IT Funk has been The Norwegian Research Council's RTD-programme on ICT for people with disability.
Universal design and accessibility for all. The purpose of IT Funk has been to contribute to accessibility for all, including persons with disability, to information and communication technology (ICT) and to society through the use of ICT. ICT-based products and services developed for the general market must be accessible and useful for everyone at reasonable prices. IT Funk has paid special attention to areas where accessibility issues impact on a person's life chances, such as education, employment and basic services to citizens.
If older people are to benefit from computers and other electronic devices as tools for social participation and not a one-way street of control by others, they must be invited to express their wishes and opinions.
The end users must be invited in from the start if the solutions are to be useful and empowering for them. This is exactly what the AAL project Cap Mouse aims to achieve. Interactivity and freedom from control are pillars of the project, says Tomas Brusell, coordinator for CapMouse in an article in the latest issue of the European Union's Public Service Review (22). Read the full article here.
This document was first published 23.10.2011, and updated 01.10.2012.