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Archive for September, 2009

The Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation (HKSR) is proud to announce that the 12th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons (TRANSED 2010) will take place in Hong Kong in 2010.
The theme of TRANSED 2010 is “Sustainable Transport & Travel for All”.
Held every three years, TRANSED conferences are milestone events in the field of accessible transportation, attracting researchers, policy-makers, transport operators, consumers and other specialists worldwide to share innovations and best practices in order to make transportation and mobility accessible to everyone.
The objectives are:
1. to review the advances in research and profile of international breakthroughs, and
2. to explore perspectives for technological innovations in response to the challenges of an ageing population and of persons with disabilities in mobility and also the development of accessible travel.

More information at the event website.

The International Labour Organization released a video entitled “Decent Work for People with Disabilities – Count Us In!”. The video depicts how women and men with disabilities can and want to be members of society. This four minute video, produced by the International Labour Organization, combines music and images to raise awareness about the barriers as well as the actions needed to help people with disabilities obtain decent work and a better life.
More information is available here.

On 29th September to 1st October 2009, a European-wide AAL Forum with the principal focus of reporting, showcasing and discussing the development and use of innovative ICT solutions in support of ageing will be held in Vienna.
About 400-500 participants are expected.
The AAL Forum is open for registrations at, while Information on the AAL Joint Programme is available at For further information about the Forum, please email to

The SOPRANO EU project organises the conference “Ambient Assisted Living- Promising concepts for designing user-friendly technologies” in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, on 19-20 November 2009. The Conference aims to explore Ambient Assisted Living concepts by bringing together experts from academia and industry to discuss AAL application design, user involvement, technologies and market potential. In addition, participants will be able to present their work through posters and will have the chance to visit the SOPRANO smart home, where technologies developed within the project are presented.
The conference will take place at the Evoluon Conference Centre in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, as a side-event of the “Beurs Domotica & Slim Wonen” annual exhibition.
Key Dates
Early Registration: 6 November 2009
Poster submission: 23 October 2009
“Beurs Domotica & Slim Wonen” Exhibition: 18-19 November 2009
SOPRANO conference presentations: 19 November 2009
Visits to SOPRANO Smart Home: 20 November 2009

For more details and registration please visit the Conference webpage or email us at

On 27 October 2009, the event “Assistive Technologies: what is their place in the mainstream market?” is organised.
Assistive technologies for older and disabled people have previously been provided through public sector providers such as local authority equipment services and through independent specialist outlets. However current DoH policy is encouraging the mainstreaming of such devices through high street retailers. This significant change presents both opportunities and challenges. The aim of this day is to bring together different stakeholders to discuss and debate the issues.

Event organisers:
Professor Gail Mountain, Director KT-EQUAL, Sheffield University
Ms Verity Smith, Coordinator KT-EQUAL

St Mary’s Conference Centre
Bramall Lane
S2 4QZ
Tel.: 0114 2230223

More information can be found here.

The European Parliament offers traineeship opportunities for persons with disabilities. The 7th traineeship period will start on 1 March 2010 for 6 months and the application period has just started.

You can find the call for applications (open until 15 October 2009) here.
Seven to nine traineeships will be offered. For further information, contact: