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On 1 December 2015, the final M-CARE conference will be organised in Brussels, Belgium at VLEVA premises.

The event “Caring for people with disabilities and older people: challenges, opportunities and (mobile/online) training solutions” will focus on the importance of good quality personal caregiving (PCG) for people with disabilities and older people. Focus will be on caring in a broader perspective, and how M-CARE’s (mobile/online) training solutions contribute to successful PCGs.

Target groups:

  • (Potential) personal assistants/personal caregivers
  • Nurses
  • Social workers
  • People with disabilities
  • Parents/friends/colleagues
  • Representative organisations of people with disabilities
  • Policy makers

Where?:

Vlaams-Europees verbindingsagentschap vzw (please download the itinerary)
Kortenberglaan 71
1000 Brussels
Belgium

Practicalities:

English is the used language.
Premises are wheelchair accessible.

​Registration:

Attendance is free but registration is obligatory, and is possible via the project website. Any other costs incurred in participating to this event (hotel, travel, subsistence, etc.) must be paid for by the attendee.

INVITATION

The STOA Panel of the European Parliament cordially invites you to the workshop “Robots: enabling the disabled or disabling the abled”

Have you ever wondered how much more difficult it is to live with a disability? Do you care about equal rights and accessibility for everyone?
What assistive technologies can be used to create an inclusive environment for persons with disabilities in society, education and employment?
What if, in the near future, robots render the division between abled-bodied and disabled persons irrelevant?

Find out about these questions and many more at our workshop

Please register here by 16 June 2015

Webstreaming available

On 18 and 19 June 2015, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Thomas More University College are jointly hosting the ‘Engineering4Society’ conference in Leuven, Belgium.

The conference aspires to make a larger call to engineers to pay attention to the way we think about the consequences of design, materials used, manufacturing processes, and waste disposal practices. It will explore the nexus between communities, environment, education, business, design, and professional engineering. Engineering4Society is an invitation to create new ways to ‘design’ a sustainable future and to provide creative solutions to address problems as poverty, exclusion, addiction, discrimination, violence, hate, and disabilities.

The conference will offer a multidisciplinary platform, looking at inspiring examples from all over the world.

Topics and areas of interest include:

•              engineering case studies focusing on the environment and related social factors;

•              engineering cases that helped to bring more harmony, understanding and compassion;

•              methods of teaching and/or practicing participatory design in engineering;

•              inspiring examples of Engineering4Society in practice.

Speakers and sessions
Over 30 speakers from all over the world will share their expertise and knowledge and present innovative projects and studies focusing on social and environmental engineering. Have a closer look at some of our keynote speakers :

Prof. Dr. Ir. Joost Duflou, KU Leuven, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Belgium .
“Systematic selective recycling is becoming the preferred end-of-life (EOL) treatment. In this lecture the case of EOL treatment of flat screen LCD TVs will be presented. Both the treatment of current product types and the opportunities to facilitate EOL material separation by means of innovative joint design for future models will be discussed.”

Daria Loi, UX Innovation Manager, Intel Corporation, USA .
“In her talk, Daria Loi urges the engineering professions to create sustainable futures by embracing novel processes and by paying attention to the potential consequences of their work. More specifically, this talk focuses on the opportunities offered by Participatory Design practice – on how to develop creative solutions to issues that afflict our planet by partnering with end users and key stakeholders.”

Egbert Lox, Senior Vice President Government Affairs Umicore, Belgium .
“Our current way of life includes the widespread use of many devices. Applying the concept of circular economy can alleviate the stress on the supply situation of the technology metals and solves at the same time the environmental burden devices could constitute at the end of their service life. Applying high technology in all the steps from the conception up to the extraction of the technology metals at the end of its use can maximize the benefits. The presentation will cover these aspects and illustrate the initiatives taken already to endeavors of sustainability and responsibility in these aspects.”

Caitrin Lynch, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Olin College of Engineering, USA.
“Caitrin will speak about the Engineering for Humanity course she co-teaches at Olin College of Engineering (Boston, USA). She will connect the Engineering for Humanity course to the larger Olin goals of embedding social perspectives into engineering education and practice, and she will place it in the wider context of leveraging user-centered design as an important path to educating engineers to embed their work in society.”

Peter-Paul Verbeek, Professor of Philosophy of Technology. University of Twente, the Netherlands.
“Technologies have an inherent moral dimension. How can designers deal with this moral dimension of the technologies they are developing? In his presentation, Professor Verbeek will investigate how the approach of ‘moral mediation’ can inform the ethics of design. The paper will develop a heuristic tool for designers to anticipate the potential moral impact of a technology-in-design, to evaluate its quality, and to design morality into technologies in a responsible way.”

Presentation of the new postgraduate course on Community Service Engineering

The CSE project is developing a European multi-campus joined postgraduate curriculum that will offer engineers a sound background in the social profit sector; insights in user-centered design, and assistive technology, social and intercultural skills to interact with the social profit sector and a collaborative place to learn in an international environment. KU Leuven is working on the curriculum in collaboration with the Thomas More University College.

The Engineering4Society conference is organised by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven  in collaboration with the Thomas More University College . . It is morally and financially supported by the John E. Fetzer Institute (USA) and its intrinsic value is recognised by the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology.

Visit the conference website and learn more about the speakers and the programme.
Registration closes on 12th of June.
The organising committee is looking forward to meet you in Belgium in June.
Questions? Contact ingrid.adriaensen@thomasmore.be

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.

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M-CARE logo

M-CARE (Mobile Training for Home and Health Caregiver For People with Disabilities and Older People) is a project partially funded by the European Commission which aims to provide the training framework and (mobile) content for low-skilled people, nurses, etc. to become personal caregivers for people with disabilities and older people. The project will generate a dedicated PCG curriculum and relevant training material for different disabilities hosted on innovative ICT-based Web 2.0 mobile/online learning platforms (PC, smartphone and tablet). Partners come from Belgium, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, and Turkey.

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