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The ATLEC project is finalised and offers now access to a range of tools to support the knowledge of ICT based Assistive Technology (ICT-AT). It provides a range of training materials, and also a mobile tool for people with disabilities and people working with people with disabilities, such as teachers, but also family and employers.

Below is an overview:

For more information, visit the ATLEC website.

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

ATLEC (Assistive Technology Learning Through a Unified Curriculum – www.atlec-project.eu) is currently conducting a European survey on the training and usage of assistive technologies (AT).

ATLEC focuses on training people with disabilities in being aware of and being able to use assistive technologies, whilst also creating the job profile of an ICT AT trainer, therefore giving people with disabilities another route into employment or self-employment.

Recent surveys with AT users and specialists throughout Europe have highlighted and confirmed that the lack of appropriate or sufficient training is the core barrier towards using AT by end-users. This lack of training is subsequently also recognised as the main barrier to securing or maintaining employment within a regular working environment.

A number of training initiatives exist but they mainly address training of the trainers and professionals working with people with disabilities, and not the actual beneficiaries (people with disabilities), who remain largely unaware of the huge range of available ICT-AT or of the potential it provides for them to build their skills, their employability or their independence.

To better grasp the problems with current training practices (or the lack of), we launched a survey that is targeted towards:

  • Parent / Carer / Personal Assistant of a person with a disability
  • Support Organisation representing people with disabilities
  • Educator (Teacher/Further Education or VET Trainer/Higher Education Tutor)
  • AT Provider (e.g. manufacturer, distributor, occupational therapist, etc)
  • Policy Maker (for education, disability, employment).

The survey focuses on the AT training that is available and aims to gather feedback on the quality of the training. The online survey can be found at:

If interested to participate, please complete the online survey.

Thank you in advance for your contribution.

ATLEC project team:
Oak Field School, Nottingham (UK)
PhoenixKM BVBA (Belgium)
Disability Now (Greece)
Associazione Italiana Assistenza Spastici (A.I.A.S) (Italy)
University Of Athens (Greece)
Greenhat Interactive Ltd (UK)

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The ATLEC (Assistive Technology Learning Through A Unified Curriculum – 518229-LLP-1-2011-1-UK-LEONARDO-LMP) project has been partially funded under the Lifelong Learning program. This message reflects the views only of the author(s), and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

The http://www.facebook.com/Aegis.Accessible page is the place to be the next 3 days when you want to follow live the progress of the AEGIS Conference and Workshop on 28-29-30 November 2011 in Brussels, Belgium.

The event will bring 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.

The event is free of charge, and registration is open for everyone, but space is limited. For that reason, registrations will remain pending until you receive a confirmation.

Both events take place at the Diamant Conference and Business Centre, Boulevard A. Reyerslaan 80, 1030 Brussels.

This event comes ahead of the European Day of People with Disabilities that is marked by the European Commission via a policy conference (1-2 December 2011), in close cooperation with the European Disability Forum (EDF).

The Call for Papers for RAatE 2011 (Recent Advances in Assistive Technology & Engineering) is now open. You are invited to submit papers, case studies or posters on a range of topics, including:

  • Services – Aspects of Service Delivery
  • Developments & Challenges in Wheelchair Services
  • New Service Demands: Commissioning of Re-ablement & AT Services
  • Emerging Technologies & Recent Advances in AT
  • Case Studies of Innovative AT in Practice

In addition to research papers or new innovations this year RAatE welcomes offers of presentations on how specialist aspects of assistive technology are delivered within services. With an ever expanding range of technology, how do services meet the increasing needs and expectations of their client groups? In particular RAatE welcomes hearing how services provide specialist aspects of assistive technology such as specialist wheelchair controls, integrated access, communication requirements or environmental controls. Challenges and solutions that have worked locally can be presented in the form of case studies or group presentations.
The deadline for the call for papers is 8th July 2011 and submissions can be made via the RAatE website.
RAatE 2011 is being held on Monday 28th November 2011 at the University of Warwick conference centre, and is the only UK conference focused on the latest innovations and developments in assistive technology. This conference will be of interest to everyone who uses, works with, develops or conducts research on assistive technologies.

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.