3rd International SensAge Conference: 23 June 2014
Date: 03 Jul 2014
Author: Ruben Koman
3rd International SensAge Conference: 23 June 2014, King’s Manor, University of York, UK.
The theme for this, the 3rd Annual International SensAge Conference, was Promoting Active Participation by Ageing People with Sensory Disabilities. In the two previous Annual Conferences, themes had focused on the current state of knowledge in the field of Ageing People with Sensory Disabilities (2012), and on the Quality of Services and their Impact (2013).
In this news-item you will find the abstracts of the presentations at the conference, including the powerpoint presentations.
The Opening Keynote Speech, by Professor Helen Petrie of the University of York, explored the use of technology, and a number of speakers presented specific aspects, ranging from the necessity of good interior lighting to an example of a wide-ranging innovative eco-system.
The central role that technology has to play to enable greater independence and choice for the focus group was emphasised for people with hearing impairment, for those with visual impairment, for those with dual impairments and also for those who are deafblind.
This broad range of presentations can be accessed at the bottom of this page.
SensAge – www.sensage.eu - is a Network, and the Keynote Speech of the afternoon session was given by Ove Vedel Anderson of the Nordic Centre for Welfare & Social Issues, with the intriguing title of “Go unto the Ant (and the Spider) and be Wise” - the Importance of Networking. And any Network should include the voice of the client group – Gordon Dryden of NCBI emphasised this in his presentation entitled Listening to Sensory Impaired Older People.
A key outcome of the SensAge Project, supported by the EC Lifelong Learning Programme, is the Knowledge Base, the reference point for everyone involved in the enablement and support of ageing peope with sensory disabilities. Created and developed by Royal Visio, the Conference was given an update about this, an update which took the form of a celebratio – SensAge has much to celebrate and, as the final session of the day highlighted, much to take forward and develop.
Presentations at the conference, June 23 2014 (click at the weblinks):
- Conference Chair. Dr Bláithín Gallagher, Marie Curie Research Fellow, University of York.
- Keynote speaker: Prof Helen Petrie Professor of Human Computer Interaction, University of York.
-Ms Jeign Craig Vice President HIPEN.
- Ms Stefana Cankova (EASPD).
-Ms Sylvie BILODEAU (INLB).
- Ms Marie Chantal WANET (INLB).
-Keynote Speaker: Mr Ove Vedel Anderson Educational Consultant, Nordic Centre for Welfare & Social Issues.
- Ms Frouck De Boer, Royal Dutch Visio.
- Mr Gordon Dryden NCBI.
- Mr Jawad HAJJAM (France).
Léna, an open-innovation ecosystem.
Presentation projectmeeting, June 24 2014 (click at the weblink):
- Mr Gordon Dryden NCBI