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European survey on training and usage of Assistive Technologies

ATLEC (Assistive Technology Learning Through a Unified Curriculum – www.atlec-project.eu) is currently conducting a European survey on the training and usage of assistive technologies (AT).

ATLEC focuses on training people with disabilities in being aware of and being able to use assistive technologies, whilst also creating the job profile of an ICT AT trainer, therefore giving people with disabilities another route into employment or self-employment.

Recent surveys with AT users and specialists throughout Europe have highlighted and confirmed that the lack of appropriate or sufficient training is the core barrier towards using AT by end-users. This lack of training is subsequently also recognised as the main barrier to securing or maintaining employment within a regular working environment.

A number of training initiatives exist but they mainly address training of the trainers and professionals working with people with disabilities, and not the actual beneficiaries (people with disabilities), who remain largely unaware of the huge range of available ICT-AT or of the potential it provides for them to build their skills, their employability or their independence.

To better grasp the problems with current training practices (or the lack of), we launched a survey that is targeted towards:

  • Parent / Carer / Personal Assistant of a person with a disability
  • Support Organisation representing people with disabilities
  • Educator (Teacher/Further Education or VET Trainer/Higher Education Tutor)
  • AT Provider (e.g. manufacturer, distributor, occupational therapist, etc)
  • Policy Maker (for education, disability, employment).

The survey focuses on the AT training that is available and aims to gather feedback on the quality of the training. The online survey can be found at:

If interested to participate, please complete the online survey.

Thank you in advance for your contribution.

ATLEC project team:

Oak Field School, Nottingham (UK)
PhoenixKM BVBA (Belgium)
Disability Now (Greece)
Associazione Italiana Assistenza Spastici (A.I.A.S) (Italy)
University Of Athens (Greece)
Greenhat Interactive Ltd (UK)

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The ATLEC (Assistive Technology Learning Through A Unified Curriculum – 518229-LLP-1-2011-1-UK-LEONARDO-LMP) project has been partially funded under the Lifelong Learning program. This message reflects the views only of the author(s), and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

 
Tecla at W3C Mobile Accessibility Online Symposium

During the W3C Mobile Accessibility Online Symposium on 25 June 2012, AEGIS will present in "Assessment of Keyboard Interface Accessibility in Mobile Browsers" the importance of keyboard accessibility even to mobile devices with no keyboard (and how Tecla and VoiceOver can be used for testing this). Authors and participants: Jan Richards, Alison Benjamin (previously at Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University), Jorge Silva, and Greg Gay, all from the Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University, Canada.

 
Open Accessibility Everywhere Group (OAEG)

 

We would like to introduce you to our Open Accessibility Everywhere Group (OAEG) which you may reach at http://www.oaeg.eu/.

This is an effort that is taking place in the context of the AEGIS IP project, which is running its fourth and last year of life.

OAEG aims to collect and provide information on Open Source Accessibility in various ways, through mobility schemes, through its Open Source Accessibility Repository, through its Blog Aggregator and its Open Accessibility Framework linked to AEGIS semantics.

Feel free to go and visit our site and join our blog aggregator, search the solutions in the repository and upload your own one, comment our content and come back to us through our on-line forms in each section or directly at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

As AEGIS is approaching its end (end of August 2012), we hope this will be an opportunity for us all to be in communication with you and plan together our common future research roadmap.

 

 
AEGIS at ITAG 2012

Gaming may sometimes be seen as a pastime which subverts the mind of players but a conference in Nottingham later this year aims to show how they can make a positive difference to people's lives.

The annual Interactive Technologies and Games is calling for academic papers which focus on how people with disablilities can benefit from games.

It will look at the issues of accessibility and rehabilitation while also looking at gaming's impact on education, health and welfare.

Among the topics being discussed will be the social and collaborative aspects of games including how Massively Multiplayer Online Games can help pensioners.

It will also study learning theory, pedagogy and instructional design in games, handheld learning in the classroom, serious games for clinical assessment, rehabilitation and treatment, using contemporary games controllers to create new opportunities in health and rehabilitation applications and alternative input modalities to games for people with disabilities.

Professor David Brown, Nottingham Trent University lecturer and Conference Chair for ITAG, said, “One of the main aims of the conference, along with the research it aims to disseminate, is accessibility - in games, in assistive technologies and this includes welcoming practitioners and user communities to the conference to share their own work in these fields and to talk about their research needs, and how these can be realised by finding research partners at the conference.”

The conference, held by Nottingham Trent University, will take place on October 23 and 24 at the Nottingham Conference Centre as part of the annual GameCity event.

Iain Simons, Nottingham Trent University lecturer and GameCity Director, said: “ITAG provides a rich, vital new seam of activity and perspective to the GameCity festival, anchoring it to an academic and social agenda which amplifies the activities we already pursue.“

AEGIS and ACCESSIBLE projects will be represented with a dedicated booth.

Source: The Independent

 
First Cloud4all Pan-European User Forum July 10th, 2012

Cloud platforms Lead to Open and Universal access for people with Disabilities and for All European Commission, FP7 Project 289016

 

First Cloud4all Pan-European User Forum July 10th, 2012, University of Linz, Altenbergerstraße 69, 4040 Linz, Austria

 

Dear colleague,

We would like to kindly invite you to the First Pan-European User Forum of the Cloud4all Project to be held in conjunction with the ICCHP that will take place in Linz, Austria on July 10th, 2012.

Cloud4all is a groundbreaking technology platform allowing everybody to feel comfortable using any kind of software. The platform is most useful for people with disabilities and older people. It allows its users to face the same interface every time they use a computer, any computer or mobile device. It will also give access to thousands of software applications designed specially for them. Cloud4all users have easier access to on-line shopping, e-government and health services, culture and leisure, e-banking, job search and learning. Cloud4all also provides a common platform for developers to write software specific for this community. It is also useful for people who want to rest their eyes or hands and for with little computer literacy.

This User Forum will provide an opportunity for the end-users of the project, elderly people and people with disabilities and their representatives (tutors, trainers, carers), as well as other stakeholders and experts, to give their technical and practical feedback, suggestions and concerns about prototypes of the project solutions. Presentations of the cloud solutions will be grouped so that participants can discuss and evaluate those that specifically affect their own disability.

Your expertise and collaboration will be vital to the success of the project and for the well being of people with disabilities.

The tentative agenda is:

  • 9.00 – 9.30: Registration
  • 9.30 – 10.00: Cloud4all general presentation
  • 9.45 – 10.15: Cloud4all technical presentation
  • 10.15 – 10.30: Examples
  • 10.30 – 11.00: Coffee break
  • 11.00 – 12.30: Interactive (via discussion) generic use case user scenario presentation
  • 12.30 – 13.00: Discussion and conclusion

We look forward to welcoming you at the event!

Kind regards,

The Cloud4all  Consortium

 

 
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