Forschungsinstitut Technologie und Behinderung Information Centre





Information Centre


The FTB Information Centre offers access to a wide range of information, advice and advanced training in respect of Assistive Technology and barrier-free design.
For this purpose the institute disposes of an outstanding infrastructure including a permanent exhibition of technical aids, a completely equipped demonstration flat and the so called 'Info Bus'.

In the framework of national and European projects topics like AT provision, vocational education, social integration, universal design and access to information society are treated.
Co-operation partners are e.g.: universities, research institutes, educational institutions, public authorities and facilities, industrial companies, trade fairs, rehabilitation centres, user organisations and advisory centres.

Examples of Projects and Services:

  • Agentur Barrierefrei NRW - Accessibilitiy Agency North Rhine-Westphalia
  • Wohnberatung NRW - Expert Advice on Living in favour of Elderly People and People with Disabilities in North Rhine-Westphalia
  • ETNA - European Thematic Network on Assistive Information and Communication Technologies (2011-2013, EU)
  • USEM - User Empowerment in Standardisation (2007-2009, EU)
  • REHADAT - Information System on Vocational Rehabilitation/ Database on Technical Aids
  • AbI - Alliance for Barrier-free Information Technology
  • IMH - Information for Deaf and Hearing Impaired People with Multiple Disabilities
  • GISELA - Guidance and Information Services for Less-abled Women
  • ILSE Independent Living Skills Evaluation
  • DfA-AT-Award Design for All and Assistive Technology European Award
  • PACE - Partial Certification for Lower and Medium Level Vocational Training
  • VERTIKULT - Mediation of Services and Transfer of Information for Cultural Work
  • BRIDGE - Assistive Technology against Social Exclusion
  • UT NRW - Centre of Excellence on Assistive Technology in North Rhine-Westphalia
  • FORTUNE - Empowered Participation of Users with Disabilities in Projects
  • EXPERTISE - Exchange Promotion of Telematic and Robotic Technologies for Vocational Training and Employment of Disabled People
  • CCA - Qualification of Physically Disabled People as Call Centre Agents
  • TEDIS - Teleworking for Disabled People
  • ART Net - International Digital Network for Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology
  • DELICATE - Distance Learning and Career Advice for People with Special Needs on Automation Technologies and Industrial Environments
  • AVISE - Telework for People with Disabilities
  • HEART - Horizontal European Activities on Rehabilitation Technology

Head of FTB Information Centre:

Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Schmitz

Last Updated at Friday, 21 June 2013