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Archive for July, 2009

In order to assess the use of Person Centred Technology (PCT) which includes all ICT and EAT devices, the ImPaCT project launched an online survey ( The gathered information will then be used by the ImPaCT in Europe project team to evaluate and promote the benefits of PCT for people with disabilities.

Completing the questionnaire should not take too long, and your inputs will be invaluable!
In case of questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Miriana Giraldi.

With inclusion in the information society growing in importance, the Commission has identified the urgent need to clarify ethical issues in order to respect the rights of users and enable thriving markets to develop (June 2007 Commission Communication on Ageing Well in the Information Society and the November 2007 Communication on e-Inclusion). Ethical issues related to inclusion in the information society concern amongst others ICT for healthy and independent living of elderly people, assistive technologies for persons with disabilities, ICT for integration of marginalised young people or migrants. All these themes were discussed in a workshop held in Brussels on 16 March 2009 – the first of a series of three – organised by the eInclusion Unit. Objective of these meetings is to set up criteria for selecting best ethical practices in the field of eInclusion as seen by all stakeholders: industry, research community, civil society, regional authorities, end users. Participation was restricted to speakers and a selected stakeholder and expert panel.

More information here.

The e-Access II project aims to provide users with disabilities, especially users with visual impairments and motor disabilities, with learning opportunities to explore accessible training content and e-training courses. The e-Access II project invites users with low vision, color blindness, and motor disabilities, as well as professionals in vocational education and training fields to register in its web portal. Once they register, they will be able to learn new skills and concepts by downloading accessible training content and e-training courses. e-Access II is a project supported by the Lifelong Learning Programme, Leonardo da Vinci Sectoral Programme of the European Commission.

To register, follow this link.

29 September 2009 – 1 October 2009 Vienna, Austria
The AAL FORUM 09 is the kick-off event of the international conference series of the AAL Joint Programme and will serve as an information and discussion platform for stakeholders, scientists and users in Europe. It is intended to install the AAL FORUM as the central European AAL meeting place. The thematic priorities of the first AAL FORUM 09 will be national and European AAL activities, R&D projects and economic aspects of the joint programmes, the third AAL call for proposals as well as key questions of the further development of the AAL Joint programme. An exhibition will present institutions, companies, projects, activities and actors of AAL. Workshops for young researchers/PhD students and tutorials on industrial themes and best practice will give the state of the art in AAL. The Forum is organised by the European AAL Association in conjunction with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Technology and Innovation.

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