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1 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 National Commission Disabled Persons Annual General Meeting Foundation for IT Accessibility Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 18:00Welcome speech Mr. Joseph M. Camilleri, Chairman, KNPD 18:05Introduction Mr. David Spiteri Gingell, Chairman, MITTS Ltd. 18:10Presentation Mr. Joseph A. Gasan, Funding Partner and Chairman of Gasan Group 18:20Presentation Mr. Stanley M. Debono, Executive Coordinator, FITA and Mr. Michael Micallef, Officer in charge of ICT Accessibility Audits, FITA. 18:30Comments Honourable Mr. Leo Brincat, Opposition’s shadow minister for Information Technology 18:40Comments Ms. Isabelle Bonello, Head of ICT Society Secretariat, Ministry for Industry, Investment and Information Technology. 18:50Open Discussion

2 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 National Commission Disabled Persons Annual General Meeting Foundation for IT Accessibility Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility International Day of Disabled Persons 2006 theme - E-Accessibility 2007 European Year theme -Equal Opporunties for All

3 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 Service Statistics

4 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 ECDL training at MCAST

5 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 ECDL training at MCAST From January to June 2006, FITA organized two ECDL Module 3 (MS Word) course for a total of 14 students. The course was hosted by the MCAST ICT institute in Paola. The main tutor was provided by the Education’s Adult Training and Evening courses section. ST Microelectronics provided the support tutors.

6 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 Awareness on E-Inclusion National Commission Disabled Persons

7 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 Awareness on E-Inclusion FITA developed and delivered University course credits in collaboration with the Inclusive Education Unit and Psychology department at the University of Malta. Guest lecturers included a number of disabled persons who shared ICT experiences related to their respective impairment. A total of 92 under-graduate students participated in these courses.

8 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 Empowerment through ICT

9 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 Empowerment through ICT Through funding obtained through MIIIT, FITA created an information video on the use of ICT by individuals from the six main impairment groups (vision, hearing, mobility, intellectual, mental health/hidden). The video is modular in format, so as to facilitate its widespread application and viewing.

10 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 Nitghallem bil-Kompjuter

11 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 Nitghallem bil-Kompjuter Crimsonwing (Malta) Ltd. has provided the services of two software developers, who in collaboration with FITA have developed accessible basic literacy and numeracy software, based around the Maltese language. Mrs. Marica Gatt from the Education Division, assisted with the source material, whilst FITA ensured the interface was made as accessible as possible.

12 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 GetResults Project

13 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 GetResults Project In 2003 FITA embarked on an EU funded pilot project under the Leonardo da Vinci programme, in order to create an entrepreneurship train the trainer course. A pilot training course attended by 15 individuals, amongst which 13 disabled persons was organized in July 2006 in order to help assess and improve the course contents and delivery methods. Malta Enterprise, the Kordin Business Incubation Centre and Mr. Joseph A. Gasan gave direct support to this initiative.

14 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 ICT classes at ACCESS

15 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 ICT classes at ACCESS The MIIIT ICT Society Secretariat helped in organizing two summer classes for disabled persons. These evening courses were held at the ACCESS Computer Technology Learning Centre (CTLC) with the help of the education division who provided the main tutor. A support tutor was also provided by MIIIT. These courses were based on the standard MyWeb training material and conformed to FITA ICT training policies.

16 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 ICT and Disability Research

17 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 ICT and Disability Research A research study carried out by FITA between 2003 and 2005 was finalized in 2006 and is being launched during the 2006 AGM. The data collection process was facilitated through the agreement between MIIIT and Microsoft Corporation. The Computer Society of Malta (CSM) financed the publication of the results.

18 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 PC Refurbishment

19 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 PC Refurbishment The Foundation has been selected to be a Microsoft Authorised Refurbishment Centre (MAR). This initiative aims at introducing disabled persons to ICT and enhance their experience in this field. This initiative is particularly important to FITA in that it is run and managed by disabled persons.

20 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 Broadband Internet

21 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 Broadband Internet Onvol and Maltanet launched promotional offers for disabled persons which generated a lot of interest and were well received by customers. These initiatives complement ongoing operations at the PC refurbishment workshop by emphasizing the importance of access to information content along with access to ICT equipment.

22 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 Mobile Technology

23 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 Mobile Speak Software After assessing local demand for speech technology for mobile phones, FITA negotiated an agreement with Code Factory, Spain enabling the purchase of software licenses at a discount. Add-ons like accessible MP3 players etc are also available through this agreement. Financial savings are passed on directly to the end users.

24 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 Work Plan 2007

25 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 Workplan 2007 Use of Assistive ICT in business (GetResults) E-Inclusion in Education E-Inclusion in Employment Maltese speech synthesis Educational gaming CD-Rom Archive E-Inclusion across society

26 Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility 30 th November /15 National Commission Disabled Persons Annual General Meeting Foundation for IT Accessibility Foundation for Information Technology Accessibility Stanley M. DebonoMichael Micallef Executive Coordinator OIC ICT accessibility audits and ICT training (VI) The presentation is also available on the FITA website at


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