2nd European eAccessibility Forum

Accessible e-books: an opportunity for the disabled

28 January 2008, 9:00 - 17:45 (Registration 8:15-8:45)
Cité des sciences et de l'industrie - Paris - France

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How to adapt academic books for students with disabilities

Reinhard Ruemer (Linz, Austria)
Johannes Kepler University

Speaker's information

Document sans titre Reinhard Ruemer received the Master Degree from the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria in 2006. In the years before he worked as IT-trainer and in IT-support in several organisations. In 2000 he began studying business informatics at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, majors in Data and knowledge Engineering and Accessibility and Design for all.
In 2004 he joined the Institute Integriert Studieren within the Austrian national project „schulbuch barrierefrei“. Since then he has worked in several national and European research projects. Since 2007 he works also as an invited expert with the World Wide Web Consortium.


The institute Integriert Studieren of the university of linz is now supporting students with disabilities for more than 16 years. During this time the process of the adaption of teaching materials for students with special needs has changed a lot. Especially in recent years the emerging of new ICT acted as an enabler for the creation and preparation of high quality teaching materials for people with special needs.
The demo will show the state of the art of the information processing
and how it is done in Austria. Including stages like:
• automated scanning / OCR
• processing and transformations
• storage and retrieval
Different tools and workflows and their usage in the process will be demonstrated.

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