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ÆGIS User Forum and 1st Pan-European Workshop
  • Slough-London, UK
  • June 4-5, 2009

ÆGIS (Open Source-based Generalised Accessibility Support for Mainstream ICT- (http://www.aegis-project.eu/), supported by the 7th Framework Programme on Research and Technological Development of the European Union, aims to develop an Open Accessibility Framework (OAF) through which aspects of the design, development and deployment of accessible mainstream ICT are addressed. The OAF will provide developers with embedded and built-in accessibility solutions, as well as toolkits for "engraving" accessibility in existing and emerging mass-market ICT-based products, thus making accessibility open, plug and play, personalised and configurable, realistic and applicable in various contexts. Simultaneously, the project will provide Open Source Accessible Desktop Applications to the end-users (people with disabilities, older people).

ÆGIS is placing users and their needs at the centre of all its ICT developments. This is why the project is inviting end-users of assistive technology (related to usage on PC, mobiles and the internet) to their first Pan-European User Forum on Thursday 4th June 2009 at Research In Motion UK Ltd, Slough, Berkshire, United Kingdom. The project aims at having fruitful discussions between both end-users and application developers, thus better understanding their needs when wanting to use accessible desktop, mobile and internet applications. It will ensure that future technologies and services will meet the needs of the end-users, and both mainstream and assistive technology developers.

The next day, Friday 5th of June, they organize their first Pan-European Workshop at the same premises. This workshop will present the preliminary findings of the project, and will stimulate discussions between both end-users and application developers. Its outcome will be taken into account by the Consortium during the further course of the project. Key stakeholders from relevant areas are expected to participate (such as end users’ representatives and organisations, EC representatives, technologies developers, etc.). This workshop therefore is an excellent chance to meet experts from relevant fields.

To participate, please download the invitation letters and complete the registration form for each event (see below links). Participation is free of any charge.

Invitation letter and agenda User Forum, Thursday 4 June 2009:

* http://www.aegis-project.eu/docs/AEGIS_User_Forum_invitation_letter.doc

Invitation letter and agenda Workshop, Friday 5 June 2009:

* http://www.aegis-project.eu/docs/AEGIS_Workshop_invitation_letter.doc

You can equally register online via http://www.aegis-project.eu/user_forum.html.