From the early ages of AT-handicrafts the field has grown and established itself and know as e.g. Assistive Technologies or eInclusion. Due to maturing process the quality of ICT and AT in R&D and application are at the focus today. The equation "equality = eQuality", the motto of ICCHP 06, symbolizes how much equal access and therefore equal chances in society are dependant on eQuality, the quality of systems and services in taking the needs of all users into account including those with disabilities. eInclusion has become a major driving force for an open information society.
If the 21st century is the first of the "information or knowledge age", eQuality has to be seen as one of its fundamental human rights.
The enormous potential of ICT and AT can only be effective if this right of access and the importance of inclusive design are understood and accepted in society. "eAccessibility" and "Design for All" are becoming basic skills which should enable the next generation of engineers, designers and developers to take eQuality into account. Mainstreaming this know-how has become a major issue and asks for a professional field eInclusion. More than ever working towards eQuality asks for interdisciplinary co-operation in research, development, practice, evaluation and policy making. There is a need for traditional disciplines to leave their familiar paths and enter into new dialogues to contribute to an open and accessible society. Only a comprehensive, holistic approach enables us to explore the full potential of ICT and AT.
Since 1986 ICCHP serves this process. Since its beginning it offers an international platform for visionary researchers and practitioners in eInclusion. ICCHP’06 invites once again people from around the world to answer the call for contributions, exchange ideas, discuss common approaches and develop interdisciplinary programmes to contribute to present and future challenges. Come and get involved!
The International Programme and Organising Committee
H. J. Murphy
Held under the auspices of His Honorable
Dr. Heinz Fischer, Federal President of Austria
Commitee of Honor:
Dr. Josef Pühringer, Governor of Upper Austria
Josef Ackerl, member of provincial government
Dr. Franz Dobusch, Mayor of Linz
Univ.Prof.Dr. Rudolf G. Ardelt, Rector of University of Linz