ICCHP 2014

14th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs

July 09-11, 2014; Pre-Conference July 07-08, 2014

Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis; 2, Rue de la Liberté, 93200 Saint-Denis; France


Keynotes at ICCHP: "Brainfood for eInclusion" - ICCHP invites outstanding contributions with the potential to open new perspectives for researchers and practitioneers in AT and eInclusion. The keynote speeches should make us reflect and rethink our own practice. In 2008 ICCHP proudly presents:

  • Jim Fruchterman (CEO of BENETECH): "Raising the Floor: Providing Accessible Technology and Content to Every Person with a Disability on the Planet"
  • Harold Thimbleby (Professor of Computer Science, Swansea University, UK): "Understanding User Centred Design (UCD) for People with Special Needs"
  • Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho (European Commission, Information Society Directorate General, Unit H3: ICT for inclusion, Deputy Head of Unit, BE): "eInclusion Policy and Activities"
  • Michael Cooper (Web Accessibility Initiative, W3C, USA): "Bringing Accessibility to Today's Web"
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Keynote Speaker Jim Fruchterman: "Raising the Floor: Providing Accessible Technology and Content to Every Person with a Disability on the Planet"

Wednesday, July 9, Opening Session 8.30 - 10.30

Jim Fruchterman is a former rocket scientist who has founded two of the foremost optical character recognition companies and developed successful social enterprises. He is the founder and CEO of BENETECH.

Keynote speaker Jim Fruchterman together with  ex-US-President Bill Clinton

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Keynote Speaker Harold Thimbleby: "Understanding User Centred Design (UCD) for People with Special Needs"

Thursday, July 10, 11.00 - 11.45

Harold Thimbleby is Professor of Computer Science, Swansea University, UK, where he is Director of the Future Interaction Technology Laboratory, FIT Lab. Thimbleby was Royal Society-Wolfson Research Merit Award holder (2001-2005) and has 25 years of international experience in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). He was the first computer scientist to be Gresham Professor of Geometry, and was elected Honorary Life Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2001 for his research on the web. He won the British Computer Society's Wilkes Medal for work in literate programming in 1987. He has published over 200 refereed papers, and his recent work is summarised in Press On-Principles of Interaction Programming, just published by MIT Press. He has lectured in 21 different countries.

Portrait of Harold Thimbleby

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Keynote Speaker Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho:  "eInclusion Policy and Activities"

Thursday, July 10, 12.00 - 12.30

Miguel started working for the European Commission in 1995, joining the Directorate General for Information Society and Media (DG INFSO) in 1999. He has hold different positions relating to EU legislation and policy on ICT, dealing in particular with the implementation and review of the electronic communication Directives; ICT aspects within the EU Lisbon strategy for growth and jobs; the successive EU policy strategies on the information society: eEurope2002, eEurope2005, i2010. He has focused over the last 4 years on policy co-ordination in the areas of eHealth, eGovernment and eInclusion. Regarding eInclusion, he was involved amongst other in the preparation of the report on e-Inclusion from the eEurope High Level Group, in 2005, and the Declaration approved at the Riga Ministerial Conference on an inclusive information society, in 2006. Miguel joined the unit "ICT for inclusion" of the European Commission in 2007, where he is the Deputy Head of unit and mainly works on policy, research and deployment action on eAccessibility; and general EU eInclusion strategy in the framework of the i2010 initiative. He has been recently working on the Commission Communication "European i2010 initiative on e-Inclusion - to be part of the information society" (adopted at the end of 2007) and the implementation of the initiative presented in that document.

The i2010 initiative on the information society policy of the European Union identifies eAccessibility as a prerequisite for eInclusion, which itself is one of the three pillars of the i2010 initiative. In this framework, the 2005 eAccesibility Communication (COM (2005) 425) defined the main political directions in the area of eAccesibility. These are closely linked to other areas of EU activity, namely eHealth, eGovernment and ICT and ageing. The European Commission has undertaking various actions on eAccessibility over more than 15 years; these include: Political actions; Legislation; Studies and monitoring; Research; Support to deployment. A landmark was the 2006 Ministerial “Riga Declaration” on ICT for an inclusive information society where, setting concrete targets for 2010 on e-Inclusion, also addressing eAccesibility. More recently, at the end of 2007 the European Commission adopted the Communication "European i2010 initiative on e-Inclusion - to be part of the information society", providing the political on EU e-Inclusion policy,

Portrait of Miguel Gonzalez-Sancho

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Keynote Speaker Michael Cooper: "Bringing Accessibility to Today's Web"

Friday, July 11, 14.00 - 14.45

Michael Cooper joined the W3C in June 2006 as a Web Accessibility Specialist with the Web Accessibility Initiative. Michael is the Team Contact for the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines Working Group, which develops authoring guidelines and techniques to create accessible content; and for the Protocols and Formats Working Group, which supports the W3C to make new Web technologies accessible and develops accessibility practices.
Prior to joining W3C, Michael worked at Watchfire as Accessibility Product Manager, responsible for automated and tool-assisted manual accessibility evaluation software. He focused on supporting harmonized international standards via this software and supported customers to achieve those standards. Previously Michael was the product manager at CAST for Bobby, an early accessibility evaluation tool which was purchased by Watchfire in 2002. At CAST he also worked on technical approaches to providing self-adaptive learning materials for students with disabilities. Before entering the field of Web accessibility, Michael worked in the disability services office at the University of Denver, providing academic accommodations and technical training for students with disabilities.
Michael holds a Master of Education degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Denver.

Portrait of Michael Cooper

Michael's Keynote is the last but not the least session in the conference. To underline this the keynote will be discussed in a high level panel discussion (July 11, 14.45 - 15.30) and we will celebrate the "Web2.0 Accessibility Party" immediatly after the panel.

Keynote Panel Discussion: "Mainstreaming Accessibility at a Global Level" 

Friday, July 11, 14.45 - 15.45


  • Shadi Abou-Zahra, W3C, AT   Logo W3C/WAI
  • Dominique Burger, BrailleNet, FR   Logo Association BrailleNet
  • Annuska Perkins, Microsoft, USA   Logo Microsoft
  • Aaron Leventhal, IBM, DE   Logo IBM
  • Matt May, Adobe, USA                          
  • Ima Placencia-Porrero, European Commission, BE   EU Flag
  • Nadège Riche, EDF, BE  


Mike Paciello, The Paciello Group, USA   Logo The Paciello Group


Web Accessibility 2.0 Party


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ICCHP is a series of biannual scientific conferences in the field of ICT/AT for people with disabilities run in co-operation with the Johannes Kepler University, Linz and the Austrian Computer Society

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