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Access Israel
Location: Israel

Access Israel is a non-profit organization dedicated to making Israel accessible to all its citizens and visitors. The organization runs a website providing users with free information about accessible tourism in Israel, highlighting general information about Israel, and providing a database of accessible accommodations, transportation, featured itineraries, and general trip-planning assistance for persons with an array of disabilities.

The organization also spreads awareness to the public and to policy-makers about the importance of accessibility and the potential that citizens with disabilities have to impact society. The organization recognizes the enormous human and business value in the 600,000 persons with disabilities living in Israel and addresses the issue not with pity or dependence, but rather with recognition of the vast potential that can be reached by incorporating persons with disabilities in to all walks of life.

In addition to a website on accessible tourism, Access Israel also works with e-accessibility, provides employment for persons with disabilities, offers web-based accessibility training, lobbies for greater accessibility throughout the state, and raises general accessibility awareness throughout Israel.

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Website: Access Israel
Practitioner Name: n/a
Practitioner Tel: +972-9-7451126
Practitioner E-mail: hadar@aisrael.org

Location: Canada

In May of 2007, T-Base Communications, based in Ottowa, Ontario, announced a partnership with Vision Australia, to enable those persons in Australia and New Zealand who are blind or have low vision or restricted mobility, to access financial, telecom and utility statements - as well as other private and personal information - through Braille, large print, e-text, and audio formats. This unique electronic system designed by T-Base Communications is known as AccessAbill, which sends invoices and statements directly to the consumer in the format of choice.
T-Base Communications also works with companies such as American Express, Citigroup, First Data, LaSalle Bank, Merrill Lynch, Nokia, Royal Bank, Symcor, TD, and Verizon Wireless. Formed in 2004, Vision Australia is committed to delivering exceptional and efficient services to the blind and low-vision communities of Australia and New Zealand.

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Website: AccessAbill
Practitioner Name: n/a
Practitioner Tel: 1-800-563-0668
Practitioner E-mail: info@tbase.com

Adaptive Asynchronous Brain-Actuated Control
Location: United Kingdom

AABAC, an acronym for Adaptive Asynchronous Brain-Actuated Control, is a project currently underway between Essex University and Oxford University. Begun in April of 2006, the project will continue through the end of March 2009. The project aims to develop a novel adaptive and asynchronous brain-computer interface (BCI) system for brain-actuated control of intelligent systems and robots. A BCI system detects and analyses brainwaves in order to understand a user's mental state and then translates the mental states into commands for communicating with and controlling computers, robots, and other systems.
AABAC will use adaptive learning to increase the number of control commands mapped from a limited number of mental states. The methods will be assessed using real-time brain-actuated control of an intelligent wheelchair and a robotic arm. BCIs have repaired damaged sight and provided new functionality to paralyzed persons. The AABAC program would allow, for example, those with physical disabilities (with an implanted BCI in their brains) to be able to control computers or robotic limbs simply by thinking about these endeavors.

Website: Adaptive Asynchronous Brain-Actuated Control
Practitioner Name: Dr John Qiang Gan
Practitioner Tel: +44-1206-872684
Practitioner E-mail: casestudies@g3ict.com

Adaptive Multimedia Information System
Location: Switzerland

AMIS stands for Adaptive Multimedia Information System. AMIS is a software program that you can use to read DAISY books. It is self-voicing, meaning that no specialized screen-reading software is needed in order for it to be used by visually impaired people. AMIS is open source software and is provided free of charge. The current version is AMIS 3.1, developed by the DAISY Consortium and released 19 December 2009.

AMIS offers a fully-featured multimedia reading experience. Navigate by section, subsection, page, and phrase, and set bookmarks as you read. Enlarge the font, change the colors, and speed up or slow down the audio. Open books from CD, from your disk, from the web, and have AMIS automatically re-open your most recent book at the point you stopped reading. There are even two display modes: the traditional "default" look and also "basic", which offers a simplified interface.

AMIS supports DAISY 2.02 and DAISY 3 books of several varieties, including full-text/full-audio, audio-NCX, text-only, and multi-volume (DAISY 2.02 only).

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Website: Adaptive Multimedia Information System
Practitioner Name: Mr George Kerscher
Practitioner Tel: n/a
Practitioner E-mail: amis@daisy.org
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Adaptive Technology Center for the Blind (ATCB)
Location: Ethiopia

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) established a computer training center in Ethiopia – Adaptive Technology Centre for the Blind - to assist the blind and visually impaired members of the community to gain access to information and communication technologies.

ATCB, registered as an NGO in 2000 is a non-profit resource and Information Technology center which is essentially a dedicated computer training and Braille transcriber Center focusing on the needs of students and professionals in Ethiopia who are blind or visually impaired. According to the ATCB, it requires several months of hard work to transcribe any full text of ink print edition.

The long process usually involves a phrase-by-phrase dictation by a sighted reader to a blind Braille writer, who copies down the words on a manual Braille-Writer. Once the Braille text is completed, it is reproduced page by page on a Thermoform Braille -duplicating machine The duplication of a single copy, depending on the speed of the operator and the condition of the machine, may take several days. Not only it is time consuming and tedious, the process exposes the people involved in it to an extreme degree of heat that causes them discomfort and eventually results in health problems.

Producing Braille by computerized embossers saves both time and energy. Moreover, embossers are equipped with graphic programs, enabling the Braille readers visualize objects and thereby form clear mental images of the real world under their fingertips, something that wasn’t possible earlier.

The two United Nations specialized agencies will lend their support to the Addis Ababa-based Adaptive Technology Centre for the Blind (ATCB) by training blind students, government employees and others to use computers equipped with adaptive devices. ITU and ATCB will provide the training equipment and software. In addition, ATCB will make available administrative and professional staff and provide the project office with the necessary facilities and transport. For its part, UNESCO will supply training and curriculum-development materials.

Start Date 03-06-2003
End Date 03-06-2005

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Website: Adaptive Technology Center for the Blind (ATCB)
Practitioner Name: Dr Tamru E. Belay
Practitioner Tel: +251-111-566-497
Practitioner E-mail: atcb@ethionet.et
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Location: Greece

ASK-IT is an integrated project, partly funded by the European Commission under the 6th Framework Program, e-Inclusion. The driving vision behind the project is to create a service using ICTs to help improve the everyday lives and independence of mobility-challenged individuals in European cities.

The service connects to the individual through a mobile device such as a cell phone or PDA, providing them with access to relevant and real-time information – primarily for traveling, but also for transportation, leisure activities, local services, and other everyday necessities that are wheelchair accessible. Furthermore, the device keeps a personal profile on the user, noting his or her preferences and requirements. Everything from preferred mode of transportation to wheelchair turning radius is stored. The ASK-IT system caters to all the needs and conditions of the user and has the ability communicate information in all European languages in written format, spoken format (for visually impaired individuals) and graphic format (for illiterate individuals).

The system is currently being tested in eight different European cities and has thus far yielded exceptional results. The intelligence of the system is second-to-none in helping persons with disabilities find accessible resources and facilities while traveling. The organization currently has links to more than 360,000 individuals with disabilities and is active partners with a number of federations and social organizations that seek to ensure a better quality of life for all.

Website: ASK-IT
Practitioner Name: Dr Evangelos Bekiaris
Practitioner Tel: +30-2310-498265
Practitioner E-mail: abek@certh.gr

Assistive Robot Service Manipulator
Location: Netherlands

The iARM, also known as the intelligent Assistive Robotic Manipulator, is a robotic arm manufactured by Dutch firm Exact Dynamics. The robotic arm assists disabled people with a severe handicap in their upper limbs. A significant number of daily activities, which were previously unable to achieve, can be achieved by using the iARM. Due to its broad functionality, it is capable of almost fully compensating the lost arm or hand function of the user.

The iARM is a mobile robot and is attachable to a wheelchair and is mobile. The iARM weighs only 9 kilos and runs on the same battery as a wheelchair. It can be stowed away when it is not being used, with minimal space requirements. If necessary, the robot is detachable from your wheelchair and can be stored in the special storage casing, which comes included with the iARM.

The ARM can aid with eating and drinking, taking medicines, preparing meals, using appliances, scratching itches, shaving, brushing teeth, doing the dishes, using light switches, operating a TV or DVD player, turning the pages of books, picking up objects, shopping, opening doors etc. Since the iARM is a personal device, Exact Dynamics is able to customize certain functions of the iARM to your specific needs. Therefore, several devices to control the iARM have been developed. For instance, the iARM can be controlled by a keypad, a joystick or even by single-button control.

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Website: Assistive Robot Service Manipulator
Practitioner Name: Mr Tim Jones
Practitioner Tel: +31-316-334114
Practitioner E-mail: info@exactdynamics.com

“Breaking Down Barriers” International Disability Film Festival
Location: Russia

The "Breaking down Barriers" International Disability Film Festival held in Moscow, Russia showcased nearly 100 films from 20 countries around the world. The films ranged from documentaries, animated films, films for children, and long and short films dealing with disability. The films competed for awards across 11 categories. The four-day event also included workshops and discussion groups attended by both persons with disabilities and those without.

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Website: “Breaking Down Barriers” International Disability Film Festival
Practitioner Name: n/a
Practitioner Tel: +7-499-245-6879
Practitioner E-mail: festival@perspektiva-inva.ru

Bath Institute of Medical Engineering
Location: United Kingdom

The Bath Institute of Medical Engineering (BIME) has pioneered numerous design and development projects in the field of medical and rehabilitation engineering, working with users and medical professionals to solve problems of disability and healthcare with practical technology. “Football Player”, one of the Institute’s current projects, highlights this type of innovation. After receiving many requests for a device that would allow wheelchair users to play football (soccer) – as there is currently no such product available – BIME hopes to engineer a pioneering product which will allow those who are wheelchair-bound to play football (soccer) in their own way. Two prototype devices, one for powered wheelchair users and one for manual wheelchair users that trap an incoming ball and fire it out again at the push of a button, have already been developed.

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Website: Bath Institute of Medical Engineering
Practitioner Name: Dr Nigel Harris
Practitioner Tel: +44-1225-824103
Practitioner E-mail: info@bime.org.uk

Location: Sweden

BlueEar, part of the Bluetooth Assistive Listening System, aims to develop an open system for assistive listening devices based on the new industry radio standard known as “Bluetooth” (digital wireless communication). BlueEar envisions that, in ten years’ time, persons will be able to switch their hearing aid to a common channel and pick up sound.

A prototype standard will be developed based on the Bluetooth system that will enable the provision of the complex facilities and scenarios demanded by an integrated assistive listening system. A prototype will be developed to demonstrate the functionality of the system. This prototype will prove the technical viability of using Bluetooth. Two sets of workshops will be organised: - One set of workshops with groups of hard of hearing people, to show the advantages of the system over current systems, and to investigate user needs; - The second set of workshops with groups of industrial manufacturers to demonstrate the technical viability of using Bluetooth for assistive listening systems, and to build support for the development of a new 'Profile' for Bluetooth to cover assistive listening devices.

The development of a consensus for a new 'Profile' for Bluetooth will be supported. At the same time, a small set of prototype products will be developed using the new 'Profile' standard. These will incorporate the appropriate ergonomic and aesthetic design attributes. A methodology for validation trials will be developed. Prototype products will be developed and manufactured to validate three different application scenarios (eg workplace, theatre, home). The prototype productswill be trialed with groups of hard of hearing users in three countries. The results will be evaluated.

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Website: BlueEar
Practitioner Name: Mr Mats Dotevall
Practitioner Tel: +46-31-7924400
Practitioner E-mail: casestudies@g3ict.com

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