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Results of TIDE workshop on the impact of technology on disabled and elderly people

A TIDE workshop on "The Impact of Technology on Disabled and Elderly People" took place in Brussels on 17-18 January 1994.

The aim of the TIDE initiative is to stimulate the creation of an internal market in rehabilitation technology in Europe to aid the socio-economic integr...

17 January 1994 - 17 January 1994
Belgium

A TIDE workshop on "The Impact of Technology on Disabled and Elderly People" took place in Brussels on 17-18 January 1994.

The aim of the TIDE initiative is to stimulate the creation of an internal market in rehabilitation technology in Europe to aid the socio-economic integration of disabled and elderly people through the promotion of technology application and cooperation between industries in this area.

The two-day seminar brought together participants from 15 European countries. These represented handicapped persons associations, national ministries, manufacturers of rehabilitation and aid technology, research and development institutes and representatives of different programmes and services of the European Commission.

Presentations from DG XIII (Telecommunications, Information Market and Exploitation of Research) included projects from the programme of European Cooperation in the Field of Science and Technical Research (COST), Research and Development in Advanced Communications (RACE) and in particular the Technology Initiative for Disabled and Elderly People (TIDE).

In addition, DG V (Employment, Industrial Relations and Social Affairs) presented the Action Programme for Disabled People (HELIOS), the HANDYNET network supplying descriptions of technical aids for the handicapped and information on the commercial and non-commercial bodies involved in RTD, manufacture or distribution of aids, and the EU initiative HORIZON to improve the conditions for access to the labour market and the competitivity of handicapped persons in particular through vocational training in new technologies.

Contributions from DG VII (Transport) explained Commission actions to promote the universal accessibility of public transport.
For full information, please contact:

Commission of the European Communities
TIDE Programme
Attn. Mr. Egidio Ballabio (BU29 3/20)
200 rue de la Loi
B-1049 Brussels
Tel. +32-2-2990232; Fax +32-2-2990248

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