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The new UNICEF/WHO discussion paper “Assistive Technology for Children with Disabilities: Creating Opportunities for Education, Inclusion and Participation” was launched last Monday in Copenhagen. An electronic version of the paper along with easy-to-read, ePub, DAISY and accessible html formats is available on the UNICEF Disability website under the section resources as of Monday.
Link to discussion paper: http://www.unicef.org/disabilities/index_71769.html

Call for papers: Deadline 5 May 2015

You are invited to submit an academic paper to the ITAG2015 Conference.

We welcome multidisciplinary papers which focus on the exploration of innovative technologies within the areas of Education, Health and Disability.

Examples of themes and topics include (but don’t let this restrict you):

Games and Education

  • Serious Games for health scenarios
  • Learning and instructional theory for games-based learning
  • Serious games and community / cultural awareness
  • Virtual environments for health
  • Evaluation and future of games-based learning
  • The psychology of serious games
  • Hardware development for serious games
  • Use of mobile games for learning

Assistive Technologies

  • Human – Robot interaction
  • Quality of Life Technologies
  • Mobile and Wearable Systems
  • Applications to improve health and wellbeing of children and the elderly
  • Brain Computer interfaces

Games and Psychology

  • Psychology of games
  • Motivations for playing (e.g. player typology)
  • Video games’ psychosocial implications (e.g. gaming addiction, behavioral change, use of VR)
  • Psychology of game design (e.g. immersion, realism, reward system)
  • Player identity (e.g. clans and groups affiliation, avatar embodiment)

Submissions

If you would like to present a paper, please prepare an abstract to a maximum of 500-words. If you are hoping to exhibit or produce a poster, a 300-word abstract is required.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday 5 May 2015 and abstracts should be submitted via the ITAG Easychair submission page.

Publication opportunities

Authors of successful ITAG15 papers can choose to submit to one of the following publications:

  • Journal of Assistive Technologies
  • Xplore TM and CSDL

Authors will be informed of how to submit to the above publications in the acceptance notifications which will be sent in July.

If you have any questions or would like further assistance when submitting your paper, please email us at itag@ntu.ac.uk.

Join the conversation

We will be providing regular conference updates on our twitter pages @ITAG15.
Join the conversation, using hashtag #ITAG15.
Visit the ITAG15 conference website

We would like to welcome you to the Interdisciplinary Symposium “Social Competences, Creativity and Wellbeing” that will be held from June 3rd to 5th 2015 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. It is intended to facilitate an international dialogue between researchers, academics, experts and practitioners coming from different fields.

Park Hotel Sankt Peterburg Plovdiv

Park Hotel Sankt Peterburg Plovdiv

The ISSCCW 2015 will give opportunities for presenting scientific discoveries, innovative decisions, new approaches and successful practices in developing the social competences, the creativity and in improving the wellbeing of youth and people with disabilities.

The main goal of the ISSCCW 2015 is to promote the understanding of the social competences, the creativity and the wellbeing while taking into account its relation to the modern learning and teaching technologies.

The ISSCCW 2015 is organised by the University of Plovdiv “Paisii Hilendarski”.

The venue: the ISSCCW 2015 will take place in the Park Hotel Sankt Peterburg in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Program topics:

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

Program events:

  • Keynotes;
  • Plenary Sessions;
  • Poster Presentations;
  • Exhibitions.

The presented materials will be published in a special ISSCCW 2015 edition.

For further information visit the Symposium website or write to the e-mail address info.english@issccw.academy or info.russian@issccw.academy, contact person Mr. Ognyan Koychev.

Chairman of the ISSCCW-2015 Scientific Committee
Prof. Rumen Stamatov PhD, DSc

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