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An accessibility layer for the inclusion in the information society of people with intellectual disabilities

Objective

The ABLE-TO-INCLUDE project seeks to improve the living conditions of people with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (IDD). The project will produce an open source Software Developer Kit (SDK) that will foster the introduction of a communicational accessibility layer for people with IDD in any software development. This will be done by steering the creation on an open-innovation community including software developers.The main target users are people IDD, representing one of the most disadvantaged social groups in European countries, with very high levels of need for assistance. ICT tools can bring independency to IDD users but the failure to access or use ICT increasingly constitutes a major form of social and economic exclusion. A secondary but important target are the software developers, that will be enabled to use the new accessibility layer and SDK in existing and new software and apps.3 key technologies will be used as a framework to develop everyday tasks.• Tech 1: Text and content simplifier (Simplext)• Tech 2: A pictogram-text, text-pictogram and pictogram-pictogram translation tool (Text2Picto)• Tech 3: Text-to-speech functionalities (open-source available solutions)The new accessibility layer will be integrated with existing applications and tested in 3 pilots including 3 different usage scenarios. Every scenario will benefit from the use of the technologies available through the accessibility layer: simplification of texts, conversion text - pictograms and text-to-speech technologies.• Scen.1: Leisure within the information society. Application of the accessibility layer to Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp.• Scen.2: Mobility. Application of the accessibility layer into a guidance and tracking system.• Scen.3: Labour integration. Application of the accessibility layer (including text simplification, pictograms translation and text-to-speech) into the routine of the future workers during their preparation to become a real aid for IDD users.
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Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Address

Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven

Belgium

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 269 428

Administrative Contact

Heirbaut Wannes (Mr.)

Participants (8)

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THOMAS MORE KEMPEN VZW

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 279 896

INCLUSION EUROPE AISBL

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 78 245

FUNDACION PRODIS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 116 690

ARIADNA SERVICIOS INFORMATICOS SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 249 136

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 159 640

THE NATIONAL MICROELECTRONICS APPLICATIONS CENTRE LTD

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 323 651

TEAMNET INTERNATIONAL SA

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 24 470

BUILDING BRIDGES TRAINING COMMUNITYINTEREST COMPANY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 68 844

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 621055

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 March 2014

  • End date

    31 March 2017

Funded under:

CIP

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 140 000

  • EU contribution

    € 1 570 000

Coordinated by:

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium