ETNA logo European Thematic Networkon Assistive Information Technologies

The ETNA Consortium

  • Logo  Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi
  • Logo Institut Der Deutschen Wirtschaft Köln
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Association For The Advancement Of Assistive Technology In Europe
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  • Logo Italian National Research Council
  • Logo Centro Estatal de Autonomía Personal y Ayudas Técnicas
  • Logo  Johannes Kepler Universitaet
  • Logo  ACE Centre
  • Logo Tecnalia Research and Innovation
  • Logo John Gill Technology
  • Logo Associazione Italiana per l'assistenza agli Spastici- Bologna
  • Logo Hacavie
  • Logo Technical University Kosice
  • Logo  Disabled Living Foundation
  • Logo Dart Centre
  • Logo Zuyd University
  • Logo National Institute for Health and Welfare
  • Logo European Association of Service Providers for persons with Disabilities
  • Logo Centre for Research and Technology Hellas
  • Logo  Disability Now
  • Logo Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Logo  the Nottingham Trent University
  • Logo Forschungsinstitut Technologie und Behinderung

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

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Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus

CITT (Centre for Innovation and Technical Transfer)
Milano, Italy

The Fondazione Don Carlo Gnocchi Onlus is the largest private non-profit provider of rehabilitation services in Italy. Currently it runs 28 Centres, providing medical, social and vocational rehabilitation to individuals of all ages with a variety of physical, sensory and mental disabilities. It employs over 6000 people including medical, paramedical, technical and administrative personnel. The Foundation is active in Research, with over 30 national and international research projects currently in operation, over 150 articles published every year in scientific Journals and over 40 courses organized every year within the National Training-in-Medicine programme. The Foundation operates a network of eleven AT assessment Centres. AT research is mainly located in the CITT (Centre for Innovation and Technical Transfer) which runs - inter alia - the Italian national AT information portal (SIVA) and coordinates the European Assistive Technology Information network (EASTIN).

Mr Renzo Andrich
Renzo Andrich
Research coordinator, Assistive Technology Area
ETNA Project Coordinator

Mr Valerio Gower
Valerio Gower
Researcher, Assistive Technology Area
ETNA Scientific Assistant

Ms Sabrina Vincenti
Sabrina Vincenti
Researcher, Assistive Technology Area
ETNA Management Assistant

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Institut Der Deutschen Wirtschaft Köln

Köln, Germany

Founded in 1951, the Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft Köln e.V. (Cologne Institute for Economic Research) is a private non-profit organisation whose membership consists of industrial and employer's associations. The Institute has 145 employees. It carries out research in all areas of educational, social, economic and media policy, and publicises the results, particularly for specific target groups in the fields of economics, science, politics and education. The Institute also does research in the field of vocational and social participation of people with disabilities. On behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs the Institute established the comprehensive information system on rehabilitation matters REHADAT. The Assistive Products database - bilingual German / English - is the most complete and mostly used database in the REHADAT system. It covers the whole range of products classified under the IS0 9999 standard "Assistive products for persons with disability", including ICT AT software.

Ms Petra Winkelmann
Petra Winkelmann
Project Manager

Ms Britta Lüssem
Britta Lüssem
Software Developer

Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe
Association For The Advancement Of Assistive Technology In Europe

The mission of the Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe (AAATE) is to stimulate the advancement of assistive technology for the benefit of persons with disabilities and elderly persons. AAATE brings together key players in the AT field in Europe from academia, research, industry, professional organisations, service delivery, policy makers and end users. It acts as a platform for discussion, exchange, networking and common growth. It currently includes 250 individual members from all EU Countries (many of them serving as national contact, or in Special Interest Groups) and 20 institutional members. Since twenty years it runs International scientific Conferences (the biennial AAATE Conference), organizes thematic workshops, participates in EU consultative Bodies, and issues a Scientific Journal (Technology and Disability). Through its members, the AAATE is a powerful channel for collecting information of what's happening in the field throughout Europe, analyze and discuss AT-related topics with all stakeholders, and come up with either scientific or policy proposals.

Mr Niels-Erik Mathiassen
Niels-Erik Mathiassen

Italian National Research Council
Italian National Research Council

Institute for Educational Technologies
Genova, Italy

The Istituto Tecnologie Didattiche (Educational Technologies Institute) is one out of the 108 research institutes of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). Currently it has 31 permanent staff members (22 researchers, 13 support staff). The Institute is strongly interdisciplinary with expertise in informatics, mathematics, physics, linguistics, psychology, pedagogy. Its core research area is Technology Enhanced Learning (innovative technology-based environments for teaching and learning processes). Research interests include e-Inclusion in education; documentation and evaluation of educational digital tools; technology-enhanced learning for mathematics and scientific education; technology enhanced development of cognitive skills for the knowledge society (including games for learning); pedagogical planning support tools (models, design methods, authoring tools, collaborative development); learning networks for professional development; computer supported collaborative learning.

Michela Ott
Senior Researcher

Stefania Bocconi
Ph.D. Researcher

Mauro Tavella
Senior Researcher

Giovanni Caruso

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The National Board of Social Services

Odense, Denmark

The National Board of Social Services is an independent subdivision of The Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration. Founded on January 1st 2007, the Board aims to promote new development and initiatives in social services while also supporting and counselling local authorities in providing services to citizens, i.e. children, young people, socially marginalised groups, elderly and disabled. The Danish Parliament decides the political social and welfare initiatives to be implemented in Denmark. The National Board of Social Services is charged with ensuring that such initiatives are put into practice in Denmark's local authorities as intended by the Parliament and to counsel and assist local authorities. In addition, the Board offers specialist consultancy and specialist assessments in complicated and specialised individual cases in the field. In such cases, the Board also offers specialist consultancy to citizens.

Mr Thomas Lyhne
Thomas Lyhne
Specialty Consultant, AssistData

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Universitaet Linz

Institut Integriert Studieren
Linz, Austria

The Institut Integriert Studieren (IIS), established in 1991, is an institute at Johannes Kepler University of Linz (JKU) focusing on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Assistive Technologies (AT) in computer science. Additionally, IIS provides support services for students with disabilities / chronic illness and is conducting research concerning social integration of students and people with disabilities. Within the ETNA project, IIS will bring its expertise in usability and accessibility of ICT systems (electronic documents, WWW, software, man-machine interaction paradigms). IIS has developed, designed and performed two university courses - one on Assistive Technologies and one on Accessible Web Design - considering inclusive teaching and distance learning. Up to now IIS has been involved in over 60 (inter)national projects. Since 1996 it is in charge of organising the International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs (ICCHP). ICCHP 2012 will host an ETNA event.

Mr Klaus Miesenberger
Klaus Miesenberger
Associate Professor, Vice-head of Institute

Ms Andrea Petz
Andrea Petz
Senior Researcher

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Ace Centre Advisory Trust

Oxford, UK

The ACE Centre Advisory Trust is a national centre of excellence in the UK. Applied research and development is integral to the service delivery activities of the ACE Centre and is internationally acknowledged. The ACE Centre's work is now largely focused on extending and enriching computer and communication access for severely physically disabled children, young people and adults facilitated by its multi-disciplinary team. The ACE Centre has been involved in and managed a number of major national/international software/assistive technology research and development and networking projects including, most recently, AEGIS, COGAIN (both EU projects) and OATSoft. The ACE Centre was also involved with Comspec, PCAD and WWWAAC EU projects in the past. National projects have included: educational software accessibility; switch access to Windows; speech recognition: video-conferencing tele-support: eyegaze; a maths processor and resources such as Look2Talk and SpeechBubble.

Mr David Colven
David Colven
Technical Adviser

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Fundación Tecnalia Research and Innovation

Donostia/ San Sebastian, Spain

TECNALIA is the leading Spanish private research and technology organization, employing 1500 people (164 PhDs). TECNALIA is structured as 5 divisions: Industry and Transport, ICT, Sustainable Development, Innovation Systems, and Health and Quality of Life (QoL). Operationally, it functions as Business Units, made up of multi-disciplinary teams which optimize our offers to different strategic sectors, emphasizing the market orientation and specialization. The QoL Unit, formerly the Fatronik and Robotiker research centres, is focused on the application of new technologies in the field of health and quality of life, particularly with respect to elderly and people with disabilities. Among the most relevant areas of expertise of Tecnalia's QoL unit are Assistive technologies (Accessible Solutions for people with sensory impairments, Adaptive, multimodal and ubiquitous interfaces), eHealth (tele-assistance, tele-monitoring and tele-rehabilitation) and Rehabilitation (sensory-motor/neuro rehabilitation; mobility support, human movement and bio-signals analysis, functional electrical stimulation, tele-rehabilitation). The QoL unit is working in several EU research projects: FLORENCE, COMPANIONABLE, BEDMOND, HAPTIMAP.

Igone Idigoras
Director Assistive Technologies Department- Health Technologies Unit

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John Gill Technology Ltd

Iver, UK

John Gill Technology Ltd specialises in the needs of disabled and elderly people, including assistive technology and inclusive design. Their services include consultancy on the accessibility of information and communication technology systems including smart cards and biometric systems, lectures on accessibility and other related subjects, assistance in preparation of grant applications, and advice on standardisation.

Mr John Gill
John Gill

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Ceapat - Instituto De Mayores Y Servicios Sociales

Centro Estatal de Autonomía Personal y Ayudas Técnicas

Madrid, Spain

Ceapat is the National Reference Centre for Personal Autonomy and Accessible Technologies of IMSERSO (an agency of the Spanish Ministry of Health, Social Affairs and Equality). Ceapat's vision is to serve as reference and excellence centre in accessibility and design for all, assistive products and digital interaction. Ceapat works at analysing, systematizing and disseminating information and knowledge; promoting scientific research, development, and innovation; training professionals; collaborating in the preparation and application of technical standards; providing technical assistance to public and private Institutions.

Ms Lucia Perez-Castilla Alvarez
Lucia Perez-Castilla Alvarez

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Associazione Italiana Assistenza agli Spastici

Bologna, Italy

AIAS Bologna Onlus is a medium-size non-for-profit organisation for people with disabilities, their families and carers. The organisation employs approximately 100 professionals and has been working with end users and AT for over 30 years. Every year over 1000 people benefit from the services of the organisation. AIAS staff Is one of the major public Assistive Technology expertise centres in Italy, meeting the needs of clients in a large geographical area (Emilia Romagna and beyond) . It's also a key hub within the Regional Government Strategy to provide quality services supporting the independence of people with disabilities and of the aging citizens, through direct assessments and professional development and training addressed to experts in the health and social care sector in Emilia Romagna Region.

Mr Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf
Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf
Senior Project Manager and AT expert

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Hacavie -Handicap Et Cadre De Vie

Lille, France

Hacavie is a resource, information and advice centre on assistive technology products for people with disabilities and elderly people. Handicat , one of the main Hacavie activities, is a nation-wide database on assistive technologies, freely accessible through the Internet, currently including approximately 9000 assistive technology products, each described with pictures, technical information, price and funding schemes, and about 400 manufacturers/importers.

Yann Bertel Venezia
Head of the IT service

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The Technical University of Kosice

Access Centre

Kosice, Slovakia

The Technical University of Kosice (TUKE) has nine faculties, around 15,000 full-time undergraduates and 900 post-graduate (doctoral) students. Almost 900 teachers work here, and the same number of research and administrative staff. The TU of Kosice caters for a wide range of educational needs not only in the East-Slovakian region, but throughout Slovakia and Central Europe. The Access Centre of the Technical university of Kosice is a special pedagogical workplace supporting students with disabilities mainly in ICT and e-Accessibility. Its mission is to ensure that all students with disabilities can have equal access to educational opportunities at the Technical University and other Universities in Kosice city, thus participating, freely and actively, in all areas of University life. The Centre is involved also in long-life education of professionals working with/for people with disabilities.

Mr Dusan  Simsík
Dusan Simsík
Head of the Access Centre

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Disabled Living Foundation

London, UK

The Disabled Living Foundation is a national charity in the UK, established in 1970, that provides impartial advice, information and training on independent living for older people and people with disabilities of all ages. It owns the UK's national database of daily living equipment, DLF Data. In November 2008, DLF launched the ground-breaking information service for the public, Living made easy. This web based service brings together for the very first time DLF's impartial information and expert advice on independent living in an easy, accessible form so that older people, those with disabilities, parents, carers, family and friends can find the help they need and can trust. Every year, DLF provides information and advice to hundreds of thousands of people. It works closely with national and local government and provides training for health and social care staff. The equipment industry in the UK also supports the work of DLF through equipment loans and sponsorships.

Warren Goodland
Occupational Therapist

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Sahlgrenska University Hospital

DART Center for AAC and Assistive Technology

Göteborg, Sweden

Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Northern Europe's largest hospital with 17,000 employees, belongs to Västra Götalands Läns Landsting, and is situated on several locations in Göteborg on the West Coast of Sweden. It is the clinical platform for research at the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg. DART ( is a centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication and Assistive Technology, based on an interdisciplinary and user-oriented approach, and with a strong emphasis on research and development. DART is a part of the Regional Children's Rehabilitation Unit, in the Section for Neurology, Neuropsychiatry and Rehabilitation at the Department of Paediatrics of SU.

Mr Mats Lundälv
Mats Lundälv
R&D Officer and ICT Educational Consultant

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Zuyd University

Research Centre Technology in Care

Heerlen, The Netherlands

Hogeschool Zuyd (Zuyd University) is a University of applied sciences, which is located in the cities of Heerlen, Maastricht and Sittard in the Netherlands. With 13,650 students and more than 50 study programmes (both Bachelor's and Master's levels), it is one of the largest universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands. The Research Centre for Technology in Care at Zuyd University plays an important role in initiating and stimulating innovation in long term care. Together with carers, professionals, businesses, and clients from care settings, we perform research and innovation, thereby developing knowledge in new ways to benefit professionals in care and the training provided by the university. The application of technology is central to the work. Technology is seen as one of the most promising solutions to meet the rapidly growing needs for care in a shortage labour market. The research centre for Technology in Care functions as a link between the areas of Technology/ICT and Health Care. The department is closely linked to the study programmes in health care related study programmes (i.e. Occupational Therapy) provide students, staff and external parties with important and society-relevant knowledge coming from several research projects around the use of modern technology for people with disabilities and the development and standardization of new assessments focused on participation and autonomy for various client groups.

Ms Jeanne Heijkers
Jeanne Heijkers
Occupational Therapy Lecturer

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Terveyden Ja Hyvinvoinnnin Laitos/ National Institute for Health and Welfare

Helsinki, Finland

The National Institute for Health and Welfare ((Terveyden ja hyvinvoinnnin laitos THL) is a research and development institute under the Finnish Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. THL works to promote the well-being and health of the population, to prevent diseases and social problems, and to develop social and health services. THL is the statutory statistical authority in health and welfare and maintains a strong knowledge base within its own field of operations. THL is also responsible for the application of this knowledge. THL has a wide range of tools to carry out its responsibilities: research, follow-up and evaluation, development, expert influence, official tasks as well as international co-operation. THL seeks to serve the broader society in addition to the scientific community, actors in the field and decision-makers in central government and municipalities. THL does research and development in the field of assistive technology services and accessibility and maintains Apudata database on assistive technology organisations in Finland.

Ms Tuula Hurnasti
Tuula Hurnasti

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European Association Of Service Providers For Persons With Disabilities

The European Association of Service Providers for persons with Disabilities (EASPD) - a European platform representing over 8000 member organisations - promotes the equalization of opportunities for people with disabilities through high quality service systems. The objective is achieved through 3 pillars: Information (Informing its members about the main developments at European level), Impact (Voicing the concerns of the sector towards European institutions) and Innovation (Research & Development, involvement in projects). EASPD has been a dissemination & exploitation partner in a broad range of projects over the last 10 years. The organisation is currently coordinating a networking project in the field of ICT (under the Lifelong Learning Programme) and involved in another ICT-related project co-funded by the FP7 Programme. The organisation offers a wide experience in dissemination & exploitation strategies, in addition to very strong connections at European level. /br>

Katrijn Dekoninck
Project & Liaison Officer

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Centre For Research And Technology Hellas

Hellenic Institute for Transport

Thermi Thessaloniki, Greece

The Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH/HIT) - established in March 2000, based at the Technology Park of Thermi, Thessaloniki - is a non-profit Body under the auspices of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Greek Ministry of Education. It carries out basic and applied research aimed at new products and services with industrial, economic and social impact. The Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT) is the national institute for promotion of Transport Research and Policy support. HIT has been involved in over 70 EU research projects. It was the coordinator of successful FP5 projects (AWAKE, AGILE, IMAGE, IMMACULATE) and was actively involved in many others (SENSATION IP, IMAGINE-IT, IN-SAFETY, ASK-IT IP, CATER, HUMABIO, GOOD ROUTE, TRAIN-ALL, AIDE IP). HIT is currently involved in FP7 as coordinator of three projects (AEGIS IP, SAFERIDER, ACCESSIBLE) and participates in many others (OASIS IP, VERITAS IP, SAVE ME, SAFEWAY2SCHOOL, ACCESS2ALL).

Evangelos Bekiaris
Dipl. Mechanical Engineer - Transport Research Director

Eleni Chalkia
Civil Engineer

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Disability Now/ Anapiria Tora

Thessaloniki, Greece

Disability NOW is a Greek supportive organisation mostly managed by people with disabilities, and aims to produce and distribute all available information on disabilities as well as to empower Greek disabled people with proper technical knowledge and skills to manage their needs and reconstruct their lives. Through its own portal ( with over 150,000 visitors/month, the organisation established an informational gateway for people with disabilities. Among its innovative initiatives are: the printed magazine "Disability NOW", distributed free of charge to 14,000 subscribers (throughout Greece & Cyprus); the largest Digital Library for Disability in Greece; the Disability News portal (; the annual exhibition Autonomia EXPO ( held every May in Athens; the Disability Business portal ( with Specialized Peer Counselling Services for employment & entrepreneurship. Disability NOW has great capacity in information and dissemination, targeted at user groups, professionals, academics and policy-makers in the field of health and social care and education, amongst other fields.

Ms Anna Evangelinou
Anna Evangelinou
Disability Consultant and Project Manager

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Kehitysvammaliitto Ry/ Finnish Association On Intellectual And Developmental Disabilities

Helsinki, Finland

The Finnish Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (FAIDD) is a co-operative forum for organisations and persons working for better quality of life for people with intellectual disabilities and people with speech disabilities. FAIDD's unit "Communication and Technology Centre Tikoteekki" is specialized in development, research and usage of assistive technology and augmentative communication (AAC). The centre provides also assessment of communication and computers by its multi-disciplinary team. The Papunet web service unit of FAIDD promotes accessible and equitable communication. It maintains the Papunet website and offers training and consultation on accessible web services and performs accessibility assessments of websites from the perspective of people with speech impairments and users of plain language. Tikoteekki and Papunet participate in the national and international collaboration through projects, networks and conferences.

Satu Railosvuo
Occupational Therapist, Communication and Technology Centre Tikoteekki

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Nottingham Trent University

Computing and Technology team- School of Science and Technology

Nottingham, UK

The Nottingham Trent University is a Higher Education institution in the UK, with 2,358 staff and 21,000 learners. Its main areas of activity are teaching at undergraduate and post graduate levels, and research. The Interactive Systems Research group (ISRG) within the Computing and Technology academic team at NTU has as its central ethos the development and evaluation of innovative multimedia, virtual reality, serious games and assistive technologies to promote the social inclusion of all EU citizens.

Ms Lindsay Evett
Lindsay Evett
Lecturer in Artificial Intelligence in the Computing & Technology Team at NTU, and a member of the ISRG

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Evangelische Stiftung Volmarstein

Forschungsinstitut Technologie und Behinderung

Wetter/ Ruhr, Germany

Forschungsinstitut Technologie und Behinderung (FTB) is the general department for requirement analysis, research, development, evaluation, advice, and exploitation of assistive technology within the rehabilitation centre 'Evangelische Stiftung Volmarstein'. FTB is organised in three areas of responsibility: Information Centre, Development Centre and Test Centre, which comprise knowledge about users' needs, technological expertise and training of rehabilitation staff. In addition FTB is a scientific institution at the universities of Hagen and Dortmund. FTB operates an advice centre on AT and assisted living, is actively researching and supporting in the field of accessible ICT, has been contributing to the Assistive Products database in the REHADAT system since 1992, and is running 'Agentur Barrierefrei NRW', a service centre on barrier-free design in Northrhine-Westphalia (about 18 million inhabitants).

Mr Michael Hubert
Michael Hubert
Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Expert