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Yes, I can! ICT and ICT-AT skills development for all: Final SYMPOSIUM of the ViPi & ATLEC projects

With the support of:

The Lifelong Learning Programme: education and training opportunities for all Vlaams - Europees verbindingsagentschap vzw Knowledge Centre Social Europe

Date: 4 December 2013
Venue: VLEVA (Vlaams-Europees verbindingsagentschap vzw), Kortenberglaan 71, 1000 Brussels, Belgium (Google maps) – Closest metro station: Schuman
Participants: 100-120
Duration: 9:00 hours – 18:00 hours
Event language: English
Target audience: People with disabilities, teachers, trainers, tutors, carers, policy makers, academics, ICT and AT experts and their organisations.

Program

8:30h-9:00h: Registration and welcome

  • Welcome – Jan Buysse (General Director, vleva)
  • Opening – Karel Van Isacker (CEO, PhoenixKM)

Sessions 1 & 2

  • SESSION 1 (9.00-10.00)
    The right for training in the use of ICT/AT for people with disabilities
    Chair: Jean-Marie Vanhove, Inclusief Consulting, Belgium
    9.00 – 9.20: Training in international and European context (UN Convention – European Policies): TBC
    9.20 – 9.40: Training in Flemish context: Helga Stevens: member of Flemish Parliament
    9.40 – 10.00: Discussion – questions
  • SESSION 2 (10.00 – 11.00)
    Need for training in the use of ICT AT: Point of view of the users
    Chair: Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf, AIAS Bologna, Italy
    10.00 – 10.20: The need for qualified training in the use of ICT/AT for people with disabilities: Wim Moeyaert (Werkgroep Vorming & Aktie)
    10.20 – 10.40: Witness accounts of pilot participants: Steve Boussemaere, Andy Vermeulen, Peter Anckaert
    10.40- 11.00: Discussion and questions

Break + exhibition (11.00 – 11.30)

Session 3

  • SESSION 3: (11.30- 12.45)
    Training on ICT and ICT AT in service provision and the labour market
    Chair: Jacqui Lewis, Greenhat Interactive, UK
    11.30 – 11.50: The need for training in the use of ICT/AT and experiences in vocational training: VDAB
    11.50 – 12.10: Need for training in the use of ICT/AT and experiences in the labour market: VDAB
    12.10 – 12.30: Need for training in the use of ICT AT and experiences in care: Luk Zelderloo (Secretary General EASPD)
    12.30 – 12.45: Discussion and questions

Lunch (12.45 – 13.45)

Session 4

  • SESSION 4 (13.45 – 15.30)
    The VIPI, ATLEC, SGSCC and eMentoring projects – outcomes
    Chair: Karel Van Isacker, project coordinator, PhoenixKM, Belgium
    VIPI and eMentoring: Presentation curriculum: by Prof. David Brown (NTU) and Karel Van Isacker (PhoenixKM)
    ATLEC: Presentation curriculum: by Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf (AIAS)
    SGSCC: Presentation curriculum: by Mariya Goranova (PhoenixKM)
    ViPi and ATLEC platform and mobile applications: Panagiotis Tsoris (Steficon) & Maria Saridaki (University of Athens)
    Current practices ICT Skills at European level: by Jacqui Lewis (GHI)

Break and exhibition (15.30 – 16.00)

Wrap up session (16.00 – 17.00)

  • Moderator: Jean-Marie Vanhove, Inclusief consulting, Belgium
    Topics: What did we learn from the former presentations and what can we do about it?
    Panel with representatives of ViPi, ATLEC, SGSCC, AAATE (Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf), EASPD (Luc Zelderloo), Jos Sterckx (Knowledge Center Social Europe), Wim Moeyaert (WVA)

Demo sessions and closure (walking dinner) (17:15-18:00)

  • Curriculums of different projects
  • ViPi and ATLEC learning objects and integrated platform
  • Training platforms
  • Mobile and desktop games
  • Mobile applications
  • Posters of other projects/experiences

Registration is still possible via http://tinyurl.com/ViPi-ATLEC.

Note that participation is only confirmed after receiving a formal confirmation email from us.

This event is organised with the support of the Liaison agency Flanders-Europe (vleva) and Knowledge Center Social Europe.

The projects ViPi and ATLEC have been partially funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Public conference of the EuCAN – European Concept for Accessibility Network to launch the new ECA publication: “ECA 2013 – From theory to practice”.

In cooperation with the Senate Department for Urban Development and the Environment Berlin, the Fürst Donnersmarck-Foundation, Berlinische Galerie and Design for All – Germany (EDAD)

Venue: Berlinische Galerie – Museum of Modern Art, Photography and Architecture
Alte Jakobstraße 124-128
10969 Berlin
Deutschland
www.berlinischegalerie.de
Date:7th and 8th November 2013
Conference language: English
Audience: Members of the organisers and other interested persons from Europe, with a particular focus on representatives active in the following fields: (environmental) architecture, construction, city planning, crafts, marketing, design, art, culture, communication, entrepreneurship, consumer organisations, organisations of and for Senior citizens and/or people with disabilities, Highschools, training institutes and decision makers in economy, policy and administration.
Accomodations: Advance bookings have been made in Grimm’s Hotel and Best Western Hotel am Spittelmarkt. There are special offers for the attendances of the conference. Please send an email to eca@eca.lu (after September 9th) if you are interested to book a room.
Deadline: Deadline to register for the conference and the hotel rooms: September 30th.
Contact: Silvio Sagramola, eca@eca.lu

‘Mobile for Good Europe Awards’
VODAFONE FOUNDATION LAUNCHES SEARCH FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL APPS

Vodafone Foundation today announces the launch of the first Mobile for Good Europe Awards to search for iOS and Android apps designed to improve people’s lives and deliver substantial public benefit.
Creators of the winning apps, in categories including accessibility, mobilising public services, health and education, will receive a shared prize fund of €200,000 to be used for the development of their innovations. Mobilising Public Services will focus on how local and national governments can leverage mobile technology to improve the delivery of public services. The closing date for entries is 15 October and an awards ceremony will be held in Brussels on 5 December 2013.
The awards build on the success of the Vodafone Foundation’s Smart Accessibility Awards, held in 2011 and 2012 with the cooperation with AGE Platform Europe and the European Disability Forum, which was a competition to find Android apps which improve the lives of older people or people with disabilities. Last year’s winners included Juan Carlos Gonzalez Montesino, who designed Ablah, an app to help his autistic son communicate.
Judges of the Health category will be searching for innovative solutions to overcome challenges in areas such as real-time patient monitoring and the collection and distribution of health-related data. For the Accessibility category, which follows on from last year’s Smart Accessibility Awards, judges will look for apps which can improve the quality of life for people with disabilities or older people. The Education category judges will look for mobile apps which provide simple and effective teaching tools. In each of the four categories, the winner will receive €30,000, second place wins €15,000 and third place receives €5,000. There will be local workshops organised for the developers in Berlin, Amsterdam and Madrid. The Mobile for Good Europe Awards is again a partnership with AGE Platform Europe and the European Disability Forum, representing the users’ perspective.
Vodafone Group Sustainability Director and Director of the Vodafone Foundation Andrew Dunnett
said: “Mobile technology has the potential to educate, liberate and empower hundreds of millions of people. We hope the Mobile for Good Europe Awards will inspire innovators to invest in new and creative ways to use mobile to enhance individual daily lives and deliver substantial public benefits.”

For further information:
Vodafone Group: Media Relations – Telephone: +44 (0) 1635 664444

To enter the Mobile for Good Europe Awards, please visit www.mobileforgoodeuropeawards.com

The ITAG conference, held annually in partnership with GameCity, aims to bring together academics and practitioners working with interactive technologies to explore and innovate within the areas of Education, Health and Disability.

The opportunity to take part in ITAG13 is still available. Submit an abstract for any of the following strands of the conference before Friday 28 June.

  • Academic conference: 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. We especially want to bring together practitioners with technical experts, for their mutual benefit; you don’t have to be a technical whizz kid to benefit from this conference! 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 also creates a forum for two-way communication between the academic and practitioner communities.
  • Practical workshops: every afternoon, parallel workshops will be organised addressing following topics: interactive street gaming using mobile gaming applications, robotics in a gaming environment, mobile gaming, immersive gaming and rehabilitation gaming. These workshops will involve the participants in exploring the various games, and creating an interactive experience with the originators/developers.
  • – Gaming hackathon: several teams consisting of developers, designers and special education trainers will compete with each other to use various technologies (Android based games, Flash Games, Games Mods, XNA) and create an educational game in just 2 days. The winner will take home a £250 prize award.
  • Exhibition: An exhibition space will be available for demonstrations and posters, and will be embedded in the conference and workshops area.

We particularly welcome user led presentations and workshops.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday 28 June 2013 and should be sent to Claire.addison@ntu.ac.uk.

Want to attend ITAG13? Online booking is now available.

When?: Thursday 17 – Friday 18 October 2013
Where?: The Council House, Nottingham

www.itag.gamecity.org

Final symposium of the ViPi (Basic ICT skills training for people with disabilities) and ATLEC (ICT-based Assistive Technology Learning Through A Unified Curriculum) projects.

Date: 4 December 2013
Venue: VLEVA (Vlaams-Europees verbindingsagentschap vzw), Kortenberglaan 71, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
Participants: 100-120
Duration: 9:00 hours – 18:00 hours

Two European lifelong learning projects (ViPi and ATLEC project) will come to an end and the final Symposium will present their outcomes within a wider framework of learning, employment and independent living for people with disabilities.

The two projects are complementary as VIPI focuses on the development of skills in ICT for (young) adults with disabilities and ATLEC on skills and competences in ICT based Assistive Technologies.

The Symposium has a twofold aim: raising awareness among gatekeepers and policy makers on the need for ICT and ICT_AT training and on the other hand providing concrete curricula, methods and tools produced in the project. Highlighting needs and showing material to tackle those needs, is considered a valuable contribution to further equal opportunities and the participation of people with disabilities in learning and employment.

The symposium therefore presents academic and experience-based contributions, while interactivity, dialogue and information exchange is sought in parallel sessions and in the exhibition.

Other relevant projects and experiences are therefore invited to contribute with a paper, a poster or by sending leaflets to enrich the exhibition.

The participation of people with disabilities is incentivised by an accessible venue and by accessible presentations.

Please consult http://www.vipi-project.eu & http://www.atlec-project.eu for more information on the projects and for programme updates.

Registration is now available via http://tinyurl.com/ViPi-ATLEC.

Note that participation is only confirmed after receiving a formal confirmation email from us.

Language of event: English
Target audience: People with disabilities, teachers, trainers, tutors, carers, policy makers, academics, ICT and AT experts and their organisations.

See you there and then!

ViPi and ATLEC project team

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You can find us at:

http://www.vipi-project.eu
http://twitter.com/ViPi_project
http://www.facebook.com/vipiproject

http://atlec-project.eu/
http://twitter.com/ATLEC_project/
http://www.facebook.com/ATLECproject

Implementing the UN Convention: the role of Assistive Technology Centres

Special Session during AAATE 2013 conference, September 19-22nd, 2013. Portugal. – www.aaate2013.eu

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities contains many references to Accessibility, Assistive Technologies and Universal Design. World wide Assistive Technology Centres support people with disabilities in identifying appropriate solutions to enhance their independence, to allow equal opportunities and to access their rights as human beings and citizens. They also promote a “culture of independence” and in many cases support policy making. As such they are important stakeholders and drivers for the implementation of the UN Convention.

Two years ago an international group of leading AT Centres started to meet and to discuss. Although working in different cultural and socio-economic conditions -factors that also impact on the model of service delivery-, the Centres share a common identity and mission. For more information: http://g3ict.org/resource_center/at_centers_leadership_network.

The network, facilitated by the G3ICT initiative and endorsed in Europe by AAATE, is eager to increase the participation of more European AT Centres and proposes therefore a special session during the AAATE 2013 conference on the role of AT Centres in implementing the UN Convention.

The purpose of the session is to come to an exchange regarding issues of specific interest for AT Centres, such as:

  • models and methodologies of service delivery;
  • the measurement of impact;
  • governance;
  • the training of staff members;
  • the collaboration and networking with end user organisations and other stakeholders.

AT Centres in Europe and around the globe are invited to present in this session, while attending the session is open to all registered conference participants.

Chair of the session: Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf

Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf is Head of the Projects Office of AIAS Bologna onlus and staff member of Emilia Romagna’s Regional Centre for Assistive Technology. He is an active AAATE member (president elect) and part of the group of founding members of the G3ICT Global AT Centres Leadership Network.
Contact: hoogerwerf@ausilioteca.org