Centre for Universal Access & Assistive Technologies (CUA&AT)
The main objective of the Centre is to support the equal participation and socio-economic integration of people with disabilities and elderly people in the Information Society, by designing products and services accessible and usable by the widest possible end-user population. Its activities include studies on e-Inclusion, as well as on industrial design practices, user assessment, accessibility guidelines and policy interventions at national and European level.
The Centre is actively engaged in technology and applications development in a variety of domains, including access to the World Wide Web, text processing, electronic books, interpersonal communications, special education and vocational training, Telecommunications, Health Telematics and wearable computing. Additionally, the Centre offers services, consulting, and technical developments, to user organisations, industry agencies, government agencies and non-market institutions.
CUA&AT also investigates user experience design lifecycle methods and tools for Universal Access, and conducts a user-based studies. The Centre offers the following services:
- Accessibility and usability evaluation of interactive applications, services and environments
- User experience design for users with disabilities and older users
- Training seminars in universal access, design for all, assistive technologies, alternative interaction techniques, accessible smart environments
Moreover, the Centre has been 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 EU member states. The Centre also contributes to international web accessibility activities (e.g., W3C-WAI), as well as to international standardisation activities to promote accessibility and usability.