BBI Chairman, Peter Blanck, to speak at DREAM Conference in Oslo

September 18, 2013

Event Title: 4th DREAM Network-Wide Event, ESR CONFERENCE

Event Date: 24th September – 26st September. 2013

Location: Voksenåsen Hotel, Oslo

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Topic: The European Assistive Technology Ecosystem

This 3-day event will look at the legal and social provisions governing of accessibility of goods and services in Europe and the consequences for the design and management of the assistive technology market. The conference will prompt ESRs through interacting sessions to reflect on differences between policy approaches in individual European countries, in the European Union and the United States.

Blanck in Oslo

Blanck with Anthony Giannoumis and Naomi Schreuer in Oslo

CONFERENCE AGENDA

Tuesday, 24th September 2013

Technology innovation - cost-neutral solutions for a sustainable and inclusive Europe? 
9:00 – 9:30 Welcome and introduction
Rune Halvorsen, NOVA 
9:30 – 10:30 Innovation in welfare technology and the future of the welfare state 
Kåre Hagen, Director, NOVA 
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee/ Tea 
11:00 – 12:00 The Future of Accessible Technology – Legal perspectives 
Peter Blanck, BBI, Syracuse University 
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch 
13:00 – 14:30 Presentation of ESR papers Session I
Chair: Rannveig Traustadóttir, University of Iceland

Yuliya Kuznetsova: Access to mainstream employment for persons with disabilities: can inclusive work environment policy make a difference? 
Discussant: Betul Yalcin 

Betul Yalcin : DISABLED PEOPLE’S AND EMPLOYERS’ ATTITUDES TOWARDS DISCRIMINATION IN THE EMPLOYMENT: A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE UNDERLIYING FACTORS IN THE EU CONTEXT
Discussant: Ieva Eskyte 

Ieva Eskyte: MAKING CUSTOMER CHOICE IN THE DISABLED PRIVATE MARKET. THE CASE OF INFORMATION PROVISION IN LITHUANIA AND THE UNITED KINGDOM 
Discussant: Yuliya Kuznetsova 
14:30 – 15:00 Coffee / Tea 
15:00 – 16:30 Presentation of ESR papers Session II 
Chair: Lisa Waddington, Maastricht  University

Ciara Brennan: Reforming personal assistance: Learning from the experiences of multiple stakeholders
Discussant Andrea Broderick

Andrea Broderick: Equality and Non-Discrimination Norms as Facilitators for Increased Participation and Inclusion of Disabled People in Society: The UNCRPD and the ECHR
Discussant: Carly Toepke 

Carly Toepke The Importance of Participation in Education for Society. Fulfilling the Participation Aspect of Article 24 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Discussant Ciara Brennan 
16:45 – 18:00 Accessibility innovation 
Professor Jonathan Hassell, UK, is lead author of the BS8878 web accessibility standards, drawing from 10 years’ experience embedding accessibility within production teams’ processes as BBC’s Head of Usability & Accessibility. 

Wednesday, 25th September 2013

Assistive technology or universal design? 
9:00 – 10:30 Implementing Accessibility Obligations: Lessons from the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and from the Experience of European Countries
Anna Lawson, University of Leeds 
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee/ Tea 
11:00 – 12:00 The many paths to achieving accessibility - public procurement and the Internal Market 
Dónal Rice; NUI Galway 
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch 
13:00 – 15:00 Presentation of ESR papers Session III
Chair:  Francesca Cesa Bianchi, G3ICT 

Bob Huffaker Determining Costs and Benefits of Website Accessibility in Ireland: Results from an Empirical Approach 
Discussant: Anthony Giannoumis 

Anthony Giannoumis Regulating Web Content: the nexus of legislation and performance standards in the United Kingdom and Norway
Discussant: Abby Rekas

Abby Rekas Captioning of Web-Based Audio Visual Content in the US
Discussant:  Stelios Charitakis 

Stelios Charitakis General Overview of the obligations generated by Article 9 UNCRPD
Discussant:  Bob Huffaker     
15:00 – 15:30 Coffee/ Tea 
15:30 – 16:30 Voluntary self-regulation - the role of European standards writing agencies in promoting accessibility to ICT 
Rudolph Brynn, Standards Norway 
16:30 – 17:30 Business perspectives on E-Accessibility - the case of enterprise application software 
Nicole Windmann, SAP AG, Accessibility Competence Center 

17:30 – 18:30 ESR meeting 
19:30 Dinner

Thursday, 26st September 2013

Drivers of change
9:00 – 10:00 Demographic change as a driver for accessible technology in Europe
Jerome Bickenbach, Swiss Paraplegic Research 
10:00 -11:00 Modeling the socio-economic impact of accessible technology 
Cristiano Codagnone, Milan State University in Comparative Administrative Systems, Associate Professor at the MBA programme of Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), and Director of Tech4i2
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee/ Tea
11:30 – 12:30 Presentation of ESR student papers Session IV
Chair: James Rice, University of Iceland

Dimitris Skempes Physical Disabilities and health related rehabilitation under the CRPD: A sociolegal analysis
Discussant Magdi Birtha

Magdi Birtha Challenges in implementing Article 33 of the CRPD at the European level
Discussant: Dimitris Skempes
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:30 Presentation of ESR papers Session V
Chair: Naomi Schreuer, Haifa University 

Anna Arstein Kerslake An empowering dependency: exploring support for the exercise of legal capacity
Discussant Orla Kelly

Orla Kelly Implementing Article 19 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Hungary
Discussant: Anna Arstein Kerslake
14:30 – 15:30 Supervisory Board meeting
15:30 – 16:00 General Assembly