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Action 65: Helping disabled people to access content

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The action aims at facilitating, in cooperation with Member States and relevant stakeholders, a Memorandum of Understanding on Digital Access for persons with disabilities in compliance with the UN Convention.

The Memorandum of Understanding on the cross-border circulation of accessible books for people with print disabilities was signed in September 2010 by the following organisations: Federation of European Publishers, European Blind Union, European Writers Council European Dyslexia Association, International Federation of Reproduction Rights Organisations, and the International Association of Scientific, Technical and Medical Publishers.

What is the problem? Limited reading material for persons with reading disabilities

The range of accessible works for visually impaired people in Europe is limited.

One of the underlying problems is the legal cross-border transfer of accessible format books in the EU.

Why is EU Action required? Give access to reading material for people with print disabilities, regardless of their place of residence in the EU

Persons with disabilities should be able to fully participate in the information society, in particular having access to digital material (books and other publications), in line with the obligations of the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with disabilities.

The number of accessible publications needs to be increased.

What has the Commission done?

Representatives of rights holders and disabled people signed on 14 September 2010 a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the cross-border circulation of accessible books for people with print disabilities. The MoU aims to ensure that copyrighted and licensed material edited in accessible format under national copyright exceptions or licenses in one Member State is legally available in other EU Member States as well, through trusted intermediaries. This initiative enables people with print disabilities to gain access to an increased number of content regardless of their place of residence in the EU. The publishers are encouraged to produce directly their books in accessible formats.

Recent developments

In 2013, the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or otherwise Print Disabled (WIPO) was adopted.

This event will offer an excellent opportunity to find out more about the Work Programme 2014-2015 for Advanced digital gaming/gamification technologies and Multimodal and Natural Computer Interaction for people with disabilities.
Thursday
06
Feb
2014
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Jean Monnet Building, rue Alcide de Gasperi, Luxembourg

Who should attend?

This event addresses potential applicants for the first Calls under Horizon 2020 in the fields of ICT research & innovation supporting the Advanced Digital Gaming and Multimodal and Natural Computer Interaction for people with disabilities.

• ICT 2014 - Information and Communications Technologies, H2020-ICT-2014-1

• ICT 21 Advanced Digital Gamining/Gamification technologies

• ICT 22-b Multimodal and Natural Computer Interaction Assisting people with disabilities

 

The information day aims at helping participants to better understand the work programme and criteria for the evaluation of proposals, to facilitate sharing of ideas and experiences, and to meet potential partners for project consortia. Please note that the agenda will be focused on the topics mentioned. If you are interested in Horizon 2020 in general, in guidelines for funding applications or financial procedures, you might be better served by attending a national launch event (see Horizon 2020 list of events). Registration In line with the security rules, only registered participants can access the conference centre. Please fill in the registration form which will be available until 31 January. Registration form

What can you expect?


• A plenary session in the morning will provide participants with information on the current work programme and on practical issues related to preparing proposals.
It will include presentations of the following themes in the work programme:
• Horizon2020: What’s new?

• Presentation of Work Programme 2014-2015

              ICT 21 Advanced digital gaming/gamification technologies
              ICT 22-b Multimodal and Natural computer interaction Assisting people with disabilities


• Thematic networking sessions after lunch aim at exploring the various themes of the work programme in more depth. Discussions will be based on contributions and questions from participants.

How can you take part?


• All through the day, participants will have the possibility to present posters in the foyer where coffee will be served. This will be the space to meet potential project partners and to exchange ideas.
• In the networking sessions will be room for a number of short presentations from participants. These should not take longer than five minutes, be limited to the theme addressed by the session and focus on the following questions:
- Where do you see the main challenges in the area?
- How would you address these challenges in your project?
- Which expertise do you provide?
- Which expertise are you looking for to build a consortium?
- How to contact you?


If you wish to present your project idea, send your presentation (max. 5 slides/1 slide per question) on 03 February at the latest to the Inclusion mailbox, clearly indicating which theme you are addressing.
• In the afternoon, participants can present proposal ideas or ask specific questions in bilateral meetings with Commission staff (15 minutes maximum). Please submit your proposal abstract (1 page maximum) by 31 January at the latest to the Inclusion mailbox, clearly indicating which theme you are addressing.


Where and when?
Thursday, 06 February 2014; 09:00-17:00
European Commission
Jean Monnet building, Conference centre, room M6
Rue Alcide de Gasperi
Luxembourg (Kirchberg)


Terms of participation

Participation to the event is free of charge, but travel and accommodation costs are to be borne by delegates. Please note that the European Commission does not issue any personal invitations to this event, nor provide support with visa applications.

Travel information


• Location: The European Commission building 'Jean Monnet' is located in rue Alcide de Gasperi, Plateau de Kirchberg, 3 km from the centre of Luxembourg city. Click here to locate it on Google Maps.
• Accommodation: Please contact your travel agency or the Luxembourg tourist office. The hotels closest to the Jean Monnet building (but not in the centre of the city) are 'Novotel Luxembourg Kirchberg', 'Sofitel Luxembourg Europe' and 'Melia'.
• Transport:
Luxair

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Bus time tables and routes.

The municipal busses 12 and 18 stop directly at the Jean Monnet building.

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Contact

Through the CNECT-G4 mailbox you can contact the European Commission department organising this event.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Paris, France
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The main objective of the Focus Group on Audiovisual Media Accessibility (FG AVA) is to address the need to make audiovisual media accessible for persons with disabilities. The Focus Group encourages participation of all standards development organizations (SDOs) working in this area. The FG AVA is open to ITU Member States, Sector Members, Associates and Academia. It is also open to any individual from a country which is a member of ITU and who is willing to contribute to the work. This includes individuals who are also members or representatives of SDOs as well as other interested stakeholders. The third meeting will be held on 17 November 2011 in Barcelona.
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Geneva
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Geneva, Switzerland
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Internet Governance Forum, Kenya
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Internet Governance Forum, Kenya
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