Special Session on the Dfa@eInclusion project - Monday, August 31st, 11.30 - 13.10, Room E

Chaired on behalf of the dfa@eInclusion project by Prof. Dr. Ing. Christian Bühler, FTB - Forschungsinstitut Technologie und Behinderung der Evangelischen Stiftung Volmarstein, Lehrstuhl für Rehabilitationstechnologie, Technische Universität Dortmund, EDeAN NCC/ DfA-eInclusion


Design for All in ICT: from policy to implementation

The UN Convention on the rights of people with disabilities has been signed in 2007 and the ratification process is ongoing. The European Union and the member states are very much involved in this process. The convention makes clear that technology support for people with disabilities is one important issue, which needs the political commitment and following implementation. It mentions specifically universal design, accessibility and assistive technology as complementary routes to follow. (In Europe the term Design-for-all is very much used as a synonym or at least very close to universal design.) So a policy statement is provided, but what are the concrete steps from policy to implementation?

In this interactive session we will exchange and discuss the potential consequences which the ratification of the UN Convention may have for Design-for-all in ICT. We will exchange and discuss how we can help to bring Design-for-all in ICT forward in Europe: Do good examples or roadmaps exist, can we identify key issues and missing links? We receive input from EDeAN and the supporting dfa@eInclusion project. We also expect input from the participants on the status of the ratification in their countries, and the concrete plans and measures of the governments for the implementation of Design-for-all.

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