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The conference “Pathways to Inclusion. Inclusive education and Learning: Challenges and Opportunities” is organized by EASPD (The European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities) together with the Hungarian Association for Lifelong Learning and will take place in Budapest on the 13th and the 14th of September 2012. This event is uploaded on the Comenius/Grundtvig Training Database of the European Commission, which gives you the opportunity to apply for a grant (deadline: 30th April). For specific eligibility criteria and grant application procedures we kindly suggest you to contact your own national agency.

Chronic, degenerative and incurable, Parkinson’s disease affects five out of 1000 Europeans over 60 years old. Researchers from the DiPAR project are now using the latest technologies, including video games, to improve the accuracy of early diagnosis and provide patients with better rehabilitation treatments.

DiPAR will deliver a novel diagnostic system for the early diagnosis of the onset of Parkinson’s disease. As part of the consortium, five European SMEs have come together to form a vertically integrated supply chain to work with four RTD performers to deliver an enhanced version of technology developed by Manus Neurodynamica Ltd. as a proof of concept. The intelligent decision support system will include a unique hand held device, and communications framework, supporting secure patient data transfer between remote clinics and healthcare centres. The final system will be taken through pre‐ clinical trials, conducted at the University Medical Centre Groningen (Netherlands) to demonstrate the efficacy of the system.

Parkinson’s disease affects 5 citizens in every 1000 over the age of 60, is chronic, degenerative and currently incurable. Although there are promising therapies on the horizon, the best patient outcome available today can only be delivered on the basis of early and accurate diagnosis, which would lead to superior management and care planning, resulting in enhanced quality of life for the patient. Across the developed world, the population is ageing, leading to increases per capita in neuromotor conditions.

The commercial exploitation of DiPAR will lead to improvement of the European and global healthcare system via early diagnosis of the illness and will generate significant revenues from the sales and associated support of the diagnostics system, thereby improving the competiveness of the SME partners involved.

The research is enabled by a grant awarded to the consortium by the European Union under the Framework Programme 7.

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HCI International 2013 ( organises a parallel session entitled ‘eInclusion – Policies, Programs, Best Practices … and Lessons Failure Has Taught’. HCII 2013 will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, on 21-26 July 2013.

HCI International 2013 incorporates 12 Conferences / thematic areas, expecting to attract over 2,000 participants from all over the world. The program will feature pre-conference tutorials, an opening session with a keynote address, more than 250 parallel sessions, poster presentations, and an exhibition where attendees will be able to examine state-of-the-art HCI technology and interact with representatives of manufacturers, vendors, publishers, and potential employers. HCI International 2013 promises to be an unforgettable cluster of high quality international scientific events, and an ideal occasion to come to contact with the rapidly evolving ICT market worldwide.

The session ‘eInclusion – Policies, Programs, Best Practices … and Lessons Failure Has Taught’ will be one of the parallel sessions of the ‘Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction’ Conference / Thematic Area. Accepted papers will appear in the Conference Proceedings along with the other regular submissions that will be accepted for oral presentation, following a peer-review process.
The HCI International 2013 Conference Proceedings will be published by Springer in a multi-volume set. Papers will appear in volumes of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) and Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series. Extended Poster abstracts will be published in the Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) series.
All volumes will be available on-line through the SpringerLink Digital Library, readily accessible by all subscribing libraries around the world, and will be indexed by a number of services including EI and ISI CPCI-S.

Farfalla is a web application for enhancing accessibility of any website. It is meant to be easy to configure and to use. It wants to provide users with a lightweight and flexible solution, which can be always available in the cloud, for free.

You can try it right now via the Farfalla website: you only have to click on the bar on the upper-right part of the page to select a profile. Every profile allows accessing different kinds of resources, from text magnification to an onscreen keyboard.

They will add more tools in the future, so if you can’t find anything useful, you could try contacting them and explaining your needs.

Farfalla is based on free technologies such as jQuery, jQuery-UI, PHP and MySQL. Farfalla is Free Software. Its source code is distributed under the GNU Affero General Public License (GNU AGPL). The main developer is Andrea Mangiatordi.


Raising the Floor (RtF) – International are holding an online meeting to discuss the Needs & Numbers program, RtF’s work on quantifying disability and accessibility. This is a follow-up to their panel discussion at CSUN, with Mark Richert of the American Foundation for the Blind and Jim Tobias of Inclusive Technologies.

When: April 18, 1 PM Eastern (GMT-4)

Where: Online; information about participating will be sent to registrants.

Registration and information page.

Raising the Floor (RtF) is an international coalition of individuals and organizations working to ensure that the Internet, and everything available through it, is accessible to people experiencing accessibility barriers due to disability, literacy, or age. Of particular concern are people who are underserved or unserved due to the type or combination of disabilities they have, the part of the world they live in, or the limited resources (financial or program) available to them. A central activity of Raising the Floor – International is coordination of an emerging consortium to build a Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII). For more information see