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A virtual platform to enhance and organise the coordination among centres for accessibility resources and support

Objective

The European Commission, in a recent Communication on eAccessibility, states that people with disabilities constitute about 15% of the European population and many of them encounter barriers when using ICT products and services. Home, Vehicle and Working environments constitute key areas where accessibility should be profoundly enhanced.

eABILITIES aims at developing a framework for current and future actions in research, education and technology transfer in the field of ICT accessibility in the home, vehicle and working environments in Europe. With this purpose, eABILITIES will enable, organise and promote the share of related knowledge, communication, facilities equipment and personnel resources.

In general, the objectives are to make an extensive and detailed map of current and possible future technological developments in ICT accessibility, to organise contacts and exchanges and to identify needs, breakthroughs and bottlenecks. This requires a focused effort into tracing research and development, transfer of technology, education and training based on cooperation between industry, academic and government institutions and research centres.

This CA is designed to provide support to the efficient and successful implementation of the FP6 work programme and wants to pave the way for the design of FP7 activities in the field of eAccessibility.

eABILITIES will become the platform where excellent, multidisciplinary organisations involved in eAccesibility in Europe, will collaborate to:
- Benchmark commercial products and research activities;
- Propose Recommendations and Best Practices, and contribute to Standards;
- Share research resources (personnel, equipment, facilities and expertise) and support the mobility of researchers and consultants;
- Establish fora and workshops where knowledge and experience are exchanged among end-users and professionals.

Funding Scheme

CA - Coordination action

Coordinator

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Address
Avenida Ramiro De Maeztu 7
Madrid
Spain

Participants (10)

ATC ROM SRL
Romania
Address
Str. Biharia 67-77
Bucuresti Sectorul 1
CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS
Greece
Address
6Th Km Charilaou-thermi Road
Thermi-thessaloniki
CENTRO ESTATAL DE AUTONOMIA PERSONAL Y AYUDAS TECNICAS
Spain
Address
Los Extremenos 1
28018 Madrid
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT - SOCIETA' CONSORTILE PER AZIONI
Italy
Address
Strada Torino 50
Orbassano (To)
EVANGELISCHE STIFTUNG VOLMARSTEIN
Germany
Address
Hartmannstrasse 24
58300 Wetter
IDEASIS E.P.E.
Greece
Address
Antoniou 12
34100 Halkida
INFORMATION SOCIETY OPEN TO IMPAIRMENTS E-ISOTIS
Greece
Address
40 Klitaimnistras
13122 Neon Liosion
SIEMENS SA
Spain
Address
Calle Ronda De Europa 5
28760 Tres Cantos
TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA UNIPERSONAL
Spain
Address
Calle Emilio Vargas 6
28043 Madrid
UNIVERSITAET BASEL
Switzerland
Address
Petersplatz 1
Basel