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Involving people with disabilities from the beginning of a project helps you better understand accessibility issues and implement more effective accessibility solutions. It also broadens your perspective in a way that can lead you to discover new ways of thinking about your product that will make it work better for more people in more situations.

This applies when designing and developing:
– Websites and web applications
– Browsers, media players, and assistive technologies
– Authoring tools such as content management systems (CMS), blog software, and WYSIWYG editors
– Accessibility standards and policies
– Web technologies and technical specifications, such as HTML

in this respect, the W3C WAI Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) published documents to help:

The documents provide guidance on including real users, covering:
– How involving users early helps
– Finding a range of users
– Working with users
– Analyzing accessibility issues
– Drawing conclusions and reporting
– Note for usability professionals
– Combining user involvement with standards
Source: WAI Interest Group

The AALIANCE initiative – “The European Ambient Assisted Living Innovation Alliance” – aims to coordinate the European AAL R&D community and to develop a common strategic vision for short-, mid- and long-term R&D approaches in the AAL context. An important step towards this aim is the release of the Ambient Assisted Living Roadmap for research and innovation which the project consortium has now published on its website.

The full document of 120 pages (including a foreword from Florin Lupescu, Director of Directorate ICT addressing Societal Challenges in DG Information Society and Media of the European Commission) provides an in-depth look into the future of AAL application areas, concepts and technologies until 2025.

The full Roadmap document is available now on the AALIANCE website.
Download: Roadmap (pdf)

Roadmap Evaluation Workshop on 22/23 September 2009 in Eindhoven
In order to present and discuss the roadmap to the AAL R&D community in Europe the AALIANCE consortium organises a validation workshop on the 22 and 23 of September at the High Tech Campus (Philips Facility) in Eindhoven. More information about the workshop and on how to participate can be found here.

29 September 2009 – 1 October 2009 Vienna, Austria
The AAL FORUM 09 is the kick-off event of the international conference series of the AAL Joint Programme and will serve as an information and discussion platform for stakeholders, scientists and users in Europe. It is intended to install the AAL FORUM as the central European AAL meeting place. The thematic priorities of the first AAL FORUM 09 will be national and European AAL activities, R&D projects and economic aspects of the joint programmes, the third AAL call for proposals as well as key questions of the further development of the AAL Joint programme. An exhibition will present institutions, companies, projects, activities and actors of AAL. Workshops for young researchers/PhD students and tutorials on industrial themes and best practice will give the state of the art in AAL. The Forum is organised by the European AAL Association in conjunction with the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Technology and Innovation.

More information at www.aal-europe.eu/.