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Brief presentation

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A European network of leading Institutions

ETNA is an EU-wide network involving 23 leading Institutions in 13 Countries.

Since 2011 it has been working to establish a Web Portal on assistive technology products based on information and communication technologies (ICT), on accessibility solutions and related services.

Assistive technology and e-accessibility

ICT-based assistive technology products - as well as accessibility solutions for mainstream ICT products and services - are powerful drivers for inclusion and quality of life of people with disabilities and elderly people.

They help compensate for functional limitations and tackle barriers in all types of environment, thus playing a central role in equalising opportunities.

The issue

Ensuring access to ICT assistive equipment, systems and services is not straightforward. Information on existing products is often patchy and not well distributed; the needed expertise is in the hands of few specialists scattered throughout Europe; the market is still a niche dominated by highly specialised small or medium enterprises. The ETNA Thematic Network worked at addressing this issue, in collaboration with another Thematic Network, ATIS4All (Assistive Technology and Inclusive Solutions for All) and the EASTIN Association (European Assistive Technology Information Network).

The Project Leader

The Project - successfully concluded on December 31, 2013 - was co-ordinated by the Centre for Innovation and Technical Transfer (CITT) of the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation, based in Milano, Italy.