The draft CWAs below is in its commenting phase for 60 days. Please send your comments to the WS Secretary using the table below. Deadline for comments: 26 April 2010.
The draft is also available on the NSAI website since the 19 February 2010.
Draft CWA: Curriculum for training Professionals in Universal Design — CEN CWA /UD-Prof Curriculum — Complementary element
Table for comments
The Workshop originates from earlier work in the EU-funded IDCnet and DfA@eInclusion projects.
The goal of this Workshop is to specify and recommend a curriculum for training ICT professionals in the Universal Design approach.
Universal Design (UD) aims to design ICT products and services so they can be used by everyone without the need for specialised solutions or adaptations regardless of a person's age, environment, ability or disability. A crucial part of the approach is compliance with relevant standards and guidelines. It aims to develop technology that is robust, can be used on different platforms or in different contexts of use, as well as being usable by users with different skills.
In order for ICT industry to adopt UD principles, methods and solutions, the professionals involved will need to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills. This is a crucial condition for an effective, as well as economic, change in management and production process in the ICT industry.
Proposed CEN Workshop Agreement
The UD curriculum to be specified by this CEN Workshop shall identify the knowledge and skills that are necessary to successfully implement the UD approach in an ICT development process.
The training guidelines shall reflect the special training needs of ICT professionals, the conditions and context of training for professionals, and the different needs of different professional roles in the ICT industry.
The kick-off meeting of the workshop took place on 27 May 2009 in Brussels.
Approved Business Plan
Mr Dónal Rice
Centre for Excellence in Universal Design
National Disability Authority
Tel: + 353 (0)1 608 0430
Ms Barbara Schmidt-Belz
53756 Sankt Augustin, Germany
Tel: + 49 (0)2241 142796
National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI)
Ms Elizabeth O'Farrell
1 Swift Square
Northwood - Santry
Tel: + 353 1 807 38 00
Fax: + 353 1 807 38 38
CEN Management Centre
Ms Gaïd Le Gall
Innovation and Business Development
Avenue Marnix, 17
Tel: + 32 2 550 09 39