Beschreibung / Inhalte
The European Design for All e-Accessibility Network (EDeAN) was established in July 2002, in accordance with one of the specific goals of the eEurope 2002 Action Plan.
One of the action points included in the plan was to "ensure the establishment and networking of national centers of excellence in design-for-all and create recommendations for a European curriculum for designers and engineers". ITA is one of those centers in the network.
The goal of this action is to raise the profile of Design for All and emphasize its importance in achieving greater e-Accessibility.
This European Network has been primarily created to provide:
- input for European Curricula in Design for All
- a forum for Design for All issues
- idea sharing through joint activities such as conferences, symposia and exchanges of students and scholars.
The network is also charged with fostering awareness and promoting changes of culture in the public and private sectors. It will also establish links with appropriate education channels to embed Design for All best practices in new curricula. Through a series of common activities and proposals, it is hoped that the network will become a cohesive group that can effectively work toward the advancement and excellence of Design for All.
ITA’s involvement in the EDeAN network is based upon previous and current work in the field. The origin of the Institute is based on the idea to design work and workplaces such that people with disabilities can participate in the open labour market on equal terms. The Institute’s vision consequently strives for a link between the two major objectives "humanity" and "economy", neither favouring nor neglecting one of the two. As an outcome of this vision, one of the four departments of the Institute is labelled "Inclusive Design", focussing on the design, development, and assessment of information society technologies accessible and inclusive for everyone. Meanwhile, certain activities directly contribute to the aims and objectives of EdeAN:
- Interdisciplinary lecture at the University of Kaiserslautern titled "Design for All / Inclusive Design" since 2002
- Implementation of an online teaching module "Design for All" in a national research project to introduce online education in Ergonomics/Human Factors
- Workshops at the main German HCI Conference ("Mensch&Computer") on the topic of "Design for All" since 2001
- Interdisciplinary lecture "User-centred software design and development" since 1994