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A free-to-use font designed to help people with dyslexia is gaining favour.

A B and C from the OpenDyslexic font - designed to give 'gravity' to letters to prevent the characters rotating in readers' minds

A B and C from the OpenDyslexic font – designed to give ‘gravity’ to letters to prevent the characters rotating in readers’ minds

OpenDyslexic’s characters have been given “heavy-weighted bottoms” to prevent them from flipping and swapping around in the minds of their readers.

A recent update to the popular app Instapaper has adopted the text format as an option for its users.

The font has also been built into a word processor, an ebook reader and has been installed on school computers.

The project was created by Abelardo Gonzalez, a New Hampshire-based mobile app designer, who released his designs onto the web at the end of last year.

Source: BBC

For a list of other demonstration days of AEGIS across Europe, go this overview page.

Beste,

Het AEGIS project dat ondersteunende (en gratis) software ontwikkelt voor PC, gsm en internet organiseert op 29 en 30 mei 2012, telkens vanaf 9.30u in de ochtend tot 17.30 in de avond demonstratiedagen in Leuven waarbij iedereen welkom is die interesse heeft. Dit gebeurt in samenwerking met de KULeuven en EPR (European platform for Rehabilitation).

De 29ste richten we ons vooral op toepassingen voor personen met visuele beperkingen, terwijl de 30ste de nadruk ligt op oplossingen voor personen met andere beperkingen.

Volgende toepassingen zullen echter op BEIDE dagen kunnen worden getoond:

Smartphone/Tablet
- Android Accessible Contact Manager and Phone Dialer: Functionaliteit vriendelijke toepassing, met tevens ondersteuning TTS.
- AEGIS Contact Manager for Java: Functionaliteit vriendelijke toepassing.
- Mobile Dasher (for Android and iPhone): Alternatieve manier van tekst input voor Android of iPhone smartphone.
- Tecla Access Keyboard: Alternatieve manier van tekst input voor Android smartphone of tablet.
- AEGIS Real Time Text: real time tekst versturen tussen 2 gsms (Symbian gebaseerd).
- Screen reader for Java mobile: screenreader voor Java gebaseerde gsm (nog niet zeker dat we dit op tijd kunnen tonen)
- CCF-SymbolDroid: Tekst naar symbolen, symbolen naar tekst (Android smartphone of tablet)

Internet toegankelijkheid via browser die wordt aangetoond via een reeks online functionaliteiten die met screenreaders kunnen worden bediend:
- Accessible Calendar
- Accessible Widgets for MooTools
- Accessibility Advisor
- CMS demonstrator
- LWUIT accessible components and themes

Desktop/PC/laptop
- CCF-SymbolWriter: Tekst naar symbolen, symbolen naar tekst
- Odt2Daisy: Odt documenten naar Daisy bestanden omzetten.
- odt2Braille: Odt documenten naar Braille bestanden omzetten.
- AccessODF: Toegankelijkheidschecker voor OpenOffice/LibreOffice
- Improved language files for eSpeak and training manual: verbeterde TTS teopassing, ook voor Nederlands uit België.

Belangrijk: wilt u dit ter plaatse zelf testen, dan is dit uiteraard mogelijk op verschillende apparaten die ter beschikking zullen staan. Maar als u uw eigen laptop meebrengt of Android/iPhone smartphone/tablet, dan kunnen we dit ook daarop ter plaatse installeren.

Plaats van afspraak: 122-01 SW Fac. Sociale Wetensch. – Alma2, Parkstraat 45, 3000 LEUVEN, Lokaalnummer: Raadzaal SW (SW 00.113).

Toegang is gratis en een broodjeslunch zal ter beschikking worden gesteld.

Wil je je alvast inschrijven, contacteer ons dan via aegis@epr.eu met aanduiding welke dag je zou komen, alsook of het in de voormiddag (9.30-12.30) of namiddag (13.30-17.30) zou zijn.

Hierbij de routebeschrijving voor de bus vanaf Leuven station:
- Bus 2 (normaal gezien op perron 6 – busperrons liggen rechts als je uit het station komt) Kessel-lo-Heverlee richting Heverlee nemen, tot aan de halte Heilig Hartkliniek (ongeveer 8 minuten). Van daar is het nog 5 minuten wandelen (ongeveer 400m) naar Parkstraat 45.
- Hierbij ook nog een link naar onze contactgegevens op de website, met o.a. routebeschrijving voor auto, en melding dat als je met de auto komt, we een parkeerplaats kunnen reserveren.

Tot dan!

Het AEGIS-team
Lieve, Mark, Karel

Mailing by AEGIS project

We would like to introduce you to our Open Accessibility Everywhere Group (OAEG) which you may reach at http://www.oaeg.eu/.

This is an effort that is taking place in the context of the AEGIS IP project, which is running its fourth and last year of life.

OAEG aims to collect and provide information on Open Source Accessibility in various ways, through mobility schemes, through its Open Source Accessibility Repository, through its Blog Aggregator and its Open Accessibility Framework linked to AEGIS semantics.

Feel free to go and visit our site and join our blog aggregator, search the solutions in the repository and upload your own one, comment our content and come back to us through our on-line forms in each section or directly at OAEG-RSVP@aegis-project.eu.

As AEGIS is approaching its end (end of August 2012), we hope this will be an opportunity for us all to be in communication with you and plan together our common future research roadmap.

AEGIS released the Open Accessibility Framework (D1.2.1 AEGIS OAF and high-level architecture). It consists of two things:

  • A document describing the framework of things needed for 3rd generation accessibility, as validated by the prototypes and user/developer feedback in AEGIS
  • A collection of largely open source prototypes and code Deliverables implementing various aspects of the OAF, proven in AEGIS and contributed back to the open source projects of which they are part

This Deliverable (D1.2.1) contains the initial AEGIS Open Accessibility Framework (OAF) description. It is based upon:

  • The accessibility API and framework support from the existing Open Desktop (GNOME Accessibility framework) and the Java platform (the Java Accessibility API, keyboard operability guidelines, and theme support);
  • The AEGIS generic accessibility framework requirements (AEGIS ID1.2.1).

In addition, this Deliverable is informed by the early feedback from AEGIS consortium developments – highlighting anticipated areas that the OAF will necessarily need to cover. This includes:

  • ARIA implementations on various UI elements,
  • Initial work on JavaFX accessibility,
  • Alternate input systems for users with physical impairments (both for the open desktop as well as “thought experiments” for mobile),
  • Development of the RIM Blackberry mobile accessibility API and its use by the Oratio screen reader.

Finally, this Deliverable is informed by developments in the field of accessibility external to AEGIS development work. This includes:

  • ISO 13066 work to standardize AT-IT interoperability generally, and specifically to codify the set of information that must be provided via accessibility APIs;
  • The U.S. Access Board release of their “Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” for the refresh of the Section 508 and Section 255 accessibility regulations/guidelines;
  • The Apple iPhone 3GS/4 (and iPad) which include a built-in screen reader and screen magnifier, both of which rely on a new set of multi-touch gestures for use;
  • The Android v1.6 and later operating system which includes the ‘Talk Back’ screen reading functionalit.

This initial OAF description will be updated throughout the remainder of the AEGIS project with the practical information we gain from implementing it in the desktop, web, and mobile space.

For more information, visit the OAEG OAF section. It outlines the Six Steps to Making an Accessible World: The Open Accessibility Framework.

AEGIS is an Integrated Project (IP) within the ICT programme of FP7.

AEGIS project organises its final Workshop and 2nd International Conference entitled “Accessibility Reaching Everywhere” on 28-30 November 2011 in Brussels, bringing 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.

Access to both events will be free, but places will be limited.

Download the call for papers also as pdf.

We kindly invite you and your colleagues to submit papers in the following categories:

  • Scientific papers
  • Technical papers

Conference topics (non-exhaustive list):

  • Accessible desktop applications (AT, developer tools and accessible applications)
  • Accessible mobile applications (AT, developer tools and accessible applications)
  • Accessible Rich Internet Applications (AT, developer tools and accessible applications)
  • Accessibility and Standardisation (e.g. ISO, eInclusion, Policies, Legislation)
  • Accessibility and Usability (e.g. Design for All)
  • Accessibility research (e.g. Assistive technology usage by end-users and their satisfaction, innovative AT training via accessible e-learning)

Important dates:

  • Abstract submission deadline: 30th April 2011
  • Notification of acceptance abstract submission: 31st of May 2011
  • Paper submission deadline: 30th June 2011
  • Notification of acceptance and outcome of review process: 15th September 2011
  • Final camera ready papers: 31 October 2011
  • Registration by 31st October 2011

Abstracts submission:

Abstracts submitted in the context of one of the above topics should not exceed 500 words. The title, authors and their contact and affiliation details (authors’ email address, telephone and fax number and affiliation name and address) as well as keywords (up to five) should be included.

Under the title of your abstract, please quote the relevant conference topic. We would strongly recommend you to propose more than one conference topics, if applicable, quoting them in priority order.

Authors who are unable to provide an electronic version or have other circumstances that prevent such submission must contact us (info@aegis-project.eu) prior to submission to discuss alternative options.

Abstracts should be submitted to info@aegis-project.eu by 30th April 2011.

Submission declaration:

Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis), that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, without the written consent of the copyright-holder.

Any manuscript not complying with the above requirements will not be accepted.

Publications:

Abstracts and camera-ready papers as well as exhibition applications will be reviewed by the ÆGIS Scientific Committee. The final versions of the accepted camera-ready papers will be published and will be made available during the conference. The authors of each accepted submission are required to give a presentation at the conference and must register by 31 October 2011.

In addition, the authors of the accepted technical papers will be invited to publish their software (where relevant) in the Open Source Community.

Looking forward to meet you and welcome you to our Community!

Guidelines for Final Paper:

Download Guidelines for Final Papers (.doc).

Logo of ViPi project

Logo of ViPi project

PhoenixKM (Belgium) coordinates the ViPi project that aims to provide a “one-stop-shop” interactive portal & learning environment, targeted towards trainers and trainees, with particular attention towards people with disabilities. The project partnership brings together organizations and companies from Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, UK and Lithuania.
BELGIUM, BRUSSELS – 26 January 2011 – An estimated 45 million people in Europe have a long-standing health problem or disability (LSHPD), being 16% of men and women aged 16-64 in the EU as a whole (2002 EU Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the 2004 EU Statistics on Incomes and Living Conditions).
33% of the people with LSHPD are not restricted in the kind or amount of work they could do or their mobility to and from work. Figures vary largely across EU members (10-50%).
This difference is directly linked to the level of prosperity and the assistance available. Of those that are considerably restricted in their ability to work, 28% were in employment, while for those that are not restricted in their ability to work, this is estimated at 68%.
Today the fast development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) provides alternative and creative solutions for the employment of people with disabilities. Recent studies conducted by various projects such as ACCESSIBLE and AEGIS have highlighted that people with disabilities (PwD) can benefit enormously from digital competences which are core life and employability skills (see Lisbon Objectives). However, same and other studies revealed also that the main barrier is the lack of specific training support or material. In addition to that, a number of other skills such as literacy and numeracy skills equally form a potential barrier towards employment of PwD.
ViPi project envisages fulfilling the gap of accessible and flexible training, designed to meet the specific needs of people with disabilities, as well as the trainers themselves.
ViPi project will develop an interactive online platform where people with disabilities can access a wide variety of ICT training courses and serious games for acquiring ICT skills, while trainers will be able to upload and download specific learning objects, using a semantically enriched environment to improve the searchability, thus increasing the relevance of the results obtained.
ViPi platform will comprise a virtual collaborative learning environment for people with disabilities and their trainers to interact, providing a vast repository of learning objects (LOs) that focus on basic ICT literacy. This will allow people with disabilities to grasp these core skills and become able to enter or sustain their employment in the regular labour market. The platform will be enriched with intuitive and accessible mobile and Internet/PC based educational/serious games. Additionally, also a mobile Android based social application linked with ViPi platform will be deployed.
Furthermore, ViPi will also develop a customized and localized curriculum on ICT skills and training, with various additional training materials (different formats), and a trainer handbook. All project outcomes will initially be available in Dutch, English, Greek and Lithuanian languages.
The Project partnership consists of Steficon (Greece), Hypertech (Greece), Hiteco (Lithuania), Nottingham Trent University (the UK), and EuroCy Innovations Ltd. (Cyprus), while the Project Coordinator is PhoenixKM (Belgium). More information can be found on www.ViPi-project.eu and twitter.com/ViPi_project.
The ViPi KA3 LLL project has been partially funded under the Lifelong Learning program, subprogramme KA3 ICT.