11th European e-Accessibility Forum
e-Accessible Culture

19/06/2017, 9am-6pm
Cité des sciences et de l'industrie, Paris

  Version française

General description

Culture brings people together around shared interests and plays a pivotal role in promoting social cohesion. It strengthens identities and encourages participation, recognition and legitimacy at both an individual and collective level.

Cultural institutions have a fundamental role to play in fostering inclusive and cohesive societies. No longer seen simply as repositories for cultural artefacts or, at worse, tools for wielding power, authority, and control, cultural institutions are revising their core missions and adopting strategies of inclusion to embrace, engage and learn from a society that is more diverse that the one they were established for. Museums, libraries, monuments and venues for art, music, cinema, dance, opera and drama are looking at ways to remove barriers an increase opportunity and participation for all people, including people with disabilities.

Beyond the cultural institution, participation in creative expression such as drama, visual arts and music is recognised as an important outlet for innovation and creativity. To enable personal fulfillment through engagement in these activities, to harness the potential of individuals and communities and to create a culture that is truly representative of all people, it is important to ensure that artistic activities are fully accessible to people with disabilities.

This also holds true for cultural products that are produced, packaged and distributed by private and public organisations. Television and radio programmes, books, magazines and newspapers are all cultural assets that contribute to our individual and collective identity and that are responsible for both forging and dividing societies. Without full access to this capital, people with disabilities will not be able to engage in society on an equal footing.

The 11th European e-Accessibility Forum seeks to explore the role digital technologies can play in ensuring our cultural landscape is inclusive. How can digital access empower disabled audiences and enable them to become full participants in cultural life?

The Forum will explore such themes as:

First speakers announced

Increasing opportunities to experience and enjoy art and heritage through digital technologies

Matthew Cock, CEO, Vocal Eyes

photo of Matthew Cock

Matthew Cock is a graduate in Art History (Edinburgh) and Fine Art (Glasgow School of Art). He joined VocalEyes in 2015, having worked for many years at the British Museum, as an editor, digital content manager and then head of the web team, responsible for the museum’s websites and digital projects, including gallery and mobile technology projects. Prior to that he worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum as a curatorial assistant, working on documentation, gallery and other projects across many of the curatorial departments. Since 2008, Matthew has been a Trustee of the Jodi Mattes Trust, that champions accessibility of digital culture in the museums, libraries and archive sectors through the biennial Jodi Awards.

Digital Accessibility at the Centre des Monuments Nationaux

Alexandra Dromard, Head of Digital projects, Outreach and interpretation Department, Centre des Monuments Nationaux

photo of AlexandraDromard

Alexandra Dromard joined the Centre des Monuments Nationaux four years ago. She is responsible for managing digital projects developed for visitors within the CMN Outreach department. With a degree in Art History and digital project management, she began as a multimedia producer on an exhibition coorganised by the Louvre and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. She worked for the Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie before returning to the Louvre to work for the new department of Islamic Art which opened in September 2012. She is a member of the New Technologies Chapter of the Réunion des Etablissemens Culturels pour l'Accesibilité (RECA). She is currently involved in the development of a new digital interactive at the Centre des Monuments Nationaux for visitors with visual, auditory and cognitive impairments.

The BBC’s Accessibility Framework

By Gareth Ford Williams, Head of Accessibility, UX&D, Design and Engineering, BBC

photo Gareth Ford Williams

In 2005 Gareth Ford Williams joined the management team and founded the BBC’s Digital Accessibility Team. Over the course of the next 3 years the Accessibility Team worked as an integral part of BBC iPlayer’s core Product Team which ensured the iPlayer accessible at launch. In 2008 Gareth was tasked by the BBC Trust to design an IPTV accessibility ecosystem for a connected TV platform. This was integrated into the specification of the Canvas project which eventually launched as YouView. In 2011 he returned to the BBC Future Media’s User Experience and Design Team to head-up both the Usability Research and Accessibility teams. In 2013 he established a new direction for the Accessibility team, which he now manages full time, with the task to embed accessibility into every BBC digital product. His core team manage the development of the BBC’s Accessibility Guidelines, a network of over 100 Accessibility Champions and he is stakeholder in several BBC R&D accessibility projects focusing on future IPTV access services, accessible VR and dual screen accessibility.

Breaking down physical and societal barriers to music-making through technology

By Gawain Hewitt, National Manager for Research and Development, Drake Music

photo Gawain Hewitt

Gawain Hewitt is the National Manager for Research and Development for Drake Music, a national charity which works to make music making accessible for disabled people through technology. A composer and music technologist, Gawain likes to work in the areas where technology and art meet. As an educator he specialises in working in non mainstream settings, including children expelled from school, young offenders, disabled children and those considered to have special educational needs (SEN). Gawain has worked in a wide variety of schools and educational settings including SEN schools, Pupil Referral Units, as a University Lecturer and as a tutor and leader of community projects. Seeking to share and develop practice throughout his career, Gawain has taught and supported new professionals into this work, as well as providing CPD within schools and at training courses in partnership with, among others, The Royal Academy of Music, Wigmore Hall, Drake Music, Sound Connections, Trinity Laban, Serious and Community Music. In 2013 Gawain was a contributing author to the Music Mark book ‘Reaching Out: Music education with ‘hard to reach’ children and young people.’.

Disability and Culture: Designing differently for all

Simon Houriez, CEO, Signes de Sens

photo Simon Houriez

Simon Houriez is specialised in designing learning tools. He is director of Signes de Sens, a charity founded in 2003 in Lille. Signes des Sens works to provide innovative, accessible and educational tools and runs workshops and professional training schemes. In 2010 the charity designed an application for children, including children with hearing impairments, to discover works within a museum. It was deployed in the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris in 2010 and subsequently in the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille as part of a three year study in partnership with three University laboratories: DeVisu, Geriico and SCALab. The application is still used in both museums today and has won several awards including a "Trophée de l'Accessibilité" in 2014, a "Sésame de l'accessibilité positive" in 2014 and the "Label de l'Observeur du design" in 2015.

Disability as a driver of creativity

David Lemoine and Antoine Capet, BrutPop

photo David Lemoine and Antoine Capet

BrutPop was founded by musician David Lemoine and sound engineer and special needs teacher Antoine Capet. For 6 years they have been organising experimental music workshops with young people with autism and special needs. They aim to transform their passion for underground music and DIY open solutions into something useful.

David Lemoine has a degree in Political Sciences and Sociology from the Universities of Bordeaux and Barcelona. A singer and composer, he has performed in such venues as PS1/MoMa in NewYork, the Villa Medicis in Rome and the Cité de la Musique, the Palais de Tokyo and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Working as a special needs teacher for almost 15 years, Antoine Capet has worked primarily with people with disabilities including cerebral palsy, learning disabilities and autism. Antoine is also active on the Parisian art scene, founding the arts magazine Entrisme (2009-2011), organising concerts and working on a number of multimedia projects.

Building accessible media - France Télévisions' strategies

Matthieu Parmentier, R&D Projects Manager, France Télévisions

photo Matthieu Parmentier

Matthieu Parmentier started his audio career recording classical music CDs. He joined France Televisions in 1999 as a sound engineer for live programs, then in charge of sound recording, video editing and outdoor satellite transmissions for the news department. Since 2008, he has been working as manager for 3D audio and UHD video development projects, also organizing conferences and professional workshops. Matthieu chairs the audio strategic programme of the European Broadcasting Union, the French section of the Audio Engineering Society and chairs or participates in several collaborative R&D projects. He holds two license degrees in sound recording and video post-production and a master degree in audiovisual research from the Toulouse II University. France Televisions is the French public TV broadcaster in charge of 5 national channels, 49 local channels and 9 overseas TV and radio channels. All its programs are available live and on demand through IP networks over connected TV, PC, smartphones, tablets and video game consoles.

From text to art: building accessibility into the JSTOR and Artstor digital archives

Lauren Trimble, User Advocacy and Accessibility Specialist, ITHAKA

photo Lauren Trimble

ITHAKA is a US not-for-profit organization responsible for JSTOR, a digital archive of academic journals, books and primary sources, and Artstor, a digital library of over 2 million high-quality art images for education and research.

Lauren joined JSTOR in 2013, having worked for Bloomsbury Publishing as a marketer. At JSTOR, she has pioneered a regular process of accessibility evaluation, future implementation and issue prioritization for development teams. She has also trained ITHAKA staff on accessibility and served as the accessibility liaison between JSTOR and university librarians. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from the University of London and works extensively with 826Michigan, a non-profit that enables school age children of all abilities to write skillfully.


Programme Committee


Etudiant / Student - En recherche d'emploi / Job Seeker - Accompagnant / Companion60 €
BrailleNet affiliation : BNET / GTA / CFPSAA / CFHE160 €
Partenaires : CLIC / RECA160 €
Entreprise / Administration / Company / Association220 €

More information :

Help - Site map - Contact
Valid XHTML 1.0 TransitionalCSS Valide !