Able to Include has been selected to deliver an interactive session on disability and technology at ICT 2015 – Innovate, Connect, Transform, the largest ICT-related event in the European Union. Organised by Digital Agenda for Europe, the conference took place on 20-22 October 2015 in Lisbon and gathered more than 4000 participants. The event comprised a number of parallel activities, including a policy conference presenting the European Commission’s policies and initiatives on Research & Innovation in ICT, an interactive exhibition, as well as varied networking sessions.
Partners of the Able-to-Include project gave an interactive networking session. Our session at ICT 2015 had an educational role, informing the wider public, as well as developers, service providers and policy-makers of the difficulties people with intellectual disabilities are facing when trying to access technological developments.
The attendees, split into small groups, were able to test our different tools, such as converting text into pictograms or into accessible formats. We discussed the dangers of the internet from the perspective of people with intellectual disabilities, and solutions to increase accessibility. The configuration of the room allowed an important level of interaction, fostering dialogue on what it takes to create accessible software for people with intellectual disabilities, and develop their skills and confidence.
We took advantage of this event to gather comments and suggestions from the participants. We have incorporated their feedbacks into the development of the accessibility layer.
Meeting like-minded individuals, committed to using technology as a tool to create a better world, only reinforced our strong confidence that this project will significantly help persons with intellectual disabilities to access the digital world.