January 2009 Blogposts (14)

New AbilityNet Blog - MP brands dyslexia a ‘fiction’ - AbilityNet Brands Solutions a ‘fact’

New AbilityNet Blog - MP brands dyslexia a ‘fiction’ - AbilityNet Brands Solutions a ‘fact’ - www.abilitynet.org.uk/blog - Reading and writing problems are very real to many people - whatever the reason whythat exists - those of us in this field know that technology can help. This blog article is a useful reminder that many solutions are already built into workstations

Added by David Banes on January 29, 2009 at 17:18 — No Comments



Overall goal: to protect human rights and improve livelihoods of person with disabilities in

developing countries


Reference: EuropeAid/127763/C/ACT/TPS

Deadline for submission of the Concept Notes: 10 February 2009


1. based in an EU member state or in project targeted countries

2. significant organisational resources… Continue

Added by Ian Clifford on January 29, 2009 at 17:03 — 5 Comments

Accessible Powerpoint - A Simple Guide

I spent the last two days in Brussels looking at CIP funding for ICT and inclusion - throughout the workshops there were many presentations - at one point I was struggling to read the powerpoints and take notes and listen to the speaker when it struck me that many of my problems were caused by poor ease of viewing in the slides. Sligtly bizarre when yiou remember the topics we were there to discuss.

As a result I thought it might be helpful for telecentres to have a quick and easy… Continue

Added by David Banes on January 28, 2009 at 15:31 — No Comments

"New Ways of Youth Participation Based on ICTs", Council of Europe Seminar, March 2009

Dear all,

Directorate of Youth and Sport of the Council of Europe is organizing a three days seminar on e participation between 16 and 18 March 2009. The seminar which will be organized at the European Youth Center in Strasbourg is titled "New Ways of Youth Participation Based on ICTs".

As I was vice chair and a member of the previous mandate of the Advisory Council on Youth of the CoE, I am invited to give a speach at the closing session of the seminar.

Hence I… Continue

Added by Basak Saral on January 28, 2009 at 10:08 — 2 Comments

UK Prime Minster Gordon Brown supports UK online centres in video address for e-government awards

Prime Minster Gordon Brown has specifically praised the success of the UK online centres network in a speech given this week at the e-Government National Awards. The Prime Minster said: "We must also work hard to ensure that those who still don't use the internet do not get left behind. And one of the big challenges in moving towards a fairer and more equal Britain will be to build on the success of our 6000 UK online centres to train even more people to use the internet." The awards… Continue

Added by Ian Clifford on January 26, 2009 at 12:30 — 3 Comments

Brussels 26/27 Jan

Anyone in Brussels this Monday and Tuesday for CIP funding briefings

If so do please say hello and lets see if we can work together for accessibility

David Banes
Director of Development

Added by David Banes on January 25, 2009 at 13:18 — No Comments

Windows 7 - Major accessibility improvements

Weve blogged on this at www.abilitynet.org.uk/blog but very quick summary is

Windows 7 beta has some major upgrades to its accessibility options/ease of access

1 Full screen magnification in Magnifier

2 Resizeable on screen keyboard

3 Full word prediction in the On screen Keyboard

4 Multiple profiles now easily managed in Voice recognition

5 Enlarged dispaly settings available from desktop

Very good news and I think… Continue

Added by David Banes on January 25, 2009 at 13:15 — 2 Comments

Social software for inclusion of (marginalized) young people: be a part of it!

We would like to invite you to be a member of the Advisory Board of the INCLUSO project.

The INCLUSO project is a collaborative action between seven European partners, funded by the European Union in its 7th Framework programme of Research.

INCLUSO aims to deliver a verifiable proof that ICT, and more precisely, social software… Continue

Added by Jan Dekelver on January 25, 2009 at 11:23 — No Comments


Telecentre.org is organizing a Content Facilitator meeting in Barcelona, in Esplai Foundation headquarters.
I am really happy for it, not only because it is a really interesting chance to contact, share and exchange ideas and experiences, but because this kind of meetings generate always a direct impact to the communities.

I am really excited about it, and I will collect the best ideas to share with you all.

Added by Laia Fauró Gual on January 22, 2009 at 18:39 — 1 Comment

AbilityNet Accessibility Podcast - now available and free

Our first ever accessibility Podcast is now up and available at www.abilitynet.org.uk/podcast. Presented by Robin Christopherson and myself this first edition includes - Accessible Toys for Children with a disability, Feedback from Vienna, Technology and disability roundup, up and coming events and Top tips for acessible technology.

We are already collecting resources for the Feb edition and would love to get some feedback from members

All the very best

David… Continue

Added by David Banes on January 10, 2009 at 21:13 — No Comments

“Surf the net- Think privacy” - VIDEO COMPETITION

Hello Everybody,

There is an interesting Video Competition!

For those of you involved with centers working with youth 15-19 years old who are from EU member states, below might be nice opportunity. Deadline is rapidly approaching, but apparently no/very few entries to date. I’ve heard among the prizes are an X-box (as well as trip to Brussels J). Note the “twinning” or multi-country category!

Check the webside: www.dataprotectionday.eu

Good… Continue

Added by Laia Fauró Gual on January 9, 2009 at 10:21 — No Comments

Accessibility 2.0 - Podcasts now available for free

A couple of people have referred to using web 2.0 applications to involved young people in using technology. Last year we ran a conference on how we can make these applications more accessible to people with a disability - you can find the notes, presentations and podcasts at http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/newsarticle68 where they can be downloaded for free - I hope you find them useful

David Banes

Added by David Banes on January 8, 2009 at 12:31 — No Comments

Braille 200 years old !

Well not quite - its actually 200 years since the birth of Louis Braille - lots of details at http://www.braille200.ca/

Although Braille is used slightly less now than it once was (the advent of text to speech is a key reason) its still worth knowing how to convert documents into Braille for learners.

There are three key elements that you need to be aware of

1) Design

2) Convert

3) Emboss

The design of documents is very important - you… Continue

Added by David Banes on January 5, 2009 at 18:51 — No Comments

MytecC- Mediterranean Youth Technology

MYTecC is a crossroad where youngsters meet to delve from the Web 2.0 technologies related knowledge and skills that would help them succeed in their lifelong professional journey, it’s a human network across borders bringing youngsters together to interact, share ideas and know about other cultures, it’s a fertile platform where young minds can grow in harmony and open up to a globalizing world, it’s definitely a unique opportunity for yout to shine… Continue

Added by Burcu Kilinc on January 5, 2009 at 14:17 — 3 Comments

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