Assistive Technology plays an important role in initiatives of organisations like the WHO, the WIPO and networks such as AAATE and GAATO. The European Commission, in its recently launched Disability Strategy 2020-2030, has embraced Digital Accessibility as the main gateway to an inclusive society.
EASPD organize a webinar series on Assistive Technologies. During the first one on the 19.05.2021 at 14:00-15:00, we will discuss how social care service providers can translate high-level objectives into supportive approaches. Further questions we look to answer include how the policies aimed at the digitalisation of society will impact the sector and what can service providers do to support their clients and, at the same time, claim their role as key actors in modern caring societies?
More webinars in this series!
2. Technology trends empowering autonomous life – 26.05.2021 at 14:00
During this webinar, we will present technology trends empowering the independent life of persons with disabilities. The webinar will look to discuss the main developments of technology that are changing our society and how this is influencing persons with disabilities. The importance of understanding how the interaction of persons with disabilities with technology is developing will also be examined. We will present the technology trends which are the most relevant for support services sector like: smart home, smart cities, autonomic mobility, 3D printing, use of AR and VR in education, rehabilitation and employment.
3. People with Cognitive Disabilities on the Web: the EASY READING tool – 10.06.2021 at 14:00
This webinar will introduce the freely available EASY READING tool (www.easyreading.eu) which is:
a) providing a number of easy to use support functionalities to users with cognitive disabilities when working with original web content (e.g. easy to read language, layout for efficient reading, text to speech, symbol/picture annotation)
b) supporting authors and service provider with non-techy and easy to use functionalities for making content accessible.
4. Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) supporting participation over the lifetime – 16.06.2021 at 14:00
In this webinar, we will discuss various technologies used for augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) and how these technologies can support users to participate in a variety of activities and also promote academic and social skills. Using case studies of AAC users of various ages, we will show how AAC can be implemented and adapted to meet the changing needs of AAC users across the lifespan.
5. Helpful technology for people who are deaf or blind – 16.09.2021
In this webinar, we will guide you through a creative process, in which we will show you how technology can help to get from “problem” to “solution” for people with congenital deafblindness. It will be illustrated by many practical examples.
6. Technology to facilitate leadership and self-advocacy by persons with disabilities – 28.10.2021 at 14:00
In this webinar, participants will learn how technology can empower persons with disabilities by facilitating leadership and self-advocacy. Questions we look to answer include how to start self-advocacy at an early age, what is co-creation in cognitive accessibility, how the use of ACC can bring access to justice and how can persons with disabilities advocate for use of technology as one of the forms of modern activism.
7. Barriers and opportunities of technology adoption in support services for persons with disabilities – 25.11.2021 at 14:00
The integration of technological innovations that could facilitate the daily life of people with disabilities is hindered by multiple barriers, mainly physical such as infrastructure, but also intangible such as cultural, ethical and psychological barriers. In this webinar, we will explore through co-creation the possibility to convert these barriers into opportunities.