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Towards an inclusive Europe: reflections on the digital agenda for eAccessibility

Workshop associated with the ACM European Computing Research Congress

2-3 May, 2013

Registration is now OPEN

eAccessibility is part of Pillar 6 of the European Commission's Digital Agenda for Europe:

Over 50% of Europeans use the internet daily - but 30% have never used it at all! Moreover, disabled persons face particular difficulties in benefiting fully from new electronic content and services. As ever more daily tasks are carried out online, all our people need enhanced digital skills to participate fully in society. The Digital Agenda tackles this unacceptable digital divide.

A 2 day workshop on eAccessibility under the auspices of the ACM European Computing Research Congress will be held to consider what progress has been made towards the eAccessibility aspirations in Europe and propose ways in which European stakeholders can push the digital agenda for eAccessibility further forward.

The workshop would produce a White Paper summarizing progress and making recommendations for future actions on eAccessibility in Europe.

The workshop will be organized by the European eAccess+ Network which includes leading European stakeholders in eAccessibility. Stakeholders from all areas relevant to eAccessibility from around Europe will be invited. Stakeholders from beyond Europe will also be very welcome to share and compare experiences from other countries.

The organization of the workshop will be lead by Professor Vicki Hanson from the School of Computing at the University of Dundee, Professor Helen Petrie from the Department of Computer Science at the University of York and Professor Klaus Miesenberger from the Institute Integriert Studieren at the University of Linz, Austria.

Programme: Thursday 2 May
9:00 - 10:30 Plenary Keynote
Vint Cerf (ACM President)
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 Start of eAccessibility Europe Summit
11:00 - 11:30 The view from the European Commission
(Representative from the Commission)
11:30 - 12:30 Supporting organizations on eAccessibility in Europe
Dominique Burger (INSERM, France)
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Why is accessibility so hard?
Debate between Gregg Vanderheiden (The Trace Centre) and Vint Cerf (ACM)
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break
15:30 - 16:30 Discussion session I: What are the barriers to eAccessibility? What have we achieved?
16:30 - 17:00 Problems of awareness raising and education for eAccessibility
Klaus Miesenberger (Johannes Keppler University, Linz)
17:00 - 17:30 Digital culture without barriers
Marcus Weisen (European Centre for Cultural Accessibility and Jodi Mattes Trust for accessible digital culture)
17:30 Workshop close
18:30 – 20:30 Conference reception
Programme: Friday 3 May
09:00 - 10:30 ECRC Keynote
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break (Including commenting on Post-It displays generated from the Discussion Session I on Thursday afternoon)
11:00 - 11:30 Common myths about research on eInclusion
Pier Luigi Emiliani (National Research Council, Italy) and Costas Stephanidis (ICS/FORTH, Greece)
11:30 - 12:00 The Case for Measurable Criteria in HCI as it affects people with impairments
Kevin Carey (Royal National Institute for Blind People)
12:00 - 12:45 Panel from Industry: Mike Evans (BBC, UK), Lars Christensen (Sensus, Denmark), Phil Day (NCR, UK)
12:45 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 15:00 Discussion session II: What should we be aiming for in eAccessibility? What is the roadmap for the next 5, 10 years of effort?
15:00 - 15:30 Coffee break (Including commenting on Post-It displays generated from the Discussion Session II)
15:30 - 16:30 Closing plenary session - reports back from the facilitators of the Discussion Sessions
16:30 Close
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