Conference Language: English with English real-time captions and interpretation in Dutch and French
COVID-19 entry requirements:
All participants, for each session of the conference (including the gala dinner and 25th Anniversary Party) will have to provide either:
- A vaccination certificate which proves that you have been fully vaccinated for more than 2 weeks;
- A recovery certificate of less than 6 months;
- A negative PCR test taken maximum 72 hours prior to the event.
EASPD Communications Network Workshop: Communicating effectively post COVID-19
Keynote speech by Christophe Ginisty
Round Table disscussions
End of Workshop
Pre-conference hybrid event and networking drinks:
#RightToConnectNow - Accessibility working session with ENTELIS+ team
How to teach about accessibility? Presentation of ENTELIS+ training materials
Accessibility networking session
End of networking session
Panel 1 The Digital Transformation of Support Services
With the world moving towards an increasingly digitised version of life, it is important to adapt online support services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities. This panel will address the key considerations for the digital transformation of support services. Dr Gerard Quinn, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities will elaborate on how the digital services can and should uphold human rights for persons with disabilities. Dr Ramon Daniels, Professor in Assistive Technology in Care, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, will shed light on innovation readiness, capabilities of social services to innovate and why it is difficult to move online. Silke Georgi from Social Heroes will present the key findings on EASPD's latest report on delivering online services. Sarah Boland, Saint John of God Community Services, will give her insights on how support services have transformed with digitalisation. Facundo Chavez Penillas will give his take on tech and services in the framework of Community 2030.
Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf, Head of the Sector Projects and Innovation of AIAS Bologna, will moderate the session.
The panel discussions will be followed by a questions and answers session.
Panel 2 Accessibility, the key to digital inclusion
It is crucial that online services are accessible to persons with disabilities. This panel will provide insight on how support services can lead the way for the development of accessible technology. Klaus Miesenberger, professor at the Johannes Kepler University Linz (JKU) will speak on how services can remove the barriers to accessing support online. Susanna Laurin, Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Funka, will speak on the involvement of end users and how to make a user-centred approach a natural part of the day-to-day business in the development of accessible technology. Inmaculada Placencia-Porrero, DG EMPL, European Commission, will present the European Accessibility Act. Alejandro Moledo from the European Disability Forum will moderate this session.
The panel discussions will be followed by a questions and answers session.
Workshop 1 - Technology in inclusive education
Technological developments can also help in making education more inclusive. In this workshop, Ivana Juraga from Digital Education Unit, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture of the European Commission will expand on The Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027 and the promotion of learning for all. Margarita Gulveska, Executive Director of Open the Windows, will discuss the importance of assistive technology in making education inclusive and Katerina Mavrou, European University Cyprus, will speak on issues of learning design for digital learning and AT enhanced inclusive education.
Workshop 2 - Looking back and ahead: Co-creation in Smart4Health
This workshop focuses on the development of a European health data platform in the Horizon2020 project Smart4Health. By providing hands-on experiences with the platform, the workshop will centre around what should be considered to support the workforce of social and support service providers and enhance the accessibility for diverse users. This workshop will be hosted by Robin Rae and Susanne Oechsner from the University of Vienna. The session will be moderated by Renaud Scheuer of EASPD
Workshop 3 - Digital skills for service providers and persons with disabilities
While the importance of adapting technology to the lives of persons with disabilities has been reiterated, it is equally important for service providers and persons with disabilities to be equipped with the digital skills they need. Nikos Papastamatiou of Senseworks and Panagiotis Korfoxyliotis will present the DDSKILLS project and its digital skills toolkit. Jon Switters, Funka, will deliver a portion of the ENTELIS+accessibility workshop. Ophir Peleg, Shekulo Tov Group will present the MyWay app and how, via the training of both service providers and service users to use these digital tools, it can promote the proactive rehabilitation process for people with disabilities. This workshop will be moderated by Sophia Karagouni from MARGARITA.
Workshop 4 - Technology supporting independent living
Technology has the potential to play a key role in the achievement of independent living for persons with disabilities. Ferran Blanc, Support-Girona will address how Blockchain in Smart Cities can serve as an inclusive tool for persons with disabilities. Ethan Brooks, Waymap, will present the Waymap app and how mobility independence gives freedom. Massimiliano Malavasi, AIAS, will introduce the concept of a Smart Home and how it can positively impact people who want to live more independently. This session will be moderated by Ad van Berlo, CEO of Smart Homes who provide an introduction to the topic of how technology can serve as a base of independent living of persons with disabilities.
Workshop 5 - Inclusion and accessibility through assistive technology
In this workshop Dr Gerald Craddock, Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, will address how to apply a Universal Design approach to create more inclusive technologies for all. Klaus Höckner, Hilfsgemeinschaft will explore how artificial intelligence can and will influence the life of Persons with Disabilities from a technological and ethical perspective. Klaus Miesenberger, Johannes Kepler University Linz, will present the ‘easy reading’ tool and how it can support users with cognitive disabilities on the web. May Agius, Aġenzija Sapport, will speak on the future of Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Finally, Elena Gorcheva and Aneta Morfova, Karin Dom, will present some of the assistive technologies they use in their early intervention service in Bulgaria.
The Zero Project Workshop: Showcasing the new zero project search portal
This workshop will unveil the new search portal of the xero project which will highlight the brand-new functionalities and capabilities of the search portal; bring in USAID ; reveal disability inclusion best practices that are featured on the Zero Project search portal.
Live-demo and presentation of the Zero Project Search Portal
Zero Project Awards – Best Practices from the USAI concerning,“Universal Design for Learning to Help All Children Read:Promoting Literacy for Learners with Disabilities"
“The power of sharing best practices”. Flash round discussion between:
Round of Q and A
|18h30||Conference Dinner, Thon Hotel EU|
Panel 3 Assistive Technologies - the future is now
Assistive technology is software or equipment that can be used by individuals, including persons with disabilities, to be able to more easily use/access another product, system, service or digital environment. Elaborating on this, David Banes, Access and Inclusion Services will highlight the impact of emerging technological developments on the lives of persons with disabilities. Kamil Goungor, ENIL, will further talk about the pitfalls and advantages of assistive technology for persons with disabilities. Noa Nitzan, Beit Isse Shapiro, will provide insights on how assistive technology can promote play and leisure activities for people with disabilities. Furthermore, Lorenzo Desideri, AIAS Bologna, will discuss the importance of measuring both outcomes and impact of AT service delivery in light of the most recent global trends in the field. The session will be moderated by Katerina Mavrou from the European University Cyprus, AAATE.
The panel discussions will be followed by a questions and answers session
B-Wise Launch Event: Digital skills for the Work Integration Social Enterprises of tomorrow
Launching ceremony of the B-WISE project
Opening Remarks from the European Commission
Questions and Answers
Workshop 6 - Disruption in Social Care: shaping the transformative effect of Online Platforms
Online platforms have their fair share of impact on the lives of persons with disabilities and to understand this impact, Lieve Dekempenee, director of Hubbie vzw, will shed light on the possible pitfalls and advantages of these platforms. Mark Bergfeld from Uni Europa will give further insights on social care and the way digitalisation is impacting it.
Presentation of 2 Online Platform Models
Workshop 7 - The impact of technology on integrated healthcare and social support
This workshop will look at the impact of technology on integrated healthcare and social support. Inge Valstar, ZonMw, will elaborate on this by discussing the development of e-health in Europe. Maria Marques, UNINOVA, will give a demo of the Smart4Health online platform which supports caregivers at work and at home. Myriam Sillevis Smitt, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, will present the SEURO project, which will advance research into the use of digital health technologies for chronic disease self-management. Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf from AIAS Bologna Onlus will moderate the workshop.
Workshop 8 - Let's have fun - Technology in Art and Leisure
Just like every other sphere of our lives, even art and leisure has been impacted by technology, therefore, it is important to make it inclusive. Annat Friedman from Rett association will speak about the use of accessible digital art tools with young adults, from a digital art therapy perspective. Ms Friedma will be joined by Orla O'Sullivan from Viboxo SoundSenses, who will discuss how technology can help in making the deaf and blind enjoy and play music.
Workshop 9: Innovation Booster Technology & Special Needs - The Swiss way to design service and technology with and for people with disabilities
In this workshop, service design methodology used in the Swiss project Innovation Booster Technology & Special Needs will be presented and discussed. Through an innovative approach based on ethnomethodology and roleplay, participants of this workshop will learn how to design service and technology with and for people with disabilities. This interactive session will be conducted by Emmanuel Fragnière, Noémie Moulin & Benjamin Nanchen from the FRH foundation.
Enabling the support services of the future: what role for policy makers?
This panel will bring together stakeholders from a European and national level to explore the policy frameworks that need to be developed to enable the delivery of the support services of tomorrow.
|15h45||End of Conference|
|20h00||EASPD 25th Anniversary Party, Concert Noble|