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Archive for August, 2009

What is needed to reinvigorate the European Ageing agenda? What are the visions of ICT industry and businesses in the coming decades? How do older people, care organisations and policymakers react to business visions? We live in a world of technology communications, products and services, a world where our work, quality of life, health, and environment are all being transformed by technology. With progressive ageing of the European and worldwide population a new strategic thinking is required in business and beyond. Tackling the needs of an older population means new ways of thinking, social innovation and taking a holistic approach to ageing: at work, at home and in the community. The aim of the workshop is to identify how ICT Industry and businesses are or will be creating a new ageing vision within their own companies, with their products and services.
It takes place on 6 October 2009 at the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium. More info at AGE-platform website.

The 25th Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference invites submissions of papers for this conference to be held March 22 – 27, 2010 at the San Diego Manchester Grand Hyatt hotel. The “CSUN” conference is the world’s longest-running and largest conference of its kind on the topic of assistive technology and the positive impact on persons with disabilities. The conference draws more than 4,500 persons annually who attend sessions, visit the exhibit halls, and participate in affiliate meetings and informal gatherings. The Call for Papers opened on Monday, August 24, 2009 and will close on Friday, October 16, 2009.
More info at CSUN website.

Course graduates can expect to be able to contribute to the challenges of delivering realistic solutions which meet the needs of older and disabled people and others who are at risk of digital exclusion. The course is relevant for academics and industrialists from Europe and worldwide.

Teaching and learning
The course is taught part time in a modular format over two years. For each module you must attend the intensive on campus teaching week followed by 10 or 11 weeks of eLearning.

– Fundamentals of Digital Inclusion
– Design for All regulation, legislation & standards
– Inclusive design & user experience
– Accessible web design
– Digital Inclusion thesis

Students successfully completing all 5 modules will be awarded MSc Digital Inclusion, students successfully completing the first four modules only (excluding the thesis) will be awarded PGDip

Starting September 2009 – 2010
– Module One – Fundamentals of Digital Inclusion
On Campus Teaching – Monday 28th Sept to Friday 2nd October 2009
– Module Two – Design for All, regulation, legislation and standardisation
On Campus Teaching – Monday 11th January to Friday 15th January 2010

Admission requirements
Either: a good honours degree in a relevant discipline including: computing, information sciences, web design, product design as well humanities, or you can show relevant work experience having worked in the area for three years or more.

For more information:
Please contact the programme leader (Gill Whitney): or telephone 07905 622471
See for further details, fees, application forms, etc.

Just like last year, Trieste University is launching the call for a Master in Assistive Technology. In order to collect in due time the interests of the potential participants to the Master in Assistive Technology of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Trieste for the academic year 2009-2010, please contact Fiorenza Scotti ( The Master should be held in January 2010 and the call should be opened the first days of September.

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 are completely anonymous, and are available in German, Greek, Portuguese, Italian, English, and Bulgarian.

– As received from the MARE project –
Once again you are kindly invited to spend a few minutes to complete anonymous questionnaire only 6 questions on-line on the Web (language EN, IT, ES) about the satisfaction of Assistive technology or services related used.
For us your contribution is the most important, as we really want to make the future AT development analysis and the possible improvements of this sector, which makes the ageing and disabled daily life easier. At the moment we are lacking the answers from the users of AT, and you only you, the user of AT can say the exact problems faced everyday According to this analysis and the second one the EC will publish the guidelines for 2020 for public authorities and AT business sector in Europe.
We thank you in advance for your participation.