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Enhanced network accessibility for the blind and visually impaired

Objective

Internet has a great impact on people's life. Through the Web, information can be accessed remotely; people can interact with friends and family; services such as online shopping, paying bills and distant learning can be provided to the public. However, people with blindness or other form of disability are not able to take full advantage due to the inaccessibility in the technology itself.

Even though the technology should be able to benefit people with disability as much as to the advantaged people. Moreover if the problem of inaccessibility is not solved, the discrepancy will become bigger as the information technology advances. This project is determined to address this problem with two approaches:
- developing technologies that create universal accessible contents on the Web, and algorithms that convert existing inaccessible contents to be accessible;
- developing (ubiquitous) tools that enable easy access to information, and interfaces that are adaptable and interoperable no matter where the user is and what equipment the user is using.

To achieve the objectives of this project, research and development work will be focused on four areas:
- accessible Web content;
- adaptable interfaces;
- mobile computing;
- wireless networking. Research and development work will be supported by training activities involving local user organizations and SMEs.
These training activities will set up a sound foundation for uptake and dissemination of project results.

Funding Scheme

IP - Integrated Project

Coordinator

THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
Address
University Road
BT7 1NN Belfast
United Kingdom

Participants (12)

BRITISH TELECOMMUNICATIONS PLC
United Kingdom
Address
81 Newgate Street
EC1A 7AJ London
CAS SOFTWARE AG
Germany
Address
Wilhelm-schickard-strasse 12
76131 Karlsruhe
COMMISSARIAT A L'ENERGIE ATOMIQUE
France
Address
31-33 Rue De La Federation
75752 Paris Cedex 15
F.H. PAPENMEIER GMBH & CO. KG
Germany
Address
Talweg 2
58239 Schwerte
FUNDACION LABEIN
Spain
Address
Parque Tecnologico De Bizkaia, C/geldo - Edificio 700
48160 Derio
KURATORIUM OFFIS E. V.
Germany
Address
Escherweg 2
26121 Oldenburg
LUNDS UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Paradisgatan 5C
221 00 Lund
NETUNION S.A.R.L.
Switzerland
Address
20 Av. Des Figuiers
1007 Lausanne
SCALAB - NEW TECHNOLOGY S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Fieschi 3/30
16121 Genova
SIEMENS BUSINESS SERVICES GMBH & CO. OHG
Germany
Address
Otto-hahn-ring 6
81739 Muenchen
SOLUZIONA SA
Spain
Address
Paseo Del Club Deportivo 1 Edf 4-5
28223 Pozuelo De Alarcon
TEKEVER - TECNOLOGIAS DE INFORMACAO, S.A.
Portugal
Address
Av. Republica 35/7
1050-186 Lisboa