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An introduction to technology for inclusive education – motivation and key principles of digital resource authoring. This presentation was given on 25 March 2013, as part of the Teach @ Dundee induction event for new teaching staff at Dundee University.

The aim of the study “Internal market for inclusive and assistive ICT, targeted market analysis and legislative aspects” was to examine the main barriers and opportunities today in the European Internal Market for assistive ICT and look at what could be gained from addressing these.
The study has assessed the different models existing in nine Member States for the provision of assistive ICT to people with a disability, analysed the demand- and supply side of the market and conducted a number of case studies. The study puts forward a number of scenarios, conclusions and recommendations for the achievement of the European Internal Market for assistive ICT that supports the digital inclusion of people with a disability.

Download the final report (September 2011).

The 2nd Pan-European Workshop/User Forum and the 1st International ÆGIS Conference entitled “Access for All in the desktop, web and mobile field: an end-user and developer perspective” will take place in Seville, Spain on 6 and 7-8 October 2010 respectively. All events are organised by the ÆGIS IP initiative (Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards – www.aegis-project.eu), partially funded under FP7 (Theme: ICT‐2007.7.1; ICT & Ageing).
Detailed info and registration about the 1st International AEGIS Conference is available through www.aegis-conference.eu. Registration is now open.

ACCESSIBLE (an EU FP7 project spanning over 36 months) will keep its survey online that aims at identifying the user needs of Developers, Accessibility Assessors, Elderly and Disabled People, Public Bodies, and Service Providers in the field of accessible software implementations.
If you are interested in contributing, these questionnaires (accessible via http://www.accessible-project.eu/index.php/questionnaire.html) are completely anonymous, and are available in German, Greek, Portuguese, Italian, English, and Bulgarian.

The European Disability Forum (EDF), and its partners -Leeds and Maastricht Universities- organised a seminar in June to identify next collaborative opportunities between Disabled People Organisations (DPOs) and academic researchers over the project “European Research Agendas for Disability Equality” (EuRADE).

For the first time in the history of disability, DPOs worked together with the key stakeholders in academic research including researchers from European Universities, research policy-makers, funders, and promoters showing interest for disability research and collaboration. As Yannis Vardakastanis, President of EDF stressed out: “This unique cooperation between NGOs and the academic community enabled DPOs to identify their own research priorities to gain knowledge about research methods and communicating their ideas to demonstrate their capacity to participate in research, and at initiating new research collaboration in Europe. The UN convention already set the paradigm shift from medical to a social approach. This must be translated in a new approach to research.”

The seminar was attended by a mixed representation of the field, half coming from the research area and half coming from DPOs. “This collaboration in research enabled a lot of great achievements” said Erzsebet Szollosi, Vice President of EDF. She underlined:”Together, we established a European research agenda, we increased the capacity of Persons With Disability (PWD) to be engaged as equal partners in research, we learnt from each others about disability perspective in research priority, and we set up tremendous contacts between researchers and the disability movements.”

The EuRADE project also allowed the identification of key perspectives in research on disability equality:
• Access to research: research must be accessible to PWD such as students with disabilities, researchers and teachers
• Inclusive education: a strong need for wider interdisciplinary collaborations is to be underlined
• Equal recognition before the law: a central area that still remains unexplored in the human rights field
• Reasonable accommodation: its understanding, enforcement at national level, and practical implementation have to be included in the area of non discrimination
• Independent living: the need to shift from institutions to community based living environments should be developed as well as the information and communication systems designed for all
• Accessibility of transport systems and the built environment: although already set on the political agenda, this key issue requires further engagement of researcher and developers

Representatives from the European Commission, and all the project participants debated the best way to match these key perspectives with the science and humanities work programme. PWD explained they still face too many obstacles to efficiently set disability issues in the European research agenda. “Mainly because disability equality issues are not reflected in the European Commission’s work programme” explained a researcher with disability. Philippe Keraudren, Deputy Head of Unit Research, answered: “The bridge of conservatism in social sciences won’t be crossed easily, but the European Commission is trying to provide relevant tools to tackle this problem. EuRADE is a very good example in that respect as it mentions disability as a cross-cutting issue in research, linked to major societal trends such as employment, ageing and health. A new programme, funded accordingly will consequently be dedicated to disability.”

Mark Priestley, professor of Disability Policy at University of Leeds, highlighted the academic perspective: “We need a stronger collaboration with DPOs, we have to think how to maximize their involvement”. Lisa Waddington, Professor and EDF Chair in European Disability Law from Maastricht University concluded “The great deal of enthusiasm and knowledge shared in EuRADE still have to be supported by the Commission: both academics and DPOs have the desire to go ahead.”

More about the project can be found here.

Logo Access 2 All projectThe main aim of the ACCESS 2 ALL coordination action is to encourage Public Transport operators belonging to the project target group to adopt innovative technological concepts and mobility schemes that enable high quality mobility and transportation services for all, as well as to provide their personnel with the necessary knowledge on the particularities of specific user groups, such as the elderly and disabled, ICT-illiterate, dyslexic and illiterate people, etc. ACCESS 2 ALL aims at defining concrete mobility schemes, guidelines and policy recommendations, ensuring accessibility of Public Transport to ALL users, through the coordination of current research efforts, the production of common research roadmaps, the identification of best practice models and the appropriate use of ICT aids and networks. The achievement of all above stated objectives will be measured and verified through well specified milestones and specific success assessment criteria.

More information on the project can be found on www.access-to-all.eu.