This study on the “State of the Art relating to ICT-AT” aims to:
- Gather representative evidence on the provision and usage of ICT-AT products and services in Belgium, Greece, Italy, the UK and across Europe, including market mechanisms.
- Analyse barriers and opportunities in relation to increased access to employment associated with the use of Assistive ICT.
- Analyse and use the information gathered to inform a unified curriculum in the training of people with disabilities to become experts in the field of ICT-AT and, to potentially equip them with the necessary skills to train other people with disabilities.
The document is structured as follows:
- In the first chapter we will look at some numbers regarding the people with disabilities in Europe, and more particularly regarding the variety of statistics that exist, often with very different numbers. Finding an overall objective denominator proves to be difficult here, and often numbers need a different interpretation.
- Next we focus on the education of children and young people with disabilities, and how this is addressed in all countries. Concrete details for Belgium, Greece, Italy and the UK are also included in the appendix to this document.
- The next chapter addresses the employment of people with disabilities in the EU, again dealing with data that may not reflect reality, but which is used in official statistics.
- We then look at ICT usage by people with disabilities, and the challenges people face there. Here, also data from previous recent studies is used, the AEGIS one being the largest and where PhoenixKM staff were co-authors.
- Next we go to analyse the findings from the survey we conducted in 2012 among stakeholders in various EU countries, combined with some additional input collected from user forums that were held in Italy and the UK.
Based on this, the document concludes with the relevant input towards the curriculum that is being produced by the ATLEC partnership.
You can download the document here (accessible pdf).