The aim of the Cardiac project was to generate a research agenda roadmap highlighting research priorities in accessible and assistive ICT that will favour eAccessibility.
Assistive devices have helped many people with activity limitations – these devices vary from inexpensive low technology aids for daily living to sophisticated special computer terminals. However the trends in technological development mean that it is increasingly important for all users to be able to use mainstream systems and services. All too often these systems have been designed for what has been perceived as a ‘typical’ user, and little allowance has been made for people with activity limitations.
Prioritising research for social inclusion in the emerging information society is not just about determining what new technological developments to fund, but how to influence mainstream design teams to take into account the needs of people with activity limitations when designing new products or services. In the longer term the full integration of various technologies offers exciting possibilities to provide a wide range of services that are inclusive and able to support people when necessary.
Whilst the core objective of the project was to advise funding bodies as to where to direct research funding in the short, medium and more distant future within the context of ICT for independent living, inclusion and governance, the results are also of value to all stakeholders involved in the field of accessible and assistive ICT.