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IT Funk - IT for funksjonshemmede

IT Funk has been The Norwegian Research Council's RTD-programme on ICT for people with disability.

Universal design and accessibility for all. The purpose of IT Funk has been to contribute to accessibility for all, including persons with disability, to information and communication technology (ICT) and to society through the use of ICT. ICT-based products and services developed for the general market must be accessible and useful for everyone at reasonable prices. IT Funk has paid special attention to areas where accessibility issues impact on a person's life chances, such as education, employment and basic services to citizens.

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Empowering the Visually Impaired (VI) in the Information Society - EVIIS (pre-project)

Executor: Include All AS (Norway) in collaboration with Norwegian and International partners. From Norway: Norwegian Computing Center, MediaLT AS and Norwegian Association of the Blind and Partially Sighted. From USA: Florida State University, Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired and University of North Carolina Greensboro.

Project manager: Dr. Rahul Singh, Include All, Oslo, Norway

Contents: The objective of the project is to help the visually impaired (VI) become effective and equal participants in the information society. Include-All is pursuing a FET Open project to develop learning systems that enable VI users acquire accurate mental models for effective interaction with current and emergent.

Include-All is pursuing a LILAN project to create an online social network of VI users as a living lab to continually improve the learning models and learning system to stay abreast with evolving Web 2.0 and mobile internet technologies.

This pilot project (EVIIS) will help us validate and refine the research we will continue in these main projects. The objective of EVIIS is to:

  1. Design learning modules, using VI users' accurate mental models, to help improve specific Web interaction tasks. The team members have extensive experience in evaluating ICT for accessibility and usability for blind and other visually impaired people.
  2. The secondary objective is to further investigate and identify specific Web interaction tasks that are frequently needed, and present challenges for VI users.
  3. The third objective is to prepare a main project with international partners and create the necessary environment to successfully execute and implement this. The proposal for such a project will be submitted to EU (ICT - 7FP) and other relevant sourced of funding.

Presentations of the research partners at UNC Greensboro can be found at the UNC website and on You Tube.

Project period: July 2010 / March 2011

The Research Council of Norway: RTD-Programme on ICT for disabled people / IT Funk

This document was first published 01.09.2010, and updated 01.10.2012.


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