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Huffaker R.,Technosite
W4A 2014 - 11th Web for All Conference | Year: 2014

Drawing parallels between the mechanisms of legislation in the United States and the European Union that ensure the accessibility of technologies to people with disabilities throughout both regions, this paper examines various forms of laws and mandates and their respective ways of enforcement. Legislation examined are also reflected to the technology they affect and in this paper websites in particular are investigated. After looking at indicators such as the Measuring eAccessibility Study and the role of public procurement, this paper examines the state of eAccessibility in both regions to see what lessons can be brought forth to the European Union, with the coming of the new EU Accessibility Act. Copyright 2014 ACM.


Gomez-Martinez E.,Technosite | Merseguer J.,University of Zaragoza
Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics) | Year: 2010

People with special needs may find difficulties using electronic consumer devices, user interfaces limit their chances of having full control on them. The Universal Remote Control (URC) is an ISO standard that promotes pluggable and interoperable user interfaces to remotely operate electronic devices. The Universal Control Hub (UCH) is the software architecture that materialises URC, and several implementations are currently available. However, users and developers wonder about UCH feasibility to respond to future needs regarding performance. In this paper, we conduct a study to analyze whether UCH can face multiple concurrent users. Serious problems are exposed at this regard in this paper, they may contribute to question a solution that initially and from the interoperability point of view was very-well suited. © 2010 Springer-Verlag.


Murua A.,Vicomtech IK4 | Gonzalez I.,Iriscom Sistemas S.L. | Gomez-Martinez E.,Technosite
2011 Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, FedCSIS 2011 | Year: 2011

Cloud computing will play a large part in the ICT domain over the next 10 years or more. Many long-term aspects are still in an experimental stage, where the long-term impact on provisioning and usage is still unknown. While first attempts at this field focused on service provisioning for enterprises, cloud is reaching individuals nowadays. Our proposal is to go a step further and, based on the proven benefits of the Cloud, improve Internet and technology access for those people always left behind when any technological progress takes place. This paper presents the Cloud-based Assistive Technology Service delivering to individuals who face technology accessibility barriers due to ageing or disabilities. An example of how an Assistive Service is delivered to an individual in an easy and seamless way is given as a demonstration of how the future should be. This proof of concept has been developed within the INREDIS research project. © 2011 Polish Info Processing Soc.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2007.7.2 | Award Amount: 12.58M | Year: 2008

The GIS project seeks to determine whether 3rd generation access techniques will provide a more accessible, more exploitable and deeply embeddable approach in mainstream ICT (desktop, rich Internet and mobile applications). We develop and explore this approach with the Open Accessibility Framework (OAF) through which we address aspects of the design, development and deployment of accessible mainstream ICT. The OAF provides embedded and built-in accessibility solutions, as well as toolkits for developers, for engraving accessibility in existing and emerging mass-market ICT-based products, thus making accessibility open, plug & play, personalised & configurable, realistic & applicable in various contexts; GIS is placing users and their needs at the centre of all ICT developments. Based on a holistic UCD, AEGIS identifies user needs and interaction models for several user groups, (users with visual, hearing, motion, speech and cognitive impairments as well as application developers) and develops open source-based generalised accessibility support into mainstream ICT devices/applications: A) desktop, B) W3C/WAI standards-abiding accessible rich web applications and C) embedded generalized accessibility in terms of user interfaces and applications running into standard (CDLC and CDC) as well as rich features cell phones and PDAs. All developments are iteratively tested with hundreds of end users, developers and experts in three phases and 4 Pilot sites Europewide (in Belgium, Spain, Sweden and UK). The project includes strong industrial and end users participation (the participating Industries are among the market leaders in the corresponding mainstream ICT markets). The project results uptake is promoted by strong standardization activities, as well as an Open Accessibility Everywhere Group (OAEG) that will live beyond the project lifetime, bringing together end users and developers in a stars rating system assessing accessibility and usability of mai


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-ITN | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2010-ITN | Award Amount: 3.72M | Year: 2011

The purpose of the proposed ITN is to explore options for EU disability law and policy reform in light of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2007). In particular, it will focus on the core rights of the individual, on expanding markets for European ICT business by making it more accessible to consumers with disabilities and on the need to find ways to embed a positive dynamic of reform throughout Europe.

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