What is ATIS4all?
The Assistive Technologies and Inclusive Solutions for All project, in short ATIS4all, is a European Thematic Network partially funded by the Programme ICT-PSP (Information and Communication Technology - Policy Support Programme) of the European Commission as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme, Grant Agreement nº 270988, adopted on 21 December 2010.
The main objectives are dynamizing the exchange of knowledge and expertise about Assistive Technologies and inclusive solutions, and sharing information among key actors and end users, by means of an open and collaborative portal.
ATIS4all project Leaflet
The specific objectives of the network are the following:
- Creating a sustainable and reference European network representing and involving the key actors of the whole value chain in the field of AT ICTs, inclusive solutions and related services.
- Development of the "Market place", an online meeting point for key actors interested in interacting, and providing and accessing to relevant information in the field of ICT ATs, inclusive solutions and related services.
- Setting up of the "R&D community", an online meeting point for key actors interested in interacting, and providing and accessing to relevant information in the field of R&D and cutting edge technologies applied to the ICT ATs and inclusive solutions.
- Development of a key actors search application to find organisations relevant in the field of ICT ATs, inclusive solutions, and related services, and R&D and cutting edge technologies applied to them.
- Setting up the "Atis4all collaborative portal", a reference online portal providing a seamless access to these sets of services developed by both projects, namely the "Search Engine powered by EASTIN", the "ATIS4all Community" and a series of relevant information collections, as well as the websites of both Thematic Networks.
Supported by the cornerstones mentioned above, ATIS4all will start up and maintain: an open, collaborative portal offering information on AT ICT and accessibility products and services available across Europe; a repository of open source assistive technology software and cutting-edge technological trends; and a network of partners that will provide their knowledge and expertise to manage, control, foster and dynamize the participation of the key actors in the portal and repository.
Disability as a human rights issue and matter of law was confirmed in the UNCRPD adopted by the General Assembly at its sixty-first session in December 2006. The Convention is the first human rights treaty that the EC as a whole has ratified. It aims to ensure that people with disabilities enjoy human rights on an equal basis with other people.
People with special needs in Europe continue to be confronted with a number of barriers to usage of everyday ICT products and services. Inclusive ICT and Assistive Technologies (ATs) are essential for enabling full participation in society for many people, notably people with disabilities and elderly people. These technologies allow people to participate more fully in the knowledge society by mitigating barriers many face in their daily life environments.