M-Enabling Forum finally in Europe

M-Enabling Summit, held yearly in Washington DC, is the leading global conference for empowering accessible technologies and next-generation innovation for the disability community. This fall, a European edition of the conference will take place in Düsseldorf, Germany in September, with a special focus on senior citizens and persons with disabilitites. Funka is part of the program committee as well as one of the partners of the conference.

The first M-Enabling Forum in Europe will take place September 27, 2018 in Düsseldorf, parallel to REHACARE, an international trade fair for rehabilitation, prevention, inclusion and care. The M-Enabling Forum is organised by the UN initiative G3ict in collaboration with E.J.Krause & Associates and to promote accessible technologies and environments for senior citizens and persons with disabilities. Funka's expertise in active and healthy ageing as well as accessibility makes it natural for us to act as a partner to make this happen.

The European edition of the M-Enabling will be a suitable place for IAAP to reach out to new members, says Susanna Laurin, CEO of Funka and Representative to the EU for both G3ict and IAAP.

The M-Enabling Forum at REHACARE includes both a one-day conference as well as exhibits dedicated to accessible and assistive solutions leveraging the latest accessibility features. Visitors and attendees can expect an overview of the most advanced innovations available today as well as a discussion of how to best promote their adoption by persons with disabilities.

The interactive panels will include user testimonials as well as policy and industry perspectives on how to ensure that all information and communication technologies, products and services are designed with accessibility in mind: in today’s world, it is essential that everything digital is designed with persons of older age and with disabilities in mind. For independent living to occur, one needs to be able to use mainstream digital products and services without restrictions, from ATMs to television, web sites, software, mobile apps or computers. One of the panels will review how accessibility standards and professional training and certification for IT professionals in accessibility should be implemented by all industries.

A summit like this is needed in Europe, especially now, when EU-wide regulations are making accessibility a hot topic in many sectors, not least for seniors, Susanna Laurin continues.

Conference attendees will mainly come from local and government structures, organizations for persons with disabilities, organizations for senior citizens, rehabilitation professionals, education institutions, independant living services, emergency services, health and support services as well as accessibility delegates from corporations.

The forum will offer simultaneous translation and captioning in English and German.

M-Enabling Forum Europe, opens in a new window

The Preliminary Conference Agenda for M-Enabling Forum Europe 2018, opens in a new window

M-Enabling Summit, opens in a new window

IAAP, International Association of Accessibility Professionals, opens in a new window

G3ict, The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs, opens in a new window