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European Foundation Forum for inclusion – Leveraging the European Accessibility Act to promote change

This conference will be a moment for foundations, policymakers, associations and other organisations to discuss the mainstreaming aspect of accessibility within the different facets of society and to pinpoint some successful examples that showcase potential replicability. It furthermore will be an occasion for foundations and other stakeholders to learn from their peers and exchange knowledge about different funding models applied in different countries and contexts.

This conference is organised by the European Foundation Centre in collaboration with the foundation members of the EFC Disability Thematic Network: ESSL Foundation, Fondazione Banca del Monte di Lucca, Fundación ONCE, Genio, King Baudouin Foundation, Lumos, and Sabanci Foundation.

22 June 2016, 09h00 – 16h30
EESC – European Economic and Social Committee
Brussels, Belgium
(Van Maerlant Building, Room VM3)
Rue Van Maerlant 2
Brussels, Belgium

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The conference will be held on 8 June 2015 at the Cité des Sciences in Paris in conjunction with the 2015 Daisy Consortium Board Meeting. The theme of this year’s conference is e-Accessible Knowledge.

Knowledge is a key driver of social and economic development. It helps shape individual and collective identity and can be a tool for empowerment and inclusion. Access to the digital tools of production, distribution and acquisition of knowledge for people with disabilities is therefore of crucial importance in modern society. This conference will explore how ICTs can help to overcome disparities and greatly enhance access to knowledge for all.

This year’s impressive speaker lineup includes:

  • US attorney Daniel GOLDSTEIN who will outline legislative and litigation efforts taken to make accessible instructional technology and materials the default, before looking at what efforts need to be taken to fix the barriers students with disabilities are still facing in instruction.
  • Betsy BEAUMON of the DIAGRAM Center who will present new standards and resources available to educational content creators to help them create complex images that are “born accessible”.
  • Dr Edouard GENTAZ of Geneva University who will present the different forms of learning used by humans during their development and explore how multisensory approaches, some of which integrate new technologies, can help develop basic skills such as reading, writing and geometry.

Other confirmed speakers include Alex BERNIER of BrailleNet, George KERSCHER of the DAISY Consortium, Jean MILLERAT of the French National Center for Distance Learning, Paul NISBET of CALL Scotland, Neil SOIFFER of Design Science and Volker SORGE of the University of Birmingham.

To book your place, visit the conference website at http://eaf2015.braillenet.org.

First announcement ENTELIS SEMINAR: Supporting the development of digital skills of persons with disabilities of all ages – Policies, strategies and tools
26-27 November 2014 – Bologna Italy

The digital divide is a fact. Many people with disabilities do not participate, or experience difficulties in fully participating, in the digital society. There are many factors that contribute to this situation, ranging from environmental factors (physical and cultural barriers) to person-related factors, such as lack of training or unfamiliarity with technology. The ENTELIS network aims to reduce the digital divide by fostering exchange of information and good practice, by networking all relevant stakeholders and by contributing to policy development. The seminar will address the entire range of factors within a holistic perspective. However, in investigating possible solutions, it will particularly focus on person-related factors: it will explore how actions and measures aimed at the person’s empowerment and digital skills development can improve participation and freedom of choice in the digital society.

The pre-Seminar event (Wednesday 26 afternoon) will be targeted to the public-at-large, including policy-makers, journalists, non-governmental organisations, self-advocacy groups. Participation is free of charge. Registration is encouraged.

The Seminar (Thursday 27, full day) will be mainly targeted to education and rehabilitation professionals, service providers, researchers and experts in information technology and assistive technology. It will include keynote speeches, selected contributions from the participants and parallel working groups. It will be organised in such a way to promote the maximum amount of information exchange, reciprocal learning, networking and project incubation.

Fee: 150 Euro. Free of charge for ENTELIS partners and for members of AAATE, EASPD and EVBB. Registration is required.

Call for presentations (abstracts), programme and registration information: www.entelis.net

The seminar is held in the framework of the thematic event: (Assistive) technology as a Human Rights Enabler Bologna 26-29 November 2014

Open call for contributions to the ENTELIS seminar programme (pdf)

INVITATION to Final Conference

T-EST – Transfer of Employment
Support Tools for People with Disabilities
September 19th, 2014
Wyndham İzmir Özdilek Hotel
İzmir, Turkey

T-EST project logo

T-EST project logo

Jugend am Werk Steiermark together with T-EST project partnership is pleased to invite you to the international conference on the employment of people with disabilities in İzmir, Turkey on September 19th, 2014. The conference is organized as a final event of a Leonardo da Vinci Transfer of Innovation Project titled ‘Transfer of Employment Support Tools for People with Disabilities T-EST’ (LLP-LDV-TOI-12-AT-0011). The Project is supported by Austrian National Agency under the Lifelong Learning Programme of the EU.

The conference will focus on the Supported Employment Tool developed by EUSE and its transfer to the partner countries Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey. Project partners will discuss implementation process of supported employment in their countries. The conference will provide opportunities for the different stakeholders to exchange experiences.

We are looking forward to meeting you in İzmir!

PRACTICAL INFORMATION:

  • Date: September 19th, 2014
  • Venue: Wyndham İzmir Özdilek Hotel, İnciraltı Street No 67, Balçova, İzmir, 35340 TURKEY, Tel: +90 23 22921300, www.wyndhamizmir.com
  • Conference Language: English- Turkish
  • Registration: please send an e-mail to kalemguldan@gmail.com with a “Subject: T-EST Conference” stating your full name, institution and your contact details. The registration for the conference is open till September 1st, 2014. The registered participants of the conference will receive an e-mail concerning the practical arrangements before the event.
  • Participation fee: Participation to conference is FREE.
  • Travel and accommodation expenses are covered by participants. In order to benefit from special conference rate at Wyndham İzmir Özdilek Hotel please send an e-mail to Ms. Emel ŞENOL emel.senol@wyndhamizmir.com with a “Subject: T-EST Conference” indicating your accommodation preferences. Your booking will be confirmed based on availability.
  • Price per room/night: Single 200 TRY, Double 235 TRY
  • Contact Details: Güldan Kalem, kalemguldan@gmail.com, Tel: +90 232 445 8313

More information will be available on the project website: www.t-est.eu

M-Care logo

M-Care logo

M-Care (Mobile Training for Home and Health Caregiver For People with Disabilities and Older People – http://mcare-project.eu/) has just released its pan-European survey among current or potential personal care givers (PCGs) in Turkey, Bulgaria, Belgium, Germany and Greece. In addition, they also contact people with disabilities (PwD), older people, family members of PwD, policy makers, training/VET centres and care centres in order to:

  • identify the needs of the project’s end-users (personal caregivers for people with disabilities and/or older people) and beneficiaries (PwD, older people, family members, stakeholders).
  • obtain a good perception of the need for adjustments in existing PCG training practices to enable the trainees (users) and beneficiaries to achieve personal accomplishment and satisfaction.
  • define a set of learning activities appropriate to and usable across a range of identified user needs.
  • gain familiarity with the nature and potential value of adjustments in training methods and in learning strategies to meet the needs of end-users and beneficiaries.
  • identify and highlight similarities and differences between national contexts in the partner countries.

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This project (M-Care – 539913-LLP-1-2013-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP) has been funded with support from the European Commission. This website reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

In 2014, disabled people continue to face challenges in many areas of their lives. Many of these challenges involve attitudes. But what do attitudes towards disabled people currently look like? This report brings together a range of research that Scope has commissioned over the last two years to understand current attitudes towards disability and disabled people.

This also has a direct impact towards employability.

You can download the report here (pdf).

As reported on in http://www.scope.org.uk/About-Us/Research-and-Policy/Publication-directory/Current-attitudes-towards-disabled-people.