ABLE-TO-INCLUDE will achieve the following specific objectives:

  1. Create an open-source context aware accessibility layer for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD), based on  the integration and composition of at least 3 technologies:
    • Text and content simplifier (Simplext technology, developed by partners ASI and UPF)
    • A pictogram-text, text-pictogram and pictogram-pictogram translation tool (WAI-NOT technology, developed by partners KU Leuven and TM)
    • Text-to-speech functionalities (open-source available solutions)
  2. Create an open source Software Developer Kit (SDK) supporting the technical integration of the accessibility layer for people with intellectual disabilities with existing and future ICT applications.
  3. Adapt the already-developed technologies for their use in the pilots:
    • The current version of the text Simplext simplifier has been created and extensively tested in Spanish. The tool will be adapted forABLE-TO-INCLUDE to be used in English. Rules, grammar, thesaurus will be revised in order to use it in another language.
    • Currently, the state of the pictogram translation tool WAI-NOT is already completely functional for Dutch and two sets of pictograms: the Dutch versions of Beta and Sclera. During the project it will be translated into English and Spanish, and allowing translation to the Spanish and English versions of Sclera pictograms.
  4. Promote the use of augmented and alternative communication tools based on the accessibility layer.
  5. Validate the integration of the accessibility layer with existing ICT applications involving at least 300 people with IDD (100 per country) in three usage scenarios
    • Leisure (Spain, UK, Belgium): Integration of the accessibility layer with at least three ICT applications for social communications, preferably Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp.
    • Transport (Belgium, UK): Integration of the accessibility layer with an urban transport guidance system smart phone app for people with IDD.
    • Labour Inclusion (Spain): Integration of the accessibility layer with the three key technologies (Simplext, WAI-NOT and text-to-speech) used by people with IDD working as administrative assistants.
  6. Successfully deploy and coordinate an open innovation process for the creation and engagement of an open-innovation community in the development and long-term sustainability of ABLE-TO-INCLUDE project
  7. Successfully impact the accessibility of current and future ICT applications by generating a prosperous open innovation ecosystem around the release of the accessibility layer as an open source system.
  8. Generate a global business plan for the future exploitation of the accessibility layer