People with learning difficulties or memory problems face barriers in the working environment because they need extra supervision. New environments, unfamiliar equipment and changing of tasks can be especially challenging.
VirtuAssist provides real-time guidance to operate working equipment so people can work with minimal supervision in these challenging environments. VirtuAssist combines cutting-edge technologies such as computer vision, pointing gesture recognition, machine learning and task modelling with smart-glasses. This personalises information and interaction to the end-user’s needs and preferences in a fun and effective way.
There is a growing concern throughout Europe about the difficulties faced by the organisations involved in the ICT Assistive Technology (AT) field. The ATIS4all collaborative portal is the result of an EU-funded project, which aims to benefit all the key actors in the chain value of ICT ATs and accessibility products (from research centres to the end-users). It is an open and collaborative portal that offers reliable information on ICT ATs, inclusive solutions and R&D initiatives, and fosters online discussion, exchange of knowledge, expertise and sharing of information among its different portal members. Continue reading
Seven Early Stage Researchers from the DREAM network attended and presented at the Twelfth Nordic Network of Disability Research Conference in Turku, Finland 30-31 May 2013.
Keynote speakers at the conference included Eva Feder Kittay, Professor of Philosophy, Stony Brook University; Dan Goodley, Professor of Disability Studies and Education, University of Sheffield; Jan Grue, Postdoctoral Fellow in Linguistics, University of Oslo, Norway; and Kalle Könkkölä, Executive Director of the Threshold Association, Helsinki, Finland.
Over the two days, the ESRs presented abstracts and posters and got to meet various disability academics from around the world. The following is a list of each ESR and the title of their presentations:
- Anna Arstein-Kerslake: An empowering dependency: Exploring the role of supported decision-maker.
- Magdi Birtha: “Nothing about CRPD monitoring without us” – case study on the involvement of the disability movement in policy-making in Zambia.
- Ciara Brennan: “Theorizing the economics of independent living: Commodification of human rights in Iceland in a Nordic context” with Rannveig Traustadóttir and “The CRPD, independent living and user-led personal assistance”.
- Ieva Eskyte: Shopping Accessibility: between the ideal and the real.
- Robert Huffaker: Legal Framework on eAccessibility: A legislation review.
- Carly Toepke: Participation and inclusive education under the UNCRPD.
- Betül Yalcin: Employer attitudes towards employment of disabled people: a comparative analysis in the European context.
Rune Halvorson, PI from NOVA, presented “New policies to promote youth inclusion in the labour market? Disability in the Nordic welfare states”.
Rannveig Traustadóttir, PI from the University of Iceland, presented “Implementing and monitoring the CRPD” and “Childhood disability, space, place and identity” and chaired the symposiums titled “Implementing the CRPD” and “Childhood and Disability”.
One Early Stage Researcher, Robert Huffaker, has been undertaking a study interviewing companies who make sure their products are accessible, especially their websites, mobile apps, and self-service terminals and gathering data on the costs and benefits they have experienced in the accessibility process.
If you are a web manager who knows a bit about the costs and benefits experienced in your organization’s website, you are invited to take part in his survey.
If you manage websites, the survey for you is here: https://es.surveymonkey.com/s/ WebsiteA11yCBA
If you manage mobile apps (iOS, Android, etc), the survey is here: https://es.surveymonkey.com/s/AppA11yCBA
If you manage a self-service terminal, the survey is here: https://es.surveymonkey.com/s/SSTA11yCBA
It will ask questions about you, your organisation, your website/app/terminal, accessibility and costs and benefits you have experienced. It takes around 20 minutes to complete.
The purpose of this survey is to build the business case of eAccessibility. This study is funded by the Disability Rights Expanding Accessible Markets (DREAM) Marie Curie Training Network and is led by Fundosa Technosite in Madrid, Spain and Kanchi in Dublin, Ireland.
If you have any suggestions or questions, or if you want to see the resulting deliverable stemming from the survey results, you can contact Robert Huffaker at:
r.huffakerjr1 (at) nuigalway.ie
On 9 November 2012, I had the pleasure to present my current research topics to the Centre of Disability Law and Policy. I gave a presentation entitled “eAccessibiltiy: Legislation Review and Building the Business Case” where I laid out the underpinnings of two projects I am working on in the midst of PhD programme work.
In order to see the way governments push the state of eAccessibility implementation, this paper aims to set up a review of the eAccessibility legislation framework as it stands via the UNCRPD, EU, Member State (Ireland and Spain) level. The particular ICTs chosen for examination include websites, Self Service Terminals and mobile phone apps.
Building the Business Case involves my plan to interview companies to see how they implement (or not) accessible strategies in their business plans.
The link to the presentation is below:
The DREAM Initial Training Network and Fundosa Technosite would like to invite you to the DREAM Network-Wide Event on Cost-Benefit Analysis on Disability: Approaches, Practices and Impact of the European Union’s Policy on eAccessibility.
Topics covered will include approaches and results of cost benefit analysis studies, accessibility policy and practice in the banking sector, key aspects of costs and benefits in accessibility and policy traits of the UN CRPD and the DREAM network.
Guest speakers include Mr. Jesus Hernandez, Director of Universal Accessibility at ONCE Foundation; Ms. Blanca Alcanda, CEO at Technosite; Dr. Jose Angel Martinez Usero, Director of International Projects and Relations at Technosite; Prof. Gerard Quinn, Project Coordinator of DREAM ITN Network; Prof. Thea van der Geest, University of Twente; and and Mr. Josep Marti Salat, ATM business development manager at “la Caixa”.
The morning of 15 of June 2012
If you are interested in participating and would like to receive a full programme please send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org before 12 June 2012 including your name, position and organization.
The editors of the European Yearbook of Disability Law welcome submissions of articles for inclusion in volume 5 of the series. The Yearbook contains a series of articles on current challenges and developments from analysts and academics working in the field of disability law, and is a highly-regarded, peer-reviewed journal in this field.
The Yearbook aims to provide critical insight into the evolution of European disability law and policy and offers analysis of pressing challenges in a broad range of fields. DREAM ESRs are ideally placed to submit articles to the Yearbook, given the Network’s work in the area of European disability law and policy reform in light of the UN CRPD. Previous articles included in the Yearbook have addressed topics such as: reasonable accommodation, inclusive education, digital and telecommunication accessibility, multiple discrimination, the implementation and monitoring of the UN CRPD, and the intersectionality of the UN CRPD, to name but a few areas discussed.
Articles may address for example, aspects of European Union or Council of Europe law, or undertake an analysis of disability law across European countries.
The next deadline for submission of articles is 28 February 2013, with a view to publication at the end of 2013. Authors are encouraged to contact a member of the editorial board to ensure their article falls within the scope of the Yearbook. All suitable articles are subject to peer review. Articles should be between 10 000 to 12 000 words in length, and authors are asked to provide an abstract of 150-200 words. Submission of an article will be taken to mean that the manuscript has not been published, accepted or submitted elsewhere.
If you are interested in submitting an article to Volume 5 of the Yearbook, please contact one of the editors:
Professor Lisa Waddington Email : lisa.waddington [at] maastrichtuniversity.nl
Professor Gerard Quinn Email : gerard.quinn [at] nuigalway.ie
Dr. Eilionóir Flynn Email : eilionoir.flynn [at] nuigalway.ie
**Article written by Prof. Lisa Waddington, Dr. Eilionoir Flynn and Connor Newman**