[Irl-dean] ASC Initiative

Mark Magennis Mark.magennis at ncbi.ie
Wed Sep 6 16:31:43 IST 2006

This may be worth a go for some people on the list. The funding is  
geared towards projects in digital content and skills development for  
people with disabilities. The idea is to increase awareness and  
relevance of ICT through the availability of relevant content and to  
foster communities of common interest through on-line services and  

Words like 'blog', 'podcast', 'discussion forum' and 'social  
networking' spring immediately to mind. Give people with disabilities  
the tools and training and let them create relevant content for  
themselves and each other.

The funding should cover 100% of staff costs, equipment, travel, etc.  
As far as I can see, there are no restrictions on who can apply.

The only snag is that the successful proposals won't be announced  
until probably mid to end November and the money has to be spent by  
the end of December, which leaves only 6 to 8 weeks work that can be  
covered. Still, that's enough time to do something.

Anyone got any ideas for a short project they want to share?


On 25 Aug 2006, at 15:42, drice at nda.ie wrote:

> Hi all,
> the Department of the Taoiseach announced on Wednesday the launch  
> of this year's e-inclusion fund (the mandatory 'e' is there for  
> your benefit, Paul <smile>).
> It's similar to other years' funding except it is now called the  
> ASC (Access, Skills and Content) Initiative and the amount this  
> year is €1.5 mill.
> Full details including application forms are available at on the  
> Dept of the Taoiseach website: http://www.taoiseach.gov.ie/ 
> index.asp?docID=2135
> The closing date for receipt of application forms is 5pm on  
> Wednesday 20 September 2006.
> Regards,
> Dónal Rice.
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Dr. Mark Magennis
Director of the Centre for Inclusive Technology (CFIT)
National Council for the Blind of Ireland
Whitworth Road, Dublin 9, Republic of Ireland

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