HOW CAN ACCESSIBLE TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT INDEPENDENT LIVING? Brussels, 3 March 2016 | On 1 March 2015, EDF and Google organised a
special event focusing on “Accessible technology for independent living”. The
event took place at the European Parliament hosted by MEP Evelyne Gehardt and
supported by Debating Europe who organised a debate in the end of the event
with representatives from EDF, Google and the European Commission responding to
questions from an online
debate published on Debating Europe’s website, as well as from the audience
in the room.
EDF was represented by
its Secretary, Rodolfo Cattani, who
underlined: “Accessible technology is beneficial for everyone, not only for
persons with disabilities. Breaking down barriers means making a better society
for all. Companies should change attitude and should design accessible products
and services for all users with different abilities. We need binding
legislation that clearly sets accessibility requirements. With the recently
published European Accessibility Act, the EU has the opportunity to make a real
During the event, several
projects of technology supporting independent living for persons with disabilities
were presented by the different individuals and non-profit organisations
awarded with the Google
Impact Challenge grant.
The Wheelmap project, a global
database of accessible locations for people with disabilities.
enabling people with visual impairments to navigate independently with a
seamless ecosystem of apps and beacons.
Human Kit, an online platform to connect people in need of prosthetics to
low-cost, open-source 3D printed models.
a braille display tablet to enable people with visual impairments to access ore
content in real time.
Alejandro Moledo | EDF
New Technologies & Innovation officer | firstname.lastname@example.org