Over the last decades the advancement in Assistive Technologies (AT) and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have significantly influenced the life of people with disabilities. According changes in awareness and understanding of disability as well as social and legal frameworks, driven by Disability Rights and Independent Living Movements led to what is known as eAccessibility, Universal Design or eInclusion.
The more ICT and AT increases the potential to enable people with disabilities to take part in almost any area of life, the more eInclusion and eAccessibility become a common responsibility of all providing information and/or technology. In 2006 ICCHP summarised this process in the equation "equality = eQuality". "Equality", equal access and therefore equal opportunity in society are dependant upon "eQuality", the quality of systems and services in taking the needs of all possible users into account .
Progress is outstanding – in most of the industrialized countries, but eInclusion in a global economy and world should also be seen as the global challenge. Consequently, ICCHP'08 intends to give special focus to the problems of people with disabilities in countries in difficult economic and political situations. We must not neglect that people with disabilities often face the most difficult situations through economic, political and social causes. They do not have access to ICT, AT and the eInclusion and emancipation these afford.
As a main cornerstone of the conference we are proud to announce that Jim Fruchterman will keynote ICCHP'08 and highlight this global dimension of eInclusion:
"We need to deliver assistive technology and relevant content to every person with a disability on the planet."
Computers Helping People with Special Needs
11th International Conference, ICCHP 2008, Linz, Austria, July 9-11, 2008
Series: Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Subseries: Information Systems and Applications, incl. Internet/Web, and HCI, Vol. 5105
Miesenberger, K.; Klaus, J.; Zagler, W.; Karshmer, A. (Eds.)
2008, XXVIII, 1350 p., Softcover
Online version available