Advanced methodologies for identifying, evaluating and transferring innovative solutions for accessibility for people with disabilities.


Microsoft Center Brussels, Rue Montoyer 51, 1000 Brussels

Accessibility: how persons with disabilities face the digital divide in telework, eLearning and Telecare

The event will focus on the importance of developing accessible and inclusive technologies in Telework, eLearning and online care services for everyone and raising awareness among European key actors (policy makers, technology persons with disabilities).

Two panels will showcase the main challenges and opportunities of the digital divide and skills for accessibility, how the digital transition can empower accessible technology, and a third panel will share good practices in accessibility and inclusive telework, eLearning and Telecare.

During the event, the main results of the work carried out in the  ACCESSIBILITECH project will be also presented.

The event will have the participation of Inmaculada Placiencia Porrero, senior expert in Disability and Inclusion in the General Directorate of Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion of the European Commission.


09:00-10:00 Arrival and registration
10:00-10:05 Welcome Remarks – Fundación ONCE

Antonio Ingelmo – Project Leader, Fundación ONCE.

10:05 – 10:15 Interactive icebreaker activity – Enrique García, Accessible Technologies Senior Officer at Inserta Innovación – Fundación ONCE.

Conference attendants will have the opportunity to enjoy a Kahoot game that will allow them to gain awareness and insight on disability under the three topics covered by the project




Panel on Accessibility, digital divide and skills: challenges and opportunities


  • Susanna Laurin– Chief Research and Innovation Officer at Funka
  • Alejandro Moledo –  Deputy Director & Head of Policy at the European Disability Forum.
  • Dr May Agius – Senior AT Practitioner II: Speech & Language Therapist in Access to Communication & Technology Unit (ACTU) at Agenzija Sapport
  • Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf – Director of the WeCareMore Centre for Innovation and Research of AIAS Bologna onlus

Moderation: Thomas Bignal – Head of Policy EASPD

11:45-12:00 Interactive presentation
12:00-13:00 Catered Lunch (in the conference venue)
13:00-14:15 Panel on accessibility in telework, eLearning and telecare

  • Klaus Höckner – Executive director of Austrian Association supporting the blind and visually impaired
  • Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf – Director of the WeCareMore Centre for Innovation and Research of AIAS Bologna onlus
  • Alejandro Rodríguez – Lecturer and researcher, Department of Artificial Intelligence at UNED (Spanish National Distance Learning University)

Moderation: José Martinez Usero – Senior Project Manager, DIGITALEUROPE

14:15-14:45 Coffee Break
14:45-15:45 Panel on Digital Transition and the Future of Accessible Technology


  • Maddalena Illario – Director at Reference Sites Collaborative Network
  • Hector Minto – Microsoft, Lead Accessibility Evangelist (Director) at Microsoft
  • Lawrence Kerknawi – EU Zoom Video Communications Government Relations Manager

Moderation: Martina Piazza Policy Officer, DIGITALEUROPE

15:45- 16:15 Raising awareness through the ACCESSIBILITECH Project

  • Marian Palánquex – Accessibility expert, Built Environment Accessibility Department at Fundación ONCE
  • Natalí González – Accessibility expert, Accessible Technologies Department at Fundación ONCE
16:15 – 16:30 Concluding remarks – Inmaculada Placencia, Senior Expert in the Unit for Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the European Commission
16:30 – 17:30 Networking drinks (in the conference venue)

Please, fill in this form to register.


ACCESSIBLITECH is a European project, led by Fundación ONCE, which is developing a map of accessible and inclusive technological solutions, at European level, and a methodology to evaluate technologies that have the potential to improve the quality of life and experience of people with disabilities in the areas of teleworking, eLearning and telecare.

It is being developed with partners Inserta Innovacion, DIGITALEUROPE and EASPD (European Association of Service Providers for People with Disabilities), in collaboration with EDF (European Disability Forum), SEE (Social Economy Europe) and  Philea (European Philanthropy Association).

Visit the project portal and watch the project video

For more information, contact

The ACCESSIBILITECH project has received funding from the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship programme (2014-2020).

Funded by the European Union

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