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From February 22-26, 2010 the GNOME community will hold a Usability hackfest in London, England.
As GNOME 3.0 approaches, a usability focused hackfest is overdue. This hackfest will provide the GNOME Usability team an opportunity to focus, set goals, and accomplish work to prepare the GNOME community for the GNOME 3.0 transition and the future.
The event will be held at the Canonical offices in London, England. The address is as follows:
27th floor, 21-24 Millbank Tower
London SW1P 4QP UK
This location is near Pimlico Station (which is on the Victoria line) and Westminster Station (which is on the Jubilee and District and Circle lines).
More info at the event website.

ACCESSIBLE project is organising its first Workshop on “accessibility simulation technologies and standards issues”, within the frame of the 12th ICCHP conference in Vienna. The Workshop will be held on Tuesday 13 of July 2010, in the context of the ICCHP pre-conference in Vienna.
The ICCHP, International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, 2010 wants to highlight the progress of the issue of Interfacing the existing and emerging Human-Computer Interface as well as its achievements, and plot a R&D-roadmap towards such challenges, which will ensure even higher product and service usability.
The invitation and the program of the Workshop will be published soon.
For more information visit the event website.

The 12th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility takes place on October 25 – 27, 2010 in Orlando, Florida, USA.
The ASSETS conference explores the use of computing and information technologies to help persons with disabilities and older adults. ASSETS is the premier forum for presenting innovative research on the design and use of both mainstream and specialized assistive technologies. This includes the use of technology by and in support of:
– individuals with hearing, sight and other sensory impairments
– individuals with motor impairments
– individuals with memory, learning and cognitive impairments
– individuals with multiple impairments
– older adults
– professionals who work with these populations
All contributions are peer-reviewed by an international Program Committee. Accepted papers, posters and demonstrations will be archived in the ACM digital library. Select authors will be invited to submit extended versions to a special issue of the ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing (TACCESS).
More information on the event website.

On 13 and 14 September 2010, INCLUSO will organise in Leuven (Arenberg Castle, Heverlee-Belgium) an international conference on eInclusion of Youth at Risk gathering international specialists in the field of social software use and improvement of social inclusion for disadvantaged youngsters. We expect also delegates from decision making groups such as governments and the European Commission.
The main trust is a collection of practical results in this field and the prioritisation of future actions.
INCLUSO is a collaborative project between seven European partners, funded by the European Union in its 7th Framework programme of research.
More information at the INCLUSO project website.

i-CREATe 2010 4th premier convention will be held in Shanghai, China on 21-23 July 2010. The convention is dedicated to promote assistive technologies to improve the lives of the elderly and people with disabilities and provide a platform to address current and future development in these areas. The highlights of i-CREATe 2010 are “Travel, Employment, Education, Leisure and Sports”, all aiming to integrate people with special needs into the society. In this premier event, you will meet leaders from various fields of assistive technology, service delivery, R & D funding agencies and policymakers, researchers, therapists, practitioners and more.
More information at the conference website.

JISC TechDis has launched a new internet browser tool that will make information on the web more accessible for everyone, especially disabled users.
The JISC TechDis toolbar has been created in partnership with the University of Southampton’s School of Electronics and Computer Science. The free application, released as a beta version, provides a range of editing and speech tools to enable internet users to better access information and interact with web pages.
JISC Techdis Toolbar has been created as an open-source, cross-browser toolbar to help aid students customise their browser in a manner to aid learning.
The concept behind JISC Techdis Toolbar is simple: One toolbar to provide all of the functionality you would usually get in many different products, and which will run in any desktop web browser. There are two versions of JISC Techdis Toolbar available, depending on what you want to do with it. If you are a user, you have two choices – either install the Full version, or grab the quick install Lite version.
More information on the JISC website. A JISC Techdis Toolbar Demonstration is also available.

Click here to use the JISC Techdis Toolbar Lite on Access For All website.