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.
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).
One of those days where all the thinking heads of Cloud4all were together, we shot this short video which intends to give a grasp of the project form the Academia standpoint. Players from the dream team of accessibility such as Gregg Vanderheiden (Raising the floor), Jutta Treviranus (IDRC), Pier Luigi Eimilini (e-Inclusion lab florence), Sylvain Giroux (Sherbrooke University) or Patrick Roe (EPFL) comment on this video the overall scientific idea of the project and its theorietical implications in other fields.
Following the path started last week with Alicia´s Story, our partners of Singular Logic from Greece, have also produced and edited this video that intends to show real life examples of Cloud4all impact.
The second video of Cloud4all Stories Series shows how a couple of pensioners with different needs can watch tv together (using different settings). Bob & Anna have recently retired and think is time to enjoy life. They both go for groceries, walk around the park and enjoy their favourite TV series very often. Bob has a low vision impairment, whereas Anna still sees ok. Hereby when watching TV, Bob needs a high contrast and audio description so that he can fully understands the context and action of the movie. This is a burden for Anna, nonetheless thanks to Cloud4all and GPIII, a solution can be reached. After personalising the settings, Bob can plug-in the headphones in order to get the audio description there while the main audio remains the same. Contrast can be adjusted to the mid-level so that they both can coexist. Whenever Bob leaves the room, Anna can easily deactivate Bob´s features and get back to normal. Bob can easily do the same.
There is a new video from the Cloud4all Story series produced and edited by Singular Logic. The intention behind these series is to give insights about the real impact, use and application of Cloud4all. This time the story of Alicia is depicted. Alicia is a 70 years old pensioner living in a house for the elderly. Additionally, she suffers some sort of visual impairment. Even though she is willing to catch up with the current world news, Alicia sometimes has problems due to her special needs when surfing the web. She requires a high contrast and a big font size at least in order to navigate easily. Nonetheless these settings are not easy to adjust, therefore every time she uses a computer, she needs help for that. Here is where magic happens with Cloud4all and GPII due to the fact that only by keying-in a USB pen-drive all these adjustments are made automatically without the need to seek external help. Our partners from Singular Logic have successfully shown a down to earth application of Cloud4all.
The last 12th of March, Ilunion celebrated a GPII/Cloud4all/P4all Open Day at their Malaga premises. Due to the fact that some of the researchers working for this project are placed there, a dissemination event was organised with two target audiences, on the one hand a delegation of Computer Science and Engineering students from Utrech University (The Netherlands) and on the other, professionals working in the transport services industry.