19th of June 2017: 11th European e-Accessibility Forum

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The 11th European e-Accessibility Forum will take place on Monday, June 19th, 2017 in Paris.

It seeks to explore the role digital technologies can play in ensuring our cultural landscape is inclusive. How can digital access empower disabled audiences and enable them to become full participants in cultural life?

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Focus on the 11th European e-Accessibility Forum

Culture brings people together around shared interests and plays a pivotal role in promoting social cohesion. It strengthens identities and encourages participation, recognition and legitimacy at both an individual and collective level.

Cultural institutions have a fundamental role to play in fostering inclusive and cohesive societies.

The Forum will explore such themes as:

  • How cultural institutions are using technology to embrace disabled audiences and improve access to their collections, information and activities
  • How technology can facilitate creativite expression for people with disabilities
  • How educators, arts organisations, public service providers and software and hardware developers can work together to build accessible solutions
  • How progress can be leveraged through public and private initiatives
  • How dialogue can be instigated between e-Accessibility stakeholders and the cultural industry to ensure that cultural assets and activities are born accessible

Discover the program!

09:00 – 09:30 : Opening Session
09:30 – 10:00 : Panel discussion: my cultural life with a disability
10h00 – 11h00 : Building inclusive cultural services from the bottom up

  • The French Ministry of Culture and Communication’s efforts to increase access to culture through digital technologies
    Sandrine SOPHYS-VERET (French Ministry for Culture and Communication)
  • The BBC’s Accessibility Framework
  • Producing and distributing accessible e-books: the Swedish model
    Jesper KLEIN (MTM/DAISY Consortium)

11:00 – 11:30 : COFFEE BREAK
11:30 – 12:30 : Celebrating diversity and driving creativity through digital technologies

  • Breaking down physical and societal barriers to music-making through technology
    Gawain HEWITT (Drake Music)
  • Disability as a driver of creativity
    David LEMOINE (BrutPop), Antoine CAPET (BrutPop)
  • The ‘Jodi Awards’ as a prism of accessible digital culture
    Ross PARRY (Jodi Mattes Trust / University of Leicester)

12:30 – 14:30 : LUNCH BREAK / WORKSHOPS
14:30 – 15:30 : From the visual to the textual – describing the arts in a digital world

  • From text to art: building accessibility into the JSTOR and Artstor digital archives
  • Increasing opportunities to experience and enjoy art and heritage through digital technologies
    Matthew COCK (Vocal Eyes)

15:30 – 16:00 : AFTERNOON BREAK
16:00 – 17:00 : Developing specific services to serve a wider audience

  • Building accessible media – France Télévisions’ strategies
    Matthieu PARMENTIER (France Télévisions)
  • Disability and Culture: Designing differently for all
    Simon HOURIEZ (Signes de Sens)
  • Digital Accessibility at the Centre des Monuments Nationaux
    Alexandra DROMARD (Centre des Monuments nationaux)

17:00 – 17:30 : Panel discussion: Balancing inclusive and specific measures to increase access for all
17:30 – 17:45 : Closing Session

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