ILUNION Technology and Accessibility and ONCE Foundation for Cooperation and Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities in Spain are developing a study on travel behavior and accessibility in travel in different countries/ worldwide. The aim is to investigate the preferences, values and satisfaction of tourists travelling around Europe, North America and Asia.
In this survey, there are questions about frequency of travel, preferred destinations, means of transport, etc. In addition to this, there are other questions aimed to evaluating the satisfaction about the adaptation of tourist facilities, resources and services regarding the travellers’ needs and preferences.
This questionnaire is open to ALL TOURISTS WITH DISABILITIES AND ELDERLY, who have done at least with one trip with an overnight stay over the last 2 years, that want to participate in this study and wish to contribute regarding their travelling experience. We would like to remark that responses received are anonymous, and will be analysed for research purposes.
Check out our latest videos, explaining how Cloud4all can benefit users with different needs:
“Cloud4all behind the scenes: How personalisation works for Alicia“: Alicia is a 78-year old immigrant who started experiencing macular degeneration. She’s never liked technology and is having increasing difficulty with it. However, as she is losing her vision – she finds that she has to figure out how to use technology or lose her access to information. Last time she went to her therapist, the therapist introduced her to a screen reader to read things aloud when she can’t read them. She still prefers to read, and uses the screen reader only when she needs to. Mostly it is too complicated to move about the screen with the screen reader. Even when she can see the screen – it is often too confusing for her. To keep sharp and informed, she resolved to read an online international newspaper daily but she gets lost with all the information, links and banners; and the Black-on-White text tires her eyes a lot.
“Cloud4all behind the scenes: How personalisation works for Bob“: Bob is losing his sight lately. He prefers to use “regular” configuration for Windows (with just the cursor being enlarged) and move his face close to the screen to read as much as possible. However, it does not work everywhere or with all devices. Light conditions, the screen size, its angle, the kind of content or his fatigue greatly affect his ability to read the screen. When this happens, he finds that he needs different Windows features turned on and configured even during the same day and on the same device. He is never sure which one will work in each situation though.
Cloud4all has recently launched its latest report: “D5.0 Cloud4all description and innovation”
This document presents comprehensively and sharply the results of Cloud4all from different perspectives: main innovations, users’ view, the Cloud4all engine, developers’ view and scientific approach. All the contents is also scattered throughout this website.
Latest video from Cloud4all. This time the story is told from the user perspective and in Spanish. Manuel Ortega and Lourdes Garcia from Ilunion explain the development and potentiality of the project. Moreover, the video contains some testimonials from users taken from different open days.
A global effort to create a new computer ecosystem that is easily accessible to people with disabilities, senior citizens and others with special needs is set to become reality through a $20 million federal grant to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The five-year project will develop and deploy the first operational version of the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII) in a large-scale pilot test. This new infrastructure will be accessed via the Internet, allowing people who have difficulty using today’s technology to select and configure the assistive features and settings needed to enable their use of the information and communication systems encountered in school, work and the community.
“This project will move research to reality,” says Gregg Vanderheiden, an engineering professor and director of UW-Madison’s Trace Center. “The project will help make it so that whenever a person encounters something with a digital interface — a computer, Web page, TV, themostat — the interface on the device or Web page instantly and automatically changes into a form that the person can understand and use.”
Cloud4all consortium has just released a dissemination video, this time focused on developers & implementers. Kasper Marcus from raising the floor introduces the concept of the GPII as well as the personalisation piece of Cloud4all. Thomas Soens from vision highlights the difficulty of configuring certain features in many devices, hereby Cloud4all intends to automatise those features in all devices just with a sole account. Ferrán Gallego from Code factory explains the integration of Cloud4all and their Mobile Accessiblity for Android App . Finally Andrés Iglesias points out the automatic adaptation of the interface according to the context & environment (too much light, too little, too much noise, etc).
ICT 2015 is the largest ICT event organised by the European Commission that will take place in Lisbon, Portugal (20-22 October 2015).The GPII (Prosperity4All and Cloud4all) will be organising a networking session: Engage in the Global Public Inclusive Infrastructure (GPII)The main objective of this networking session is to talk with people (end-users, researchers, developers, manufacturers and policy makers) who can benefit from and use the GPII allow them to develop and deliver solutions faster, for less cost, and reaching more people. We hope to create linkages between different eInclusion projects and this work, as well as to create links with those in the commercial sector who develop solutions and those from the consumer sector (users and professionals) who will benefit from new access technologies.