|Project Type||Lifelong Learning program, subprogramme KA3 ICT|
|Participants||Steficon, PhoenixKM, Hypertech, HITECO, NTU, EuroCy|
Virtual Portal for Impaired Groups Interaction (ViPi) is a project partially funded by the European Union (EU) under the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007–2013, subprogramme KA3 ICT. The project commenced on 1 January 2011 and has 36 months duration (until 31 December 2013). The main vision of the project is to provide alternative and creative solutions for the employment of People with Disabilities (PwD) by delivering a "one-stop-shop" interactive portal and learning environment comprising: 1) a multilingual platform, 2) an embedded social community, 3) accessible content (WCAG 2.0) for PwD and trainers, etc. The project will bring together key stakeholders and gatekeepers (VET, target groups, umbrella organizations) in order to address the lack of specific training support or material for PwD and their trainers by providing a set of applications and services that will be available via a complete educational framework, taking into account interaction possibilities offered by web 2.0 and localised, tested and assessed with different end-user communities (GR, BE, LT, UK and CY).
ViPi envisages filling the gap of accessible and flexible basic ICT skills training, designed to meet the specific needs of people with disabilities, as well as the special education trainers themselves. To cope with this, a multilingual platform will be designed and developed that will consist of an interactive portal with a semantically enriched (compliant with Web 3.0) repository of learning objects (LOs) accompanied by a social community area and a dedicated online learning environment to host training courses. The platform will be developed based on open source software and will fully embrace the WCAG 2.0 accessibility guidelines (level AA). Furthermore, the platform will embed functionalities based on ARIA.
The project will deliver an online ICT learning environment for people with disabilities and their trainers. The expected results and achievements within the project lifetime are summarized in the following:
- State-of-the-art analysis of ICT skills learing objects (LOs) for people with disabilities.
- A comparative analysis of findings in several countries across Europe (UK, LT, GR, BE & CY).
- A culturally adapted curriculum on ICT skills tailored to individual user's needs.
- A set of multilingual training material in different formats including a trainer handbook.
- A fully accessible collaborative ViPI platform enriched with intuitive and accessible mobile and Internet/PC based educational/serious games.
More information for the project achievements and results can be found in the project web site.
The partners involved in the development of ViPi are:
- AEGIS-ACCESSIBLE Projects (10 May 2011). "Accessibility: An ongoing struggle in every domain of daily life" (Flash with text transcript). slideshare. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
- Access For All: ViPi project announcement, http://www.accessforall.eu/2011/01/vipi-%E2%80%93-virtual-portal-for-impaired-groups-interaction/
- Cyprus Government Web Portal: People with Disabilities links & projects, http://www.cyprus.gov.cy/portal/portal.nsf/0/D5BDBCF58E61104BC2256FDB002899C5?OpenDocument&a=1&z=
- ViPi project presentation, http://www.vipi-project.eu/2011/04/vipi-project-presentation/
- eInclusion stops where the beneficiary cannot afford or understand ICT based solutions, http://www.slideshare.net/aegisproject/29-e-inclusion-stops-where-the-beneficiary-cannot-afford-or-understand-ict-based-solutions
- Lack of training has been identified as a core barrier in studies by ACCESSIBLE and AEGIS project, http://www.slideshare.net/aegisproject/aegis-presentation-at-drt4all-by-karel-van-isacker-epr.
- ViPi 1st National Workshop in Larnaca, Cyprus: Interview with Stelios Stylianou, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ef8Dh8wD73s
- Exploration of Stakeholder needs for the ViPi platform, http://www.slideshare.net/aegisproject/exploration-of-stakeholder-needs-for-the-vi-pi-portal
- ViPi survey on ICT training needs for people with disabilities (in Greek), http://www.addmecop.eu/home/greece/3c13b53c53bd3b1-3b33b93b1-3c43b93c2-3b13bd3b33ba3b53c2-3ba3b13c43c13c43b93c33b73c2-3c33c43b93c2-3a43a0395-3b33b93b1-3c43bf3bc3b1-3bc3b5-3b53b93b43b93ba3c2-3b13bd3b33ba3b53c2
- ViPi survey on ICT training needs for people with disabilities, http://www.accessforall.eu/2011/06/vipi-survey-on-ict-training-needs-for-people-with-disabilities/, http://www.epractice.eu/en/node/5306965
- Steficon website, http://www.steficon.gr
- PhoenixKM website, http://www.phoenixkm.eu/
- Hypertech website, http://www.hypertech.gr/
- HITECO website, http://www.hiteconet.eu/
- NTU website, http://www.ntu.ac.uk/
- Eurocy website, http://www.eurocyinnovations.com//