e-Accessibility Meets Technology

under the patronage of the Embassy of the United States in Switzerland and the Federal Bureau for the Equality of People with Disabilities (FBED)

The Event

The goal of this event is to bring together people from the field of e-accessibility and technology to discuss possible future collaborations towards improving the lives of people with special needs.


Wednesday, February 3, 2016, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
(including Apéro)


ETH Zürich
Semper Aula (Hauptgebäude)
Rämistrasse 101
CH-8092 Zürich


6:00-6:15 p.m.:
Welcome addresses:
  • Welcome address by the organizers
  • Prof. Dr. Urs Strasser, President of the University of Applied Sciences of Special Needs Education
  • Prof. Dr. Michael Hengartner, President of the University of Zurich
    Speech (PDF 0.1MB)
  • Prof. Dr. Detlef Günther, Vice President Research and Corporate Relations, ETH Zurich
6:15-6:30 p.m.:
Keynote address by Suzan G. LeVine, United States Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein
6:30-6:45 p.m.:
Introductory talk: e-Accessibility and mainstream technology
Presentation slides (PDF 0.4MB)
6:45-8:00 p.m.:
Short presentations: Flavors of e-accessibility
8:00-9:00 p.m.:

Short presentations:
Flavors of e-accessibility

Host: Tobias Haug, HfH

Digital Publishing, Bernhard Heinser, Director «Access for All»
Outlook on the future of digital publishing and opportunities for future accessible electronic documents
Presentation slides (PDF 0.4MB)
Language Technology, Sarah Ebling, UZH
Applications of language technology for persons with disabilities: translation of subtitles; automatic text simplification; translation into sign language; automatic recognition of speech, text, and signs; speech and sign synthesis
Presentation slides (PDF 8MB)
Accessibility at Microsoft, Sascha Corti, Microsoft Switzerland
Overview of research projects in the context of accessibility
Presentation slides (PDF 1.6MB)
Accessibility on the road and at home, Anton Bolfing, R&D, «Access for All»
A short journey through potential fields of action for accessibility in the areas of orientation, navigation, and home appliances
Presentation slides (PDF 0.8MB)
Accessibility at Samsung, Martin Kathriner, Samsung Global Corporate Citizenship
Insights into accessibility at Samsung
ETH Cybathlon, Detlef Günther, ETH
Presentation of the upcoming Cybathlon event (October 8, 2016)


Interpretation between English/German and German/Swiss German Sign Language (DSGS) is provided.

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  • Logo: US Embassy
  • Logo: Federal Bureau for the Eqality of People with Disabilties FBED

Special thanks go to:

  • Logo: US Embassy
  • Logo: Swiss Federel Institute of Technology Zurich
  • Logo: Bundesamt für Kommunikation
  • Logo: University of Zurich, Institute of Computational Linguistics


  • Logo: University of Applied Sciences for Special Needs Education (HfH), Department 2 for Pedagogical and Therapeutic Vocational Training
  • Logo: «Access for All» Foundation
  • Logo: University of Zurich, Institute of Computational Linguistics
  • Logo: Swiss Federel Institute of Technology Zurich