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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
below link. Any other costs incurred in participating to this event
(hotel, travel, subsistence, etc.) must be paid for by the attendee.

Registration possible via
http://mcare-project.eu/m-care-conference-brussels-belgium-1-december-2015/

M-CARE logo

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.

The TLC Pack project (teaching languages to caregivers) focuses on ‘occupational specific language resources’ to support migrants already working in, or with aspirations to work in, the care giving sector.

TLC Pack logo

TLC Pack logo

It has been determined that this is one of the primary employment opportunities for migrant workers across Europe. In the context of the TLC Pack project ‘caregiving’ as an occupation is defined as work that involves helping people who are older or those who need assistance with grooming, medical tasks and/or daily tasks. The work may be undertaken in residential care contexts or in the home of the person receiving care. Caregiver tasks are related to ageing, illness, hygiene and daily living activities inside and outside of the home or residence. In addition to supporting the acquisition of occupational specific language, the project also recognises the importance of developing complementary intercultural knowledge and insights, to be included within the final resource package. This aspect of the resource pack seeks to highlight the intersection of caregiving duties and a range of cultural conventions to take into account the cultural values, beliefs and attitudes of both caregivers and those receiving care.

M-Care project logo

M-Care project logo

European people with disabilities (especially those with mobility impairments) depend heavily on personal care givers (PCGs). While this assistance is crucial in ensuring a daily quality of life (assisting with basic tasks such as getting dressed, eating, taking a bath/shower), it is still quantitatively and qualitatively a huge problem.

Few PCGs get a proper training, if any, while such formal training hardly exists in EU countries. Most PCGs are low skilled, have to be trained on the field, thus making it a very laborious and at the same time a tricky “adventure” for people with disabilities, but equally for e.g. older people who make use of them.

Raising competence levels of these low-skilled people to be benefit of care recipients is at the core of M-CARE (Mobile Training for Home and Health Caregiver For People with Disabilities and Older People – http://mcare-project.eu). It aims to ensure that VET centres can offer such training anywhere anytime, for low-skilled people (without jobs), or people that want to extend their service provision (independent nurses, caretakers, etc.). Blended training approaches such as simulation both via video and animations, audio, textual training format, including hands-on practicing will be supported by the project.

M-CARE will generate:

  • a dedicated PCG curriculum and relevant training material for different disabilities, applicable in every country in the EU and beyond, provided under a creative commons license (so “free”);
  • innovative ICT-based Web 2.0 mobile/online learning platforms (PC, smartphone and tablet PC) with multilingual interfaces, developed as Open Source applications (“free”), provided freely to VET centres; supported by a learning methodology;
  • piloting with end-users (mainly low skilled people) and beneficiaries (people with disabilities and older people) in Belgium, Germany, Greece and Turkey;
  • provision of online portal with dedicated communities, providing access to PCGs learning modules for VET centres.

The impact of this will be pan-European (VET, ICT driven), and immediately measurable in increased PCG employment.

This project (M-Care – 539913-LLP-1-2013-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP) has been 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.

The AALIANCE2 Project is pleased to announce the first Stakeholder Workshop of the AALIANCE2 Roadmap “Technologies for AAL solutions: AAL application domains” on February 14, 2012, 9.00–16.30, at The BioRobotics Institute, Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Viale Rinaldo Piaggio, 34 in 56025 Pontedera (Pisa), Italy. Contact persons are f.cavallo@sssup.it, m.aquilano@sssup.it, christian.wehrmann@vdivde-it.de.

AALIANCE2 Project is a Coordination Action funded in the FP7-ICT-2011.7, which focuses on the Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) solutions based on advanced ICT technologies for ageing and wellbeing of elderly people in Europe. One of its main objectives is to build consensus upon research priorities in the AAL roadmap and Strategic Research Agenda for the upcoming decades.

This first workshop will focus on the functional areas associable to the AAL application domains (AAL4Person, AAL in the Community) and the relative activities/application scenarios. The objectives are to refine, classify, organize and improve the contents of the first AALIANCE Roadmap, published in March 2010.

Suitable persons for the AALIANCE2 Workshop are experts in the AAL domain, which have experience in some of the following tasks: designing, developing, producing, experimenting, and assessing AAL technologies or studying and defining the main aspects of AAL field. Experts should be AAL technology developers and researchers, ICT service providers and technology suppliers, policy‐makers, standardization organizations, health and care service organizations, caregivers, etc.

We would like to invite you (or some of your staff) to participate in this Workshop as Experts in the field of the AAL or responsible in Projects related to AAL and Ageing Well. The participation in the Workshop is limited to a small number of experts, therefore we ask you to confirm your participation as soon as possible, since the experts will be accepted based on the “who first confirms, first participates in”.
We gently ask you to extend this invitation also to all partners of the AAL project in which you are involved in.

If you accept to participate in the Workshop, you will receive guidelines to participate in the event and contents of the previous AALIANCE Roadmap.

A variety of new features greatly enhance the accessibility of Android 4.0 for blind or visually impaired users. Most important is a new explore-by-touch mode that lets users navigate without having to see the screen. Touching the screen once triggers audible feedback that identifies the UI component below; a second touch in the same component activates it with a full touch event. The new mode is especially important to support users on new devices that use virtual buttons in the System Bar, rather than dedicated hardware buttons or trackballs. Also, standard apps are updated to offer an improved accessibility experience. The Browser supports a script-based screen reader for reading favorite web content and navigating sites. For improved readability, users can also increase the default font size used across the system.

The accessibility experience begins at first setup — a simple touch gesture during setup (clockwise square from upper left) activates all accessibility features and loads a setup tutorial. Once accessibility features are active, everything visible on the screen can be spoken aloud by the standard screen reader.
Source: Android