The project consortium integrates different organisations from five European countries.
Information & Image Management Systems , S.A. – I&IMS (Spain)
Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust , BHNFT (UK)
Central Remedial Clinic , CRC (Ireland)
Danish Centre , DC (Denmark)
INK Catalunya , S.A. (Spain)
Infrarrojo y Microelectrónica , S.L. – IRDATA (Spain)
Centre mutualiste de rééducation et réadaptation fonctionnelles de Kerpape , KERPAPE (France)
Vocalisis Informatique (France)
The general co-ordinator of the project, this Barcelona-based SME aims at developing integrated image, information and telecommunications solutions. I&IMS applies the latest computer and telecommunications technologies to surveillance, telemedicine, electronic documentation, video-communication and tele-education projects. Therefore, I&IMS develops own software applications and provides technological solutions adapted to the client’s concrete needs; it designs and develops made-to-measure projects. In short, it provides services to reduce, organise and make easier the access to information. The main development activities are: software development for video-surveillance and video-observation, for medical information and image management, for document management, telecommunications and video-communication solutions.ASPAYM is a spinal-cord injuries and disabled association founded in 1990 with a total of 8,000 members. It is a National and International Federation composed of 14 associations operating all over Spain. Its main objectives and purposes are to provide all handicapped persons with the ability and aptitude necessary for their social integration and make society aware of the needs for total integration of disabled people. They offer advice on legal and labour related issues, help and collaboration towards cultural development (sports, exhibitions, leisure...) in the paraplegic world. They organise different courses for training disabled people; they work to enabling employment of paraplegics and other disabled people by creating Special Employment Centres; they organise travel and holiday planning for people with mobility problems. They propose improvements in the treatment and rehabilitation of spinal cord injuries and also collaborate with other associations with the same ideas and needs.
BHNFT provides acute medical services to a district with a population of around 230,000. Services provided include general medicine, general surgery and accident and emergency, as well as specialisations such as cardiology, rheumatology, health care for older people etc. The Clinical Engineering Service, based in the hospital, provides services in assistive technology to people with disabilities within a larger area with a population of 750,000. The service deals with environmental control systems, communication aids, computer access devices and special wheelchair controls and specialises in integrated assistive systems. The hospital and the clinical engineering service are active in research, having close links with the University of Sheffield. They have been involved in both European (OLP, LOCOMOTION, VAESS, RISE under the TIDE programme) and national projects in assistive technology.
The CRC is the largest and most active organisation within the Republic of Ireland, delivering services for the treatment, rehabilitation, training and management of congenitally physical handicapped people. They began in 1951. They occupy a purpose built building on the north side of Dublin city, and see in excess of 85% of all new cases of diagnosed congenital physical handicap, such as cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy or spina bifida. The CRC offers a wide range of services to clients including medical, paramedical, social work support, vocational training and assistance, a special school for approximately 140 severely handicapped pupils and one of the few clinical movement analysis laboratories in Europe. In addition, CRC provides the most advanced assistive technology (A.T.) assessment, recommendation and support service available in the Country. Because of the sophistication of the A.T. service, the unit receives a wider base of referrals than the rest of the organisation and has been nominated as the National Assessment Centre by a number of Government departments.
Danish Centre for Assistive Technology is a national information and resource
centre aiming at contributing to the creation of equal opportunities for people
with disabilities - within the areas of rehabilitation, assistive technology,
special education, and accessibility to physical environment and ICT.
We aim to provide useful information on computer-based products for rehabilitation, alternative and augmentative communication and special education. We relate this information to our target audience through courses, lectures, articles in periodicals and journals, and we publish various books and journals, as well as an extensive website and an AT-database.
We monitor the development of mainstream information technology, focusing on the applicability within areas of disability, and we aim to promote the development of new ICT based and ICT related educational and rehabilitation technologies.
The Danish Centre has participated in several user-centred projects, on European level as well as nationally.
in 1991, this Barcelona-based SME specialises in linguistic (translation,
correction and revision) and adult training services. Since its creation,
INK Catalunya SA has provided training in languages and new technology including:
electronic document, Internet, Intranet, videoconference utilisation, programming,
office, operative system; presence (in companies) as well as distance learning,
through Internet and videoconference.
In the training sector, it offers management and development services of adapted-to-the-client training programmes, it designs training adapted to the situation and companies’ needs (in contents and methodology).
Moreover, INK Catalunya SA offers services of prototyping, catalogue and terminological dictionary edition, catalogue design and production, publicity design, etc.
INK Catalunya SA has a special experience in team and consortium organisation and management in many activity fields as its personal is an heterogeneous one contributing by its experience and knowledge in Health and Public policies, European concerns and issues, new technologies and training.
Founded in 1993, the mission of this Madrid-Based SME is to manufacture technical aids, specifically new information and communication technologies for people with special needs. The main activity of IRDATA is the RTD of these innovative technologies as well as the co-ordination of the sub-contractors that manufacture the main part of their products. The distribution of the products is assured by an emerging network of distributors in Europe and South America. The company has a probated experience on project co-ordination and innovation. The company was awarded in 2001 with the honour mention of the Technological Innovation Price of the Government of Madrid (Comunidad de Madrid). Their main assistive technology project was IRDATA 2000, a R&D project on computer access for people with mobility impairments. This project was partially funded by the third national Spanish research program on assistive technology (IMSERSO. Ministry of Social Affairs) and the Madrid regional government. The final product was positively assessed by both CEAPAT (the governmental Spanish Centre for assistive technology) and “Réseaux de Nouvelles Technologies” (the assistive technology French Centre of the APF, the largest motor-impaired persons’ organisation in France).
KERPAPE is a non-profit private medical centre of the “Union Mutualiste du Morbihan”. The centre belongs to the public hospital services since 1978, therefore is under supervision of the Ministry of Employment and Solidarity (Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité). The “Union Mutualiste du Morbihan” is a non-profit organisation, created in 1905, that belongs to the National Federation of the “Mutualité Francaise” and covers 16 millions of workers, in France. KERPAPE provides services to adults and children needing re-education, re-adaptation or social nd professional reintegration. KERPAPE has participated in the creation of the following socio-medical institutions.
Since 1991, VOCALISIS has researched and commercialised computer adaptations for people with special needs (motor and visual impaired persons), in order to allow the access to the computer, personal computers (PC) as well as Macintosh (MAC). Since the creation of the company, they have provided personalised services to more than 1300 clients. This large experience and competences makes this company one of the most specialised in computer access for people with disabilities in Europe. They commercialise, especially in the French market, a large range of products for computer access to people with disabilities, such as input devices, speech synthesis and software for special education. At this moment they have an Internet site oriented to e-business in the area of technical aids for computer access. Other significant activities of VOCALISIS is the production of products that they install, at users’ houses and handicapped centres, as well as the training and support that they give to their clients.
last updated 6/12/05