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BSI/JISC CETIS Accessibility Standards Workshop - 28th February

AEGIS will attend this informal workshop, jointly organised in collaboration with BSI (British Standards Institution) and JISC CETIS. It takes advantage of the presence in the UK of a number of international standards developers and strategists to foster discussion and exchange between communities around recent and ongoing international and UK work in Accessibility Standards.
This workshop will be held on Monday 28th February, 2011 in London and will include presentations from both the UK and international accessibility communities.
This is a unique opportunity with confirmed speakers from the following organisations: Axelrod Access For All, BBC, BSI, Information Technology Industry Council, Microsoft, UKOLN, and the University of Saskatchewan.
Further information, including registration details, is available here.

AEGIS represented in Accessibility Act Advisory Councils

The new “Accessibility Act” in the US (21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010) has been signed into law.  This Act will necessitate substantial change relative to the availability of accessible telecommunications products and services in the US.
In support of the new Accessibility Act, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced this week the creation of 2 new Advisory Councils that will make recommendations to the FCC regarding new provisions and policies for ICT accessibility:

  • Video Programming and Emergency Access Advisory Council (VPEAAC)
  • Emergency Access Advisory Council (EAAC)

An AEGIS representative (Greg Fields from RIM) has been appointed to both the VPEAAC and EAAC, and can as such facilitate the sharing of information between AEGIS and these councils.

AEGIS session at CSUN

A session, entitled AEGIS Project: Studying Real Time-Text Communications for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, will be held at the upcoming CSUN event in San Diego on March 17, 2011 at 8:00 am PST. This session will share International project research into designing and enabling Real-Time Text communication solutions for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons.
More details are available at the session info page.

Additionally, also a 30 minute Demo session in Intermediate level under the AAC track will be hosted by AEGIS.

Video streaming of AEGIS presentations at ICCHP2010

On Wednesday, July 14th, 2010, AEGIS presented at ICCHP2010. The video stream of that session is now available:

Press Release / IMMEDIATE RELEASE “Accessibility Reaching Everywhere”: the AEGIS project holds its final workshop and international conference in Brussels, 28-30 November 2011

Workshop and Conference registration is now open

You can now register for The Workshop and Conference on 28-30 November 2011 in Brussels, Belgium.

BRUSSELS, 16 February 2011 - AEGIS project organises its final Workshop and 2nd International Conference entitled “Accessibility Reaching Everywhere” on 28-30 November 2011 in Brussels, bringing together both end-users (people with disabilities) as well as platform and application accessibility developers, representative organisations, the Assistive Technology industry, and policy makers. Since 2008, the AEGIS consortium (comprising companies such as Vodafone Foundation, Research in Motion, Oracle, and research groups from Cambridge University and Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, etc.) has been developing an Open Accessibility Framework – comprising open accessibility interfaces, user interface components, developer tools, end-user applications and prototype accessibility solutions for desktops, rich Internet applications and mobile devices.

The workshop on 28 November will focus on the realisations of the AEGIS (Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards) project and provide attendees the opportunity to try out all outcomes of the project. The demonstrated products offer barrier-free access to desktop, mobile and web applications, are open source based and will be freely available.

The conference on 29-30 November will gather a wide array of experts and users in the area of Assistive Technology to discuss scientific and policy developments in accessible technology; showcase relevant projects and initiatives in the area of assistive technology.

Access to both events will be free, but places will be limited.

This event comes ahead of the European Day of People with Disabilities that is marked by the European Commission via a policy conference in the first week of December each year, in close cooperation with the European Disability Forum (EDF).

Invitations for registration, scientific papers and exhibitors will be issued soon.

Both events take place at the Diamant Conference and Business Centre, Boulevard A. Reyerslaan 80, 1030 Brussels. More information is available under, or contact Ms. Julie Buttier at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Mission Statement

AEGIS aims, through user research and prototype development with current and next-generation ICT, to develop and validate the necessary infrastructure and accessibility frameworks needed for deeply embedding accessibility into the desktop, smart phones and rich Internet applications; with a focus on the needs of users with mild, severe or complex disabilities served via assistive technologies; and to propose these results to the appropriate standards organisations for adoption, as well as to make them available through open source as much as possible.

Link to press release (pdf).

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