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AEGIS presentation at DRT4ALL (by Karel Van Isacker - EPR)

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  • 1. AEGIS delivers ÆGIS 1st pan European UserMr. Karel Van Isacker Forum & WorkshopEPR 4&5 June 2009 Research In Motion UK Ltd, Slough, Berkshire, United Kingdom
  • 2. Project Coordinates• Project Name: Open Accessibility Everywhere: Groundwork, Infrastructure, Standards• Project Short Name: ÆGIS• Contract: ÆGIS - FP7-224348• Programme: 7th Framework-Programme• Duration: 01 September 2008 – 31 August 2012, 48 Months• Total Budget: € 12.600.861• EC Requested Funding: €8.220.000• Project Management Team: – Coordinator: Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT), Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) – Technical Manager: ORACLE 2 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 3. Some facts• A total EU population of 501 million*• An estimated 45 million people in the EU have a long-standing health problem or disability (LSHPD)**• IMPORTANT: Different definitions of “disability” (6- 30% between the Member States)* http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu, 1 July 2010** Data extracted from the 2002 EU Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the 2004 EU Statistics on Incomes and Living Conditions 3 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 4. Disability rates in working population 4 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 5. Fragmented AT market with a complex buying process• EU AT industry is complex and characterised by: – a large number of products, – a large number of SMEs, – different service provider systems (public health systems, public social systems, private organisations and associations dedicated to the AT sector) that are used to get AT ICT products to the end-users with disabilities, – and different reimbursement schemes by national and local authorities.• Cause: – Local legislation necessitates a customised approach (e.g. many different national and local reimbursement schemes) ; – AT ICT often developed in a local language, thus creating an important barrier between the different country markets of the EU – AT software products providers often very small, and have both a limited product offering and geographical scope 5 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 6. Purchase of AT by end-users• The medical oriented model: – Starting point is the handicap where the physician initiates necessary procedures and must approve the need for listed and reimbursed AT based on medical arguments.• The social oriented model – Based upon national legislation and local and decentralised execution, and involves national/local agencies that coordinate the provision and funding of AT, often also after the person with disability is evaluated by a panel of medical experts (like in the medical oriented model) to define the degree of disability, and the access to subsidies.• The consumer oriented model: – The end-user has direct contact with a retailer in order to get his/her AT product (e.g. personal budget). 6 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 7. Purchase of AT by end-users APPLS FOR VOICE SOFTWARE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL HEARING AIDS BRAILLE READERS COMMUNICATION COMMUNICATION CONTROL SYSTEMSAUSTRIA medical social social social socialBELGIUM medical social social social socialDENMARK social social social social socialFINLAND medical medical medical medical medicalFRANCE medical social consumer social + consumer social + consumerGERMANY medical social social social socialGREECE medical consumer consumer consumer consumerHUNGARY medical consumer consumer consumer consumerIRELAND medical + consumer medical + consumer medical + consumer medical + consumer medical + consumerITALY medical medical medical medical socialNETHERLANDS medical social social social socialPORTUGAL medical consumer medical + social social + consumer consumerSLOVAKIA medical social social social consumerSLOVENIA medical medical medical social + consumer social + consumerSPAIN medical * consumer social + consumer social + consumer socialSWEDEN medical medical medical medical medicalUK medical social social consumer social 7 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 8. Current barriers• Some recurring themes and arguments. Most important problems with the use of AT are – the lack of user awareness, – the difficult access, – the high purchasing costs, – the mismatch between end-users needs and the offered AT.• “Ignorance is bliss, but an abyss for impaired end-users” – Basic functionalities like text messaging, sending emails or creating documents are frequently used, but end-users still have to face many barriers when trying to access these basic functionalities. – Emphasizes the need for adequate training and instruction material on how to use AT. 8 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 9. AEGIS’ aim•ÆGIS aims, through user research and prototype development with currentand next-generation ICT,•to develop and validate the necessary infrastructure and accessibilityframeworks needed for deeply embedding accessibility into the desktop, cellphone, PDA, and rich Internet applications;•with a focus on the needs of users with mild, severe or complex disabilitiesserved via assistive technologies;•and to propose these results to the appropriate standards organisations foradoption, as well as to make them available through Open Source as much aspossible. “Man on the moon” statement: Make cell phone, PDA and rich Internet applications fully accessible by default, and affordable applying an Open Source approach 9 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 10. The Consortium Beneficiary name CountryCenter for Research & Technology Greece CzechORACLE RepublicFundación Vodafone España SpainUniversity of Cambridge UKAOL LLC UKKatholieke Universiteit Leuven BelgiumFraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Germanyangewandten Forschung e.V.Nottingham Trent University UKSingular Logic Greece CzechCzech Technical University RepublicEuropean Platform for Rehabilitation BelgiumUniversidad Politécnica de Madrid / Life SpainSupporting TechnologiesONCE Foundation SpainTechnosite SpainBlue Point IT Solutions S.r.l. RomaniaVASTRA GOTALANDS LANS LANDSTING SwedenFemtioprocent Data AB SwedenInclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) - CanadaFaculty of Design | OCAD UniversityResearch In Motion Limited Canada 10 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 11. The AEGIS Users• Developers of ICT infrastructure, applications and services; – AT developers/experts-Accessibility assessors – Mainstream s/w developers/experts – OS developers – Web /Desktop/Mobile applications developers• End-users; people with disabilities & elderly, experiencing one or more of the following mild to severe impairments; – Blind and low-vision users (partly sighted & fully blind) – Motor impairment users (upper limbs) (dexterity difficulties or slight restriction on arms or hands, moderate restriction on hand use, severe or complete restriction on hand use) – Cognitive impairment users / learning difficulties (slight cognitive limitation and low support need, moderate and severe cognitive limitation and medium and high support need) – Hearing impairment users (slight or moderate limitation, severe limitation or total deafness) – Speech / Communication impairment users (aphasia, loss of the ability to produce and/or comprehend language, stuttering & dysarthria -motor speech disorder resulting from neurological injury, characterised by poor articulation) 11 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 12. The ÆGIS Stakeholders’ Groups• Indirectly, stakeholders who are engaged with the well being of people with disabilities are involved, i.e.: – End-user organisations • Disability Now, Werkgroep Vorming en Aktie, etc. – Umbrella organisations • EDF, VFG, KVG, etc. – (Public / private social security) service providers – (in)Formal Care-givers – Teachers / tutors/ trainers – Family members – Insurance companies – Health care and emergency support service providers 12 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 13. Targeted domains• Desktop and mobile user agents and web browsers• Web applications (with emphasis on rich Internet applications, such as accessible browsers, charts, drag-and-drop functionalities,…)• Mobile applications and devices (e.g. smart phones, PDAs, etc.)• Developers tools 13 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 14. The evolution of AssistiveTechnology 14 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 15. The evolution of AssistiveTechnology• 1st Generation Accessibility: late 60- 70s, and early 80s • Access to computers for people with visual impairments via speech (Optacon applications) • Visual impaired via special hardware • First Braille printers • Speaking calculators 15 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 16. The evolution of AssistiveTechnology• 2nd Generation Accessibility: late 80-90s, and early 2000 • Software TTS, access to the GUI. • Software driven magnification. • Speech Recognition, OCR (Optical Character Recognition). • Specialised targeted software for people with learning difficulties. 16 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 17. The evolution of AssistiveTechnology• 3rd Generation Accessibility: started in 1997 • Every graphical element is accessible (sound, image, etc.) • Web accessibility; WCAG, UAAG, ATAG, etc. • Accessibility APIs • Microsoft Office - MSAA (Microsoft® Active Accessibility®), add-on since Windows® 95, UI Automation since Windows® Vista • Apple Macintosh - Accessibility APIs: supported by e.g. Carbon, Cocoa • Java platform - Java Accessibility API: in Swing, Oracle UI toolkits, others • Already used by JAWS, ZoomText, Virgo 17 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 18. 2nd generation vs. 3rd generationAccessibility Screen Scraping Open Desktop with OAF 18 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 19. AEGIS application areasDesktop accessibility: the AEGIS suit of tools Web application accessibility: the AEGIS RIA platformRich cell phone & PDA accessibility: the AEGIS mobile companion Available on: •Android market •SourceForge •Free download 19 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 20. Rich cell phone & PDAaccessibility: the AEGIS mobilecompanion 20 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 21. And our results…• Mobile applications (demos with me  ) • Dasher for Android / iPhone • Accessible Contact Manager and Phone Dialer, Java version - Android version • Accessible RTT for mobile • Tekla Onscreen Keyboard (and optionally Tekla Bluetooth Shield) 21 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 22. Mobile apps 22 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 23. Desktop accessibility: the AEGISsuit of tools 23 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 24. And our results…• Desktop applications • Ubuntu/Fedora • ORCA screenreader • GnomeShell Magnifier • OpenOffice.org / LibreOffice • Concept Coding Framework for LibreOffice • Accessibility Checker for LibreOffice • Odt2braille • Odt2daisy • eSpeak TTS Engine (Language Enhancement) • OpenGazer 24 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
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  • 28. Web application accessibility:the AEGIS RIA platform 28 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 29. And our results…• Rich internet applications • Haptic RIA maps (CERTH-ITI) • MooTools UI components • Accessible jQueryUI Components • WAIARIA implementation on UI toolkits • CMS demonstrator • Accessibility Advisor (CVUT) 29 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
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  • 31. And some more results…• Personas (AEGIS - 17 and ACCESSIBLE – 13 project) • 30 in total under Creative Commons licence • New ones will be created in context of VERITAS project• Developer tool plugins on accessibility • E.g. NetBeans Plugin that helps developers with creating ARIA 31 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 32. Pilots in 3 iterative phases and 4 sites (1/2) Pilot phase Swedish Pilot site UK Pilot Site Belgium Pilot site Spanish Pilot site (SU-DART) (ACE, RNIB, NTU) (EPR, KUL) (UPM, FONCE)Equipment per site  10 desktop stations with a mix of Windows, OpenSolaris, GNU/Linux, Macintosh, and thin-client systems(usability labs)  10 PDAs with a mixture of CDC, CLDC, RIM Blackberry, and JavaFX Mobile  10 mobile phones with a mixture of CDC, CLDC, RIM Blackberry, and JavaFX Mobile  “Observer”, “Pocket observer”, or other professional s/w package for collection, analysis and presentation of user actions on the pc and the nomad devices  “uLog” or equivalent s/w for automatic recording of user interaction  Stationary and mobile device cameras to capture user actionsPhase I: WoZ  10 cognitive impaired  10 blind/low vision  10 blind/low vision  10 blind/low visiontrials and mock-  10 motor impaired  10 motor impaired  10 motor impaired  10 motor impairedups (Month 16-18)  10 speech impaired  10 speech impaired  10 cognitive impaired  10 cognitive  5 experts  5 experts  10 hearing impaired impaired  5 tutors  5 tutors  10 speech impaired  10 hearing impaired  5 experts  10 speech impaired  5 tutors  5 experts  5 tutorsPhase II: early  10 cognitive impaired  10 blind/low vision  10 blind/low vision  10 blind/low visionprototypes  10 speech impaired  10 motor impaired  10 motor impaired  10 motor impairedevaluation (Month  5 experts  10 speech impaired  10 cognitive impaired  10 cognitive26-28)  5 tutors  5 experts  10 hearing impaired impaired  5 developers  5 tutors  10 speech impaired  10 hearing impaired  5 developers  5 experts  10 speech impaired  5 tutors  5 experts  5 developers  5 tutors  5 developers 32 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 33. Pilots in 3 iterative phases and 4 sites (2/2) Pilot phase Swedish Pilot site UK Pilot Site Belgium Pilot site Spanish Pilot site (SU-DART) (ACE, RNIB, NTU) (EPR, KUL) (UPM, FONCE)Phase III: final  20 cognitive impaired  20 blind/low vision  20 blind/low vision  20 blind/low visionprototypes  20 speech impaired  20 motor impaired  20 motor impaired  20 motor impairedevaluation (Month  10 experts  20 speech impaired  20 cognitive impaired  20 cognitive impaired36-38)  10 tutors  10 experts  20 hearing impaired  20 hearing impaired  5 developers  10 tutors  20 speech impaired  20 speech impaired  5 developers  10 experts  10 experts  10 tutors  10 tutors  5 developers  5 developersDemonstration  ~100 users, experts, tutors  20 blind/low vision  20 blind/low vision  20 blind/low vision(Month 30-39) and developers)  20 motor impaired  20 motor impaired  20 motor impaired  20 speech impaired  20 cognitive impaired  20 cognitive impaired  10 experts  20 hearing impaired  20 hearing impaired  10 tutors  20 speech impaired  20 speech impaired  5 developers  10 experts  10 experts  10 tutors  10 tutors  5 developers  5 developers 33 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 34. Forthcoming final workshop andconference• 28-30 November 2011• Brussels, Belgium• www.aegis-conference.eu• Free access, but registration obligatory as placed are limited• More relevant events are announced via www.accessforall.eu portal. 34 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011
  • 35. Contact us via: - aegis@epr.eu - twitter.com/aegisproj (also via Accessible Twitter) - www.aegis-project.eu 35 DRT4ALL 2011, ONCE, Madrid, 27/06/2011