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Conference for the Presentation of the Assistive Technology Cluster of San Sebastian
Friday 28 January 2011
The Final Launching conference took place in San Sebastian in the Kursaal building. It consisted of two parts: In the first part the main results and conclusions from the project were presented, together with the action plan for 2011 and the main strategic lines of the Cluster. In the second part, a series of presentations were made by Assistive technology experts, as well as a roundtable with the attendants to analyse the main challenges and business opportunities in the AT sector. The event also had a series of stands to show products and services to visitors, and a networking activity at the end. The presentations can be downloaded from the following link:
E-SENIORS conference
Monday 18 October 2010
18 October 2010 Paris, France
The E-SENIORS association fighting against the digital divide is organising an international event on 18 October in Paris about new trends and innovations in the field of ICT for ageing, in cooperation with various partners, offering many networking opportunities. The main results of ICT PSP (Policy Support Programme) projects "T-Seniority" and "Long Lasting Memories" will be presented and discussed, focusing on new ICT services to help maintain ageing people in their home.
Access for all in the desktop, web and mobile field: an end-user and developer perspective
Friday 08 October 2010
October 2010 - 8 October 2010 Sevilla, Spain
This 1st AEGIS International Conference will showcase the world's most influential open source, web and mobile accessibility projects and bring together developers and people with disabilities. It gathers presenters and exhibitors that address assistive technology in Rich Internet Applications (RIA), desktop applications and mobile applications, as well as developer tools that embed accessibility plug-ins. It is organised by AEGIS, a research & development project supported by the European Commission. The AEGIS project develops software for persons with disabilities, covering the desktop platform, the web and mobile devices. It has just released an extension for the OpenOffice.org Writer that enables users to save documents as Braille or to send them directly to a Braille embosser.
See also: AEGIS project
Access for All in the desktop, web and mobile field: an end-user and developer perspective
Wednesday 06 October 2010
6 October 2010 - 9 October 2010 Seville, Spain
The Workshop/User Forum aims to bring together end-users and experts in the field of assistive technologies, that focus on the accessibility of desktop, web and mobile applications. During the workshop the AEGIS project will present the tools developed so far, and will stimulate discussions between both end-users and application developers concerning the project's outcomes so far. The outcomes will be taken into account by the Consortium during the further course of the project. Participation to the workshop will be free of charge. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 30 April.
Second local working group with the AT sector, San Sebastian, 11th June 2010
Tuesday 05 October 2010
The Tecforlife consortium and the main local stakeholders in Assistive Technology attended this meeting, including representatives from AT companies, research centres, universities, user associations and public administrations. The main subject of the meeting was the discussion of the local Cluster creation project and the definition of support services demanded by the AT stakeholders from the Cluster.
12th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs
Wednesday 14 July 2010
July 14-16, 2010, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
The Institut Integriert Studieren and the Vienna University of Technology are organising the "12th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP)" to be held in Vienna (Austria), on 14th-16th July 2010.

ICCHP will focus on all aspects of Assistive Technologies (AT) and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for people with disabilities. Changes in awareness and understanding of disabilities, as well as social and legal frameworks, driven by Disability Rights and Independent Living Movements have led to what is known as eAccessibility, Universal Design or eInclusion. ICCHP provides a unique platform for end users, researchers, developers and practitioners.
Smart Living event will help disabled and older people
Tuesday 15 June 2010
Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, London, UK
Organisations which are involved in developing and implementing smart living systems and products for disabled and older people are being brought together at a London event to plan greater co-operation in the future. Companies involved in building, engineering, medicine, energy and communications, together with architects, organisations providing caring resources, and bodies representing disabled and older people are being invited to a seminar entitled "Smart Living - the way forward for disabled and older people". Dr John Gill, chairman of PhoneAbility, organisers of the seminar in collaboration with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills , said: " There are lots of organisations which are doing splendid work to help disabled and older people lead easier lives in their homes. But they tend to work in isolation, producing stand-alone systems, and we see a great need not only to bring such organisations together but to get them to work together on a coherent policy in the provision of smart living systems. We want our delegates to be aware, too, of advances in this area taking place in other countries."
Contact: Dr John Gill
Assisted living technologies for older and disabled people in 2030
Tuesday 15 June 2010
Improvements in healthcare mean that people are living longer, and in better health, than ever before. There is expected to be a dramatic shift in the UK's demography towards older people. There is the potential for significant social, cultural and economic benefits if older or disabled people are empowered to remain an active part of society. Communications technology is likely to play an important role in enabling this positive outcome. Ofcom has commissioned this study to develop future scenarios based on the services required to promote social and economic inclusion of older and disabled people over the coming 20-year period. From these scenarios, the study identifies the key technological developments required, including a detailed discussion of drivers for or barriers to change, and a quantification of the technologies' impact on wired and wireless networks.
New Assistive Technologies research project launched: AsTeRICS
Friday 19 March 2010
AsTeRICS will provide a flexible and affordable construction set for realising user driven assistive technologies by combining emerging sensor techniques like Brain-Computer Interfaces and computer vision with basic actuators. People with reduced motor capabilities will get a flexible and adaptable technology at hand which enables them to access the Human-Machine-Interfaces (HMI) at the standard desktop but in particular also of embedded systems like mobile phones or smart home devices. AsTeRICS is funded under the EU's 7th Research framework programme. AsTeRICS will implement a set of building blocks for the realisation of AT: - Sensors which allow the individual to exploit any controllable body or mind activity for interacting with HMI; - Actuators for interfacing to standard IT, to embedded systems and to interact with the environment; - An Embedded Computing Platform that can be configured to combine sensors and actuators to tailored AT-solutions which support the full potential of an individual user.
Report of the Expert Workshop on European RTD in the Field of ICT & Ageing held on 16 December 2009
Wednesday 17 March 2010
The workshop was held on 16th December in the context of the ‘ICT & Ageing’ study with a twofold objective:
a) to take stock of achievements of European level research activities in the field of ICT & Ageing.
b) to identify themes that warrant further attention in forthcoming work programmes.
First local working group with the AT sector, San Sebastian, 5th March 2010
Wednesday 24 February 2010
The Tecforlife consortium and the main local stakeholders in Assistive Technology will be participating in this meeting. Representatives from AT companies, research centres, universities, user associations and public administrations have already confirmed their attendance. The main findings of the analysis carried out in the Tecforlife project will be discussed with the sector, with special emphasis on the SWOT analysis.
12th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs
Saturday 02 January 2010
14 July 2010 - 16 July 2010 Vienna, Austria
This event focuses on all aspects related to Assistive Technologies (AT) and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for people with disabilities. User involvement and user centred design are the underlying general topics of ICCHP, with the aim to generate an interdisciplinary discussion of all stakeholders.
1st Conference on Social and Technological Responsibility
Tuesday 15 December 2009
3rd to 4th December. City of San Sebastian
Report on the Workshop on Self-service terminals and Assistive technologies of 7 December 2009
Tuesday 15 December 2009
A report of the workshop has been published together with two market studies that provide an overview of the markets for the adaptation of self-service terminals to the disabled, and an overview of the accessibility portals for assistive technologies.
Workshop on Self-service terminals and Assistive technologies, Brussels, 7 December 2009
Monday 07 December 2009
Self-service terminals can be difficult to access and use for many people, e.g. users with disabilities, those with low ICT competence, elderly users, or simply those not used to this medium. This can be improved by adapting the terminals as to their physical design, software and interfaces. Possible solutions encompass among other use of mobile devices or assistive technologies for man-machine interaction, vocal input / output, software adaptation etc. The workshop, organised by the ICT for Inclusion unit of the European Commission, will also address the issue of information about and deployment of ICT-related assistive technology in general. The purpose is to identify grounds for possible further action at European level, including funding from EC programs.
62nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
Wednesday 18 November 2009
18-22 November 2009, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
9th European Sociological Association Conference
Wednesday 02 September 2009
Lisbon, Portugal, 2-5 September, 2009
19th International Association of Gerontology and Gerontology (IAGG)
Saturday 04 July 2009
4-9 July, 2009, Paris, France
II National Conference on Augmentative Communication: Communication and Technology for life.
Tuesday 09 June 2009
The event will take place in the city of Zaragoza, from 17th to 19th September 2009.
More information: http://esaac2009.tecnodiscap.com/
51st Spanish Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology Conference
Wednesday 03 June 2009
Bilbao, Spain, 3-6 June 2009
New Report on European assistive technology ICT industry
Monday 27 April 2009
The report represents the final report of the study, “Analysis of the Assistive Technologies Information and Communication Technologies (AT ICT) industry in Europe” for the European Commission.

The global objective of the study has been to gain information as to the state of the EU AT ICT industry and to develop conclusions and recommendations to what steps can be taken to improve the competitiveness of the companies which form this industry.

Download of the report here.
Innovation in Assistive Technology; Looking Back to the Future
Thursday 02 April 2009
Thursday 5 November 2009, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Report of the Expert meeting on Assistive Technology & e- Accessibility Workshop, 25 March 2009
Wednesday 25 March 2009
E-inclusion means ensuring that mainstream ICT products and services are usable by as many people as possible, and the use of ICT to overcome social and economic exclusion. The objective of this meeting was to explore ways to better implement ICT assistive features, either as a part of mainstream technologies or in assistive technologies. Different aspects were addressed (technical, market, legal) from the perspective of relevant Report of the Expert meeting on Assistive Technology & e- Accessibility Workshop, 25 March 2009