The conference is organized in conjunction with the 2015 Daisy Consortium Board Meeting which will be held in Paris between June 9 and 11, 2015. It is open to all those seeking to discover, discuss and exchange best practice in the promotion of access to knowledge for all, including academics, IT professionals, publishers and disability specialists from the public and private sector.
Knowledge is a key driver of social and economic development. It helps shape individual and collective identity and can be a tool for empowerment and inclusion. Its production, dissemination and acquisition continues to gain currency in our information-rich society and economic growth is increasingly determined by society's capacity to transform learning outcomes into quality goods and services.
In this context, disparities in capacity to access and use knowledge can greatly hinder the development of an inclusive society and become a significant source of inequality. While significant progress has been made through assistive technologies and accessibility standards elaborated by major stakeholders such as W3C, IDPF and DAISY, persons with disabilities are still at risk of exclusion, from education in particular.
Access to the tools of production, distribution and acquisition of knowledge for people with disabilities is therefore of crucial importance in modern society. It is also indicative of how we are able to address the need for access to knowledge for all.
Providing they are used appropriately, emerging ICTs can help overcome these disparities and greatly enhance access to knowledge for all. The 2015 European e-Accessibility Forum will aim to provide a concrete demonstration of this through the following themes:
For more information, please visit event webpage at http://inova.snv.jussieu.fr/evenements/colloques/colloques/85_index_en.html.