Centre for Universal Access & Assistive Technologies
The HCI Lab hosts and operates the Center for Universal Access and Assistive Technologies (CUA&AT).
The main objective of the Centre is to support the equal participation and socio-economic integration of people with various types of disability in the emerging Information Society, by developing accessible applications and services. These are based on the principles of Universal Access, and aim to facilitate independent living, interpersonal communication, education, vocational training and employment.
The activities of the Centre include:
- Studies on eAccessibility and eInclusion, accessibility guidelines and policy interventions at national as well as at European level.
- Technology development and applications in a variety of domains, including access to the World Wide Web, text processing, electronic books, interpersonal communications, special education and vocational training, etc.
- Technical development and consulting services to user organizations, industrial organizations government agencies and non-market institutions.
Furthermore, the Centre is:
- Actively involved in the eEurope / eAccessibility Initiative of the EC and in the establishment of national measures to implement the recommendations of these initiatives by member states.
- The co-ordinator of GR-DeAN, the Greek Design for All eAccessibility Network operating as the National Contact Centre in the context of EDeAN, the European Design for All eAccessibility Network. The GR-DeAN Network aims to promote in Greece the application of the “Universal Access and Usability” and “Design for All” principles, and to support activities towards the equal participation of individuals with disability to the Information Society. In 2005, the Centre for Universal Access and Assistive Technologies has undertaken the annually rotating Secretariat of EDeAN. For more information, see the leaflet about EDeAN.
The main recent achievements of the Centre include:
- Studies on eAccessibility in Greece.
- Contributions to the development of European and national policies towards e Accessibility and eInclusion.
- Development of a number of accessible web portals and electronic services, including the new portal of the EDeAN network and the site of the Hellenic National Confederation of Disabled People.
- Accessibility and usability evaluations of a variety of applications and services.
Dr. Margherita Antona