University of Macedonia
Economic and Social Sciences
Egantia 156, P.O.Box 1591
540 06 Thessaloniki
Modern advances in computer technology had as a result a rapid improvement in the ability of visually impaired people to access information. Consequently with the constant development of special applications in computer software and hardware, blind or partially sighted people have finally the opportunity to use a computer not only to write and process simple text but also to "read" (through voice and touch) every written document, as long as this document is available in electronic format. Electronic content thus receives added value due to its special use by people with visual impairment, and its availability, either locally or through the Internet, initiates hopes for a total elimination of the exclusion of people with sight problems from knowledge and information. But on the other hand this substantiates a crucial need for the e-content's availability and accessibility.
The above issues will be the main subject of the presentations and discussion during the morning session of the conference, while the evening session will contain presentations of the results and conclusions of the ACCELERATE project.