Forschungsinstitut Technologie und Behinderung Project eABILITIES






A virtual platform to enhance and organise the coordination among centres for accessibility resources and support.

Short description


The project aims at developing a framework for current and future actions in research, education and technology transfer in the field of ICT accessibility in the home, vehicle and working environments in Europe. For this purpose, eABILITIES enables, organises and promotes the share of related knowledge, communication, facilities equipment and personnel resources.

Description of work

The project comprises the following main activities:

  • Benchmark of commercial products and research activities through the systematic analysis and comparison of technologies, products, services and research activities in eAccessibility, in terms of their accessibility, utility and quality of the user experience.
  • Proposal of recommendations and best practices in user experience for eAccessibility products and research lines, and contribution to pre-standardisation and standardisation activities.
  • Share of research resources (personnel, equipment, facilities and expertise) and support of the mobility of researchers and consultants through a common research space, a Virtual Lab, in accessibility in the focused areas (home, work and vehicle environments).
  • Establishment of fora and workshops where knowledge and experience are exchanged among end-users and professionals through the creation of SIGs (Special Interest Groups) on several areas, where cooperation constitutes a key issue.
  • Dissemination of project results.

A detailled project description can be found at the eABILITIES site.

Focus of FTB

  • Involvement of end-users in research activities.
  • Provision and dissemination of information.

Project partners

  • Project leader: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain.
  • Centre for Research and Technology Hellas CERTH, Greece.
  • SIEMENS S.A., Spain.
  • Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo, Spain.
  • Information Society Open To ImpairmentS e-ISOTIS, Greece.
  • Centro Estatal de Autonomía Personal y Ayudas Técnicas, Spain.
  • Centro Ricerche Fiat Società consortile per azioni, Italy.
  • Universität Basel, Department of Psychiatry, Center of Applied Technologies in Neuroscience, Switzerland.
  • IDEASIS LTD, Greece.
  • S. C. ATC ROM S.R.L., Romania.

Project data

Duration: 9/2006 - 8/2008.

Funding: co-funded by the European Commission within the IST-Programme of the 6th Framework Programme.

Contact persons at FTB

  • Dr.-Ing. Helmut Heck (head of FTB development centre)