DREAM Researchers Participate in Round-table Discussion on Human Rights and Disability

""DREAM researchers, Ieva Eskyte, Anthony Giannoumis and Magdi Birtha participated in a round-table discussion titled Human Rights and Disability: between choice and control at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas Lithuania on 21st October. The event aimed to facilitate  discussion and raise awareness on the importance of disability studies and disability rights.

The round-table addressed the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities stating,

Since the key message of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006) is that disabled people have to exercise all human rights and fundamental freedoms equally with non-disabled citizens, the purpose of the meeting is to discuss disability and human rights issues in different contexts. For instance, different models of disability will be discussed from Scandinavian, British and Lithuanian perspectives. In addition, the relation between accessibility, disability movement and private markets will be analysed. Special attention will be paid to disability research, ethics and methods.

Practitioners, scholars and graduate students from a variety of disciplines presented their professional and academic experiences in the field of disability and human rights.

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The full program included,

  • Welcome &  Some Thoughts about Social Sensitivity, Reciprocity & Dialogue. Dean prof. Jonas Ruškus of Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Vytautas Magnus University, People with Disabilities and the Right to Reveal Potential. Ieva Danilevičienė, Vytautas Magnus University
  • The impact of family and friends social support on accepting mobility impairments. Laura Alčiauskaitė, dr. Liuda Šinkariova, Vytautas Magnus University
  • A comparative case study of e-accessibility policy implementation in the United Kingdom, Norway and the United States. G. Anthony Giannoumis, The Norwegian Social Research Institute
  • Information provision in the mainstream private market: business practices and disabled customers’ realities. Ieva Eskytė, University of Leeds, Centre for Disability Studies, UK
  • Participation of persons with disabilities in policy and decision-making processes. Magdi Birtha, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, National University of Ireland, Galway

DREAM would like to warmly thank the conveners at Vytautas Magnus University for the opportunity to work together in realizing the rights of persons with disabilities.

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Survey: Costs and Benefits of eAccessibility

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

Invitation to the DREAM Network-Wide Event in Madrid, Spain: Friday 15 June 2012

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”.

Time:
The morning of 15 of June 2012

RSVP:
If you are interested in participating and would like to receive a full programme please send an email to: dream@technosite.es before 12 June 2012 including your name, position and organization.

DREAM “Leeds” the way

The week of 13 February, the DREAM ESRs were hosted by the University of Leeds for a week-long training and network event. The event was divided into four themes coinciding with the DREAM focus areas, Disability, Rights, Accessibility and Markets.

Disability

  • Colin Barnes presented a reflection on the social model of disability
  • Rannveig Traustadottir explained the Nordic understanding of disability in an international context
  • Mark Priestley demonstrated the materialist, idealist and realist approaches to disability

Rights

  • Theresia Degener described rights, non-discrimination and intersectionality
  • Lisa Waddington explained the evolution of international and European human rights instruments from a disability perspective
  • Dagmar Schiek demonstrated non-discrimination and intersectionality in Europe

Accessibility

  • Anna Lawson showed how to think about accessibility and reasonable accommodation
  • Roberto Torena presented European initiatives for measuring eAccessibility
  • Patricia Rubio described the economic assessment of eAccessibility

Markets

  • Mark Davis presented consumerism and markets and discussed whether the market can deliver equality and social inclusion for disabled people in Europe

Also in attendance were Rea Maglajlić from the Mental Disability Advocacy Center, Jamie Bolling from the European Network on Independent Living, and Luk Zelderloo from the DREAM Research to Practice Advisory Forum.

The week-long event, though mentally exhausting, was a resounding success. It enabled the DREAM ESRs to become familiar with new topic areas, discuss opportunities for exploring new directions in research, and rekindled enthusiasm for collaboration and partnership. Copies of the presentations may be requested by contacting the authors directly.

The next DREAM event will be in June, hosted by Technosite in Madrid. Looking forward to another amazing experience!