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Seventeen years ago the European Commission funded HEART (Line C) project released a report on rehabilitation technology service delivery, describing the processes from 16 countries and making recommendations for improvement by market stimulation and quality assurance. Service delivery of...
Technology that assists persons with disabilities has been offered since long in the European countries. Many companies have been involved in the different support areas mainly for restoration and enhancement of hearing, vision, mobility and handling or assistance of activities of daily living....
In European research projects in the field of technology and disability the interest in policy and legislation can be seen to have emerged in the 1980s. Over the years, several project researchers have analysed the development of European policies and legislation, as have other actors. Parallel...
Over the last twenty to twenty-five years 'Design for All' principles and practices including Assistive Technologies have been collected into formal and informal courses which have been used to train designers of Information and Communication products and systems. The aim of this paper is to...
The paper considers the Information and Communication Technology sector to discuss some general characteristics of the activities meant to favour inclusion through the use of technology, as well as of the attitudes of actors in this sector. The paper does not claim to give a comprehensive...
When the HEART (Horizontal European Activities in Rehabilitation Technology) project presented its results to its Honorary Council in November 1994 at Saltsjöbaden outside Stockholm, it was with a sense of pride and knowledge that the work done amounted to a unique investigation into the field...
For many years in the modern era, care for persons with severe functional impairment or disability also implied respecting their person, their rights for self-determination and autonomy. To support autonomy many types of assistive equipment have been developed. They are often very specialized,...
This article presents the initial results from the first road-mapping event organised on the theme technology-transfer in the field of assistive and ICT products by the FP7 Coordination Action CARDIAC (Coordination Action in R&D in Accessible and Assistive ICT). The paper will first of all set...
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