11th European e-Accessibility Forum
e-Accessible Culture

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

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General description

The conference at a glance

The 11th European e-Accessibility Forum was held on the 19th June 2017 at the Cité des Sciences in Paris. It was held under the high patronage of President Emmanuel MACRON.

BrailleNet was delighted to welcome around 200 participants to its 2017 forum on the topic of e-Accessibile Culture.

To see videos of the event, please visit the BrailleNet YouTube channel.

To see photos of the event, please visit the EAF2017 Photo Album (credits Romain Gresillon).


Conference theme

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 sought 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 explored such themes as:


Let´s Make it work for everyone! The MegaMind exhibition space and accessibility

Mariana Back, Curator & Maria Olsson, Project and Accessibility Manager, National Museum of Science and Technology, Sweden

 photo de Mariana Back  photo de Maria Olsson

Mariana Back has worked for many years as a Curator and as Head of Development at Stockholm's National Museum of Science and Technology. She has been active in these roles in education, exhibitions, concepts and development, accessibility and research. Mariana was part of the project group that created MegaMind, the new science centre that opened in September 2015. She was tasked with concept development and public engagement and was also responsible for assuring scientific relevance of the exhibition as a whole and for each component of the installation.

Maria Olsson has been responsible for the accessibility of the MegaMind science centre since January 2016. She has a background in pedagogy and special education skills from many years working in schools. Maria also has overall responsibility for developing and implementing new strategies that make the National Museum of Science and Technology an obvious place for all to visit – regardless of their differences.

Research & Development projects for accessible books

Alex Bernier, Director, BrailleNet

photo de Alex Bernier

Alex Bernier is the Director of BrailleNet. He graduated with a degree in computer engineering from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA) in Rennes. He has worked on various projects related to books and digital libraries. He is responsible for the Accessible Francophone Digital Library (BNFA) and BrailleNet's research and development program including a project aimed at improving the accessibility of scientific and technical documents for the visually impaired.

Disability and Culture: Designing differently for all

Marion Boistel, Chef de projet, Signes de Sens

photo Marion Boistel

Marion Boistel a suivi un double cursus droit et histoire de l’art puis un master expographie-muséographie à l’Université d’Artois. En parallèle de ses études, elle travaille comme médiatrice dans différentes structures culturelles et développe des médiations pour les publics en situation de handicap. En 2016, elle intègre Signes de sens comme chef de projet pour le secteur culturel.

L’association, fondée en 2003, innove sur les questions d’accessibilité et de pédagogie et propose des ateliers, des formations professionnelles et des outils éducatifs multimédia innovants. En 2010, elle a notamment imaginé une application qui aide les enfants avec ou sans handicap à découvrir les œuvres d’un musée dans une démarche de conception universelle. Évaluée une première fois au musée du quai Branly en 2010 auprès d’enfants sourds et entendants, elle a ensuite fait l’objet d’une recherche-action pendant 3 ans auprès d’un public plus large incluant des enfants avec autisme et déficience intellectuelle au Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille, en collaboration avec 3 laboratoires universitaires de sciences infocom et de psychologie cognitive : DeVisu, Geriico et SCALab. L’application a été pérennisée dans les deux musées et a donné lieu à de nombreux prix : les Trophées de l’Accessibilité 2014, les Sésames de l’accessibilité positive 2014 et le « Label de l’Observeur du design 2015 ».

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.

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.’.

Producing and distributing accessible e-books: the Swedish model

Jesper Klein, Chief innovation officer, Swedish Agency for Accessible Media / Chairman of the board, DAISY Consortium

photo Jesper Klein

Since the early 2000s, Jesper Klein has been deeply committed to the long-term vision of making reading accessible to people with disabilities. Jesper was head of R&D at the Swedish Agency for Accessible Media (MTM) and led Sweden’s efforts to digitise accessible books and newspapers, resulting, among other things, in the launch of the Legimus online library for people with disabilities in Sweden in 2013. Legimus now has over a million loans per year and counts more than 75 000 active users.

As innovation leader and part of MTM's management, Jesper is specialised in analysing disruption to mainstream publishing brought about by the digitisation of reading. In Spring 2017 he will be involved in drawing up a national library strategy for the Swedish Ministry of culture and democracy.

As chair of the Daisy Consortium board - Jesper is active in governing a global organisation that develops open standards and practices for a better way to read and publish in the digital era globally.

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.

The ‘Jodi Awards’ as a prism of accessible digital culture

Dr Ross Parry, Chair of Trustees, Jodi Mattes Trust; Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Digital) University of Leicester, UK.

photo Ross Parry

Dr Ross Parry is Associate Professor (Museum Studies) and Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Digital) University of Leicester, UK. He is also one of the founding Trustees of the Jodi Mattes Trust for accessible digital culture.

In 2005 he was made a HIRF Innovations Fellow for his work on developing in-gallery digital media, and in 2009 was made a Tate Research Fellow. From 2008 to 2011 he was elected chair of the national Museums Computer Group, and from 2004 to 2010 co-convened the annual 'UK Museums on the Web' (UKMW) conferences. Working with a network of 17 institutional partners, in 2017 he will lead a major 2.5 year national project, funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, to develop a digital literacy framework for the UK museum sector. Ross is the author of 'Recoding the Museum: Digital Heritage and the Technologies of Change' (Routledge 2007), the first major history of museum computing, and in 2010 published 'Museums in a Digital Age' (Routledge).

The French Ministry of Culture and Communication's efforts to increase access to culture through digital technologies

Sandrine Sophys-Véret, Culture and Handicap programme Lead, French Ministry of Culture and Communication

photo Sandrine Sophys-Véret

Sandrine Sophys-Véret is in charge of the Culture and Handicap programme within the Department of Education and Artistic and Cultural Development and the Department for the Coordination of Cultural Policies and Innovation of the French Ministry of Culture and Communication (MCC). She coordinates French policy and inter-ministerial relations on access to culture and artistic practices for people with disabilities. In this capacity, she is responsible for the work undertaken by the National Culture-Handicap Commission. She is editor and co-author of the Ministry's collection of practical guides on accessibility in the cultural sector, including the latest book in the series, Exhibitions and Accessible Visits (2017). She initiated the Ministry of Culture and Communication's study into the accessibility of Public sector websites.

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.


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