck (UHasselt)
  • 20.50 h: Case 2 : Web application REMI may allow uniformity in additional financial allowances – dr. Bérénice Storms (Thomas More – Cebud)
  • 21.10 h: Round table discussion in the auditorium

You are expected at 18.30 in the Auditorium Oude Molen, Kasteelpark Arenberg 50, 3001 Heverlee. We hope to meet you there!

Best regards,

Inge Vervoort

Project Director Community Service Engineering

cse@kuleuven.be

Please join us:

You can find all presentations and pictures of the first two conferences:

  1. Conference on the topic of ‘Ageing’ that took place on April 3th via this link.
  2. Conference on the topic of ‘Living with a disability’ that took place on May 21th via this link.

Community Service Engineering (CSE) is a continuing education curriculum of KU Leuven that lasts for 8 months (October 2014 – May 2015) for graduated engineers (or nearly graduated engineering students that only still need to finish their master’s thesis).More information on the CSE curriculum:

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need more information.

The Interdisciplinary Symposium “Social Competence, Creativity and Wellbeing” will be held from 03.06. to 05.06.2015 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. It is an event organized to facilitate the international dialogue between researchers, academics, experts and practitioners coming from different fields. It will give opportunities for presenting scientific discoveries, innovative decisions, new approaches and successful practices in developing social competences, creativity and in improving the wellbeing of adolescents, youth and people with disabilities.

The main goal of the ISSCCW is to promote the understanding of the social competence, the creativity and the wellbeing while taking into account its relation with the modern learning and training technologies.

The ISSCCW is organised by the University of Plovdiv “Paisii Hilendarski”.

The venue: the ISSCCW will take place in the Park-hotel “Saint Petersburg” in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

The program topics: 

  • Creativity, innovative technologies and the social challenges of youth and people with disabilities.
  • Developing the social competences of youth and people with disabilities, with the usage of modern learning and training technologies.

ISSCCW program events:

  • Keynotes;
  • Plenary Sessions;
  • Expert Panels;
  • Poster Presentations;
  • Round Tables;
  • Exhibitions.

The presented materials will be published in a special ISSCCW edition.

For further information visit the Symposium web-site http://issccw.academy:2096.

First announcement ENTELIS SEMINAR: Supporting the development of digital skills of persons with disabilities of all ages – Policies, strategies and tools
26-27 November 2014 – Bologna Italy

The digital divide is a fact. Many people with disabilities do not participate, or experience difficulties in fully participating, in the digital society. There are many factors that contribute to this situation, ranging from environmental factors (physical and cultural barriers) to person-related factors, such as lack of training or unfamiliarity with technology. The ENTELIS network aims to reduce the digital divide by fostering exchange of information and good practice, by networking all relevant stakeholders and by contributing to policy development. The seminar will address the entire range of factors within a holistic perspective. However, in investigating possible solutions, it will particularly focus on person-related factors: it will explore how actions and measures aimed at the person’s empowerment and digital skills development can improve participation and freedom of choice in the digital society.

The pre-Seminar event (Wednesday 26 afternoon) will be targeted to the public-at-large, including policy-makers, journalists, non-governmental organisations, self-advocacy groups. Participation is free of charge. Registration is encouraged.

The Seminar (Thursday 27, full day) will be mainly targeted to education and rehabilitation professionals, service providers, researchers and experts in information technology and assistive technology. It will include keynote speeches, selected contributions from the participants and parallel working groups. It will be organised in such a way to promote the maximum amount of information exchange, reciprocal learning, networking and project incubation.

Fee: 150 Euro. Free of charge for ENTELIS partners and for members of AAATE, EASPD and EVBB. Registration is required.

Call for presentations (abstracts), programme and registration information: www.entelis.net

The seminar is held in the framework of the thematic event: (Assistive) technology as a Human Rights Enabler Bologna 26-29 November 2014

Open call for contributions to the ENTELIS seminar programme (pdf)

INVITATION to Final Conference

T-EST – Transfer of Employment
Support Tools for People with Disabilities
September 19th, 2014
Wyndham İzmir Özdilek Hotel
İzmir, Turkey

T-EST project logo

T-EST project logo

Jugend am Werk Steiermark together with T-EST project partnership is pleased to invite you to the international conference on the employment of people with disabilities in İzmir, Turkey on September 19th, 2014. The conference is organized as a final event of a Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation Project titled ‘Transfer of Employment Support Tools for People with Disabilities T-EST’ (LLP-LDV-TOI-12-AT-0011). The Project is supported by Austrian National Agency under the Lifelong Learning Programme of the EU.

The conference will focus on the Supported Employment Tool developed by EUSE and its transfer to the partner countries Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey. Project partners will discuss implementation process of supported employment in their countries. The conference will provide opportunities for the different stakeholders to exchange experiences.

We are looking forward to meeting you in İzmir!

PRACTICAL INFORMATION:

  • Date: September 19th, 2014
  • Venue: Wyndham İzmir Özdilek Hotel, İnciraltı Street No 67, Balçova, İzmir, 35340 TURKEY, Tel: +90 23 22921300, www.wyndhamizmir.com
  • Conference Language: English- Turkish
  • Registration: please send an e-mail to kalemguldan@gmail.com with a “Subject: T-EST Conference” stating your full name, institution and your contact details. The registration for the conference is open till September 1st, 2014. The registered participants of the conference will receive an e-mail concerning the practical arrangements before the event.
  • Participation fee: Participation to conference is FREE.
  • Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by participants. In order to benefit from special conference rate at Wyndham İzmir Özdilek Hotel please send an e-mail to Ms. Emel ŞENOL emel.senol@wyndhamizmir.com with a “Subject: T-EST Conference” indicating your accommodation preferences. Your booking will be confirmed based on availability.
  • Price per room/night: Single 200 TRY, Double 235 TRY
  • Contact Details: Güldan Kalem, kalemguldan@gmail.com, Tel: +90 232 445 8313

More information will be available on the project website: www.t-est.eu

ITAG14: 7th Interactive Technologies and Games – Education, Health and Disability Conference
The Council House, Nottingham
16 – 17 October 2014

Now in its seventh consecutive year, ITAG aims to bring together academics, developers, beneficiaries and practitioners to explore interactive technologies and innovate within the areas of Education, Health and Disability.

ITAG will consist of 4 strands: Paper Presentations, Practical Workshops, Hackathon and Exhibition. Submissions are solicited on new research results and detailed interactive expositions related to ITAG, including but not limited to:

Mobile Gaming, Immersive Gaming, Rehabilitation Gaming, Games in Assistive Care, Artificial Intelligence in Games, Robotics in a Gaming Environment, Interactive design with new input/output devices, Ubiquitous computing on our everyday well-being, Interactive street gaming using mobile gaming applications, Gaming Hardware and Software to implement accessible solutions.

Read the call for papers for more information on themes and topics.

Successful paper submissions will be published through IEEE-XploreTM and the IEEE Computer Society (CSDL) digital libraries which deliver full text access to the world’s highest quality technical literature in engineering and technology.

What to do next

Prospective authors are invited to submit a maximum of 500 words abstract for a full paper and 300 words for a poster using the ITAG Abstract Submission Form’ attached to mail you send to itag@ntu.ac.uk by Monday 28 April 2014. Full papers in Conference Publishing Services (CPS) format should not exceed 8 pages in length, while posters should not exceed 4 pages in length. The papers will be reviewed for technical merit and content and the accepted papers will appear in the proceedings, to be published by CPS. Accepted publications are submitted for indexing through  IEEE-XploreTM and the IEEE Computer Society (CSDL) digital libraries. Publication templates are available for LaTeX and MS Word.

Key Dates

Abstract Due Date: Monday 28 April 2014
Full Paper Submission Due Date: Monday 2 June 2014
Notification: Monday 7 July 2014
Camera-Ready Due Date: Monday 21 July 2014
Submission opening: Tuesday 29 April 2014.