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Easy Reading: A Framework for Personalised Cognitive Accessibility when using Original Digital Content

Objective

The “Easy Reading” framework will improve the cognitive accessibility of original digital documents by providing real time personalisation through annotation (using e.g. symbol, pictures, videos), adaptation (using e.g. layout, structure) and translation (using e.g Easy-to-Read, Plain Language, symbol writing systems). The framework provides these (semi-)automated services using HCI techniques (e.g. pop-ups/ Text-To-Speech (TTS)/captions through mouse-over or eye-tracking) allowing the user to remain and work within the original digital document. This fosters independent access and keeps the user in the inclusive discourse about the original content. Services adapt to each user through a personal profile (sensor based tracking and reasoning of e.g. the level of performance, understanding, preferences, mood, attention, context and the individual learning curve).
The interdisciplinary project team includes users with cognitive disabilities in all phases through the Inclusive Participatory Action Research Method (IPAR) ensuring to address real users´ needs.
The “Easy Reading” framework is planned as a cloud based, open source and freely available support infrastructure. It will reach as many people with limited reading and language skills (e.g. people with cognitive disabilities - ~2,5% of the population - older adults, people with a different mother tongue) summing up to 25% in some regions or countries. Additionally, many more people will enjoy exploring new and unfamiliar content using personalised access.
This framework integrates and supports state-of-the-art and future R&D. It incorporates tools for annotation, adaptation and translation of content by providing a sustainable user-centred eco-system for personalisation. It promotes European ideals and enables independent applications to leverage the infrastructure and socialize their application for business (profit and non-for profit) in a new EU driven growth market.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /humanities/languages and literature/languages - general

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2017-1
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

UNIVERSITAT LINZ
Address
Altenberger Strasse 69
4040 Linz
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 324 875

Participants (8)

KOMPETENZNETZWERK INFORMATIONSTECHNOLOGIE ZUR FOERDERUNG DER INTEGRATION VON MENSCHEN MIT BEHINDERUNGEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 258 625
Address
Altenberger Strasse 69
4040 Linz
Activity type
Research Organisations
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DORTMUND
Germany
EU contribution
€ 275 750
Address
August Schmidt Strasse 4
44227 Dortmund
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
IN DER GEMEINDE LEBEN GGMBH - HILFEN FUR MENSCHEN MIT BEHINDERUNGEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 134 375
Address
Ludwig Erhard Allee 14
40227 Dusseldorf
Activity type
Other
FUNKA NU AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 170 188
Address
Tegnergatan 23
111 40 Stockholm
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TEXTHELP LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 197 750
Address
Lucas Exchange 1 Orchard Way
BT41 2RU Antrim
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VASTRA GOTALANDS LANS LANDSTING
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 199 875
Address
Regionens Hus
462 80 Vanersborg
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
GEIE ERCIM
France
EU contribution
€ 225 000
Address
Route Des Lucioles 2004 Sophia Antipolis
06410 Biot
Activity type
Other
ATHENA I.C.T. LTD
Israel
EU contribution
€ 205 625
Address
Nahal Dolev St. 48
9962140 Beit Shemesh
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)