Events to be attended
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.

 
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 www.aegis-project.eu, 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).

 
AEGIS presentation at ODF Plugfest

AEGIS will present at the ODF Plugfest on 14-1510/2010 in Brussels, Belgium. This international plugfest is jointly organized by the Federal State, the Regions and Communities of Belgium. The conference room in the "Boudewijn"-building is kindly provided by the Flemish Government and is conveniently located near the Brussels-North railway station. More information can be found at the ODF Plugfest website.

 
AEGIS presentation at ODF Plugfest

AEGIS will present at the ODF Plugfest on 14-1510/2010 in Brussels, Belgium. This international plugfest is jointly organized by the Federal State, the Regions and Communities of Belgium. The conference room in the "Boudewijn"-building is kindly provided by the Flemish Government and is conveniently located near the Brussels-North railway station. More information can be found at the ODF Plugfest website.

 
Announcing the OpenTTS project, a fork of speech-dispatcher


The GNOME accessibility community has created a new TTS project - OpenTTS - which is a fork of the Brailcom SpeechDispatcher work. This is the home of new GNOME/UNIX/Linux text-to-speech driver API layer.
Our eSpeak work would plug into this (it in fact already does, through the eSpeak driver already written and forking to OpenTTS along with the rest of OpenTTS).
This may be a good, and "neutral" home for our work in the community.
The other of course is the eSpeak project itself. We need to see how OpenTTS evolves in the coming weeks/months.

 
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