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The National Accessibility Portal (NAP)
Location: South Africa
Abstract:

The National Accessibility Portal (NAP) in South Africa is a five-year initiative aimed at increasing the inclusion of persons with disabilities into mainstream society. The NAP will be a one-stop resource where individuals with a diverse array of disabilities, as well as their caregivers and medical professionals, can seek relevant information, services, and communication specifically focused on the South African community of persons with disabilities.

The NAP provides disability-related information in all South African languages, including information about legislation, available jobs, the use of special equipment, accessibility advice, sports and cultural events, health and rehabilitation issues, medical services and advice, international links, etc. The NAP website provides free online training both on disability products and in the use of ICTs in the workplace. The initiative is also working on the development of new technology solutions to enable persons with disabilities to overcome specific interaction challenges. In addition, the NAP is dedicated to finding statistics related to disabilities and making them available to the government and to the general public, thus enabling new forms of government services, such as improved logistics and the provision of transport to persons with disabilities.

The project’s aim is to help government and society overcome the notion that persons with disabilities have no option but to be dependent on welfare. Instead, with the help of enabling ICTs, persons with disabilities can become active and productive members of society.



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Website: The National Accessibility Portal (NAP)
Practitioner Name: Ms Kagiso Chikane
Practitioner Tel: +27-012-8412317
Practitioner E-mail: kchikane@csir.co.za
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The Neater Eater
Location: United Kingdom
Abstract:

The Neater Eater was originally a project that began in 1998 and has since evolved into a product of the same name, which is produced commercially and has gone through product versions 2-5 since its initial release. The initial goal of the Neater Easter project was to develop a feeding aid for people with severe tremors, ataxia, or physical disabilities that make independent eating difficult.
 
The project developed an electrically-powered apparatus to assist in both eating and drinking. The device allows for full adjustment between individuals, such as the ability for persons to set their own pace for eating and drinking. The latest version can be set for up to five different users, has an LCD display with multi-language support, and has a plug capability for a joystick. Although the creator of the product was Neater Solutions Ltd., other organizations involved were Chailey Heritage and Business Link.


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Website: The Neater Eater
Practitioner Name: Mr Jon Michaelis
Practitioner Tel: +44-1298-23882
Practitioner E-mail: info@neater.co.uk

The Partnership in Opportunities for Employment through Technology in the Americas
Location: Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and Panama
Abstract:

The Partnership in Opportunities for Employment through Technology in the Americas (POETA) is a joint venture between Microsoft and the Organization of American States (OAS), who partnered in 2001 to work towards technological and educational development in OAS member states. POETA itself began under the Trust for the Americas in 2004 and 2005 and provides technology job retraining and job placement assistance to youth and adults with disabilities at centers located throughout Latin America.

POETA benefits more than 178,000 people in the hemisphere each year. The original priority of providing training for individuals has been modified to include a greater emphasis on strengthening local institutions and developing economic opportunities for the participants. Together, these elements are paving a way towards new development in the region.

POETA began with the support of Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential program in a few community technology centers in Guatemala. Initially, The Trust for the Americas had 31 operational POETA centers in the following Latin American countries: Argentina, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela. By the end of 2010, the numbers rose to 89 operational centers in 20 countries and more than 50 local organizations committed to fulfilling the mission and strengthening the program.


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Website: The Partnership in Opportunities for Employment through Technology in the Americas
Practitioner Name: Maria Liliana Mor
Practitioner Tel: +1-202-458-3296
Practitioner E-mail: mmor@oas.org

The Signing Web
Location: Canada
Abstract:

The Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (ATRC), located at the University of Toronto, opened in September, 1994. The centre is an active and growing site for information resources, training, problem solving, consumer advocacy, and research and development as they relate to access technology. In providing service, the staff at the ATRC inform rather than prescribe, supporting the philosophy of client-directed learning and choice-making. Many of the staff at the ATRC have personal experience with access technologies.

Information in various formats and demonstration work stations cover a wide range of access systems, including alternative keyboards, screen readers, screen magnifiers, voice recognition systems, and optical character recognition technology. The ATRC serves students, staff and faculty from the University of Toronto and other educational institutions in Ontario and around the world. It is also open as a resource to anyone else who wants information about the application of access technology in the educational setting. A large number of activities at the centre focus on access to the Internet. The ATRC takes a proactive approach to research and development. ATRC researchers attempt to work with developers of mainstream technologies before the technologies are fully developed and the design established. This approach helps to avoid the need for retrofits and work-arounds.

The ATRC has established a model World Wide Web site which is used to demonstrate and evaluate various approaches to making information on the Web accessible. The Web site is now used to publish ABILITIES magazine and will be used to publish Archtype, the magazine of Toronto’s Advocacy Resource Centre for the Handicapped. Together with SoftQuad, the ATRC is developing an accessible World Wide Web browsing tools which is optimally compatible with alternative computer access systems and includes a large range of integrated access tools.


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Website: The Signing Web
Practitioner Name: n/a
Practitioner Tel: +1-416-978-4360
Practitioner E-mail: general.atrc@utoronto.ca

Trinity College of Music
Location: United Kingdom
Abstract:

The Trinity College of Music in the United Kingdom prides itself on providing a music education that is equally accessible for all individuals. Beginning in September 2003, however, the two coinciding software programs being used by visually impaired individuals to read and create music were no longer compatible with PCs. The college was therefore forced to take the classes requiring the use of computer programs out of the core curriculum requirements to ensure equality in grading for all students. Recently, however, Trinity created a program to make Applied Music Technology available to all students, regardless of physical ability. The solution included two modules of the BMus program to teach contemporary recording techniques and to enable composers to engage in acoustic and electro- acoustic composition.

The program set out to work with several visually impaired students of music, most of whom had had little to no experience with computers. Solutions that the college made available to students included the combination of screen-reading software, music notation software using Braille, talking scripts, audio recording software, and CD burning software. The students were walked through the technology and immediately began using it to create and read music at levels that were never available to them previously.



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Website: Trinity College of Music
Practitioner Name: James Hitchins
Practitioner Tel: +44-20-8305-4418
Practitioner E-mail: jhitchins@tcm.ac.uk

Wheelchairnet.org
Location: United States
Abstract:

Wheelchairnet.org is a comprehensive website which covers all aspects of life for wheelchairs users, including community resources and access to the latest relevant research. Through its virtual community, users can ask or answer questions, share knowledge, link to information about wheelchair products and services, and learn about and participate in wheelchair research projects. The site includes resources for customers, clinicians, case managers, rehabilitation technology suppliers, and insurance companies.

Among the most helpful resources for wheelchair users provided by the site are options for wheelchair funding, information on wheelchair industry standards, and links to advocacy and support groups specifically tailored to a person’s age, gender, or gravity of disability. In essence, Wheelchairnet.org is a breakthrough virtual community for persons with a common interest in wheelchair technology. The site is free to all users and is sponsored by the RERC (Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center) on Wheeled Mobility at the University of Pittsburgh.



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Website: Wheelchairnet.org
Practitioner Name: n/a
Practitioner Tel: +1-412-586-6908
Practitioner E-mail: ruffing@shrs.pitt.edu

WiseDX
Location: Australia
Abstract:

Originally conceived by the Institute of Child Health in London in collaboration with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, wiseDX was developed over several years is an electronic system that enables a person to drive an electric wheelchair with switches or a joystick or with other special controls, access a communication aid, and control a computer remotely all in one system. The project's goal involves designing a switch system to replace individual controls in the household. The system is available for persons who use one to six switches, combination switches, and switched joysticks. WiseDX is billed as an all-in-one control system for operating wheelchairs and household equipment and is now sold commercially.


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Website: WiseDX
Practitioner Name: n/a
Practitioner Tel: +61-7-38086833
Practitioner E-mail: mail@spectronicsinoz.com

World-Wide Augmentative and Alternative Communication Project
Location: The Netherlands
Abstract:

WWAAC, the World-Wide Augmentative and Alternative Communication Project, was a pan-European initiative to make web- and e-mail-based technology more accessible to persons with communication, language, and/or cognitive impairments. The project recognized that, since both the worldwide web and organization-wide intranets require the ability to use text (traditional orthography), virtually none of the major ICT services widely available in society could be used without adaptation. This was especially the case for users with multiple impairments caused by congenital or acquired brain injury, including deficits in: impressive and/or expressive language, motor function (including speech), perception (interpretation and integration of sensory input), concentration and orientation, and memory and general cognitive capacity. One of the most successful outcomes of the project was the development of a web browser and navigation tool that would allow individuals to use symbols to support communication. A free download of the browser can be obtained from the project website.

A further significant innovation was the initial development of a system for ascribing codes to words based on their meanings or concepts. These concept codes can be transmitted between users of different symbol languages and the messages displayed in the symbol language of the choice of the recipient.



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Website: World-Wide Augmentative and Alternative Communication Project
Practitioner Name: Doeko Hekstra
Practitioner Tel: +31-341-412629
Practitioner E-mail: doeko@handicom.nl
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