Workshops ICC 2021


In the following, you find all ICC 2021 workshop offers in alphabetical order including further descriptions.
It is crucial that you READ this list before you start to make your choices.

There are 7 Workshops with a specified target group:
- Screen Users - 1 - Using no technology or magnifying software - evtly combined with speech output
- Borderline and Blind Users - 1 - From magnification combined with Speech output till Screen reader / Braille
- Screen Reader Users - 4 - Using Screen Reader - Audio and/or Braille Output
- Braille Users - 1 - Using Screen Reader with Braille output

The other workshops are designed for all target groups without any restriction in terms of Assistive Technology in use.

Enjoy selecting - the minimum would be 10, but 14 - 15 would be better!

1) Bookshare Treehouse

Books are friends, stories can change lives and reading guides you to knowledge, history, personal growth and new (real & fictious) worlds.
In short: Reading is elementary - but:

  • WHAT do YOU read? HOW do YOU read?
  • Are you an audio-book-phile or do you prefer to read by touch?
  • What was the last book that impressed you most and why?

So many questions wait for us in our bookshare treehouse, come and join!

2) Doing Office Tasks in Your Web Browser (SCREEN READER USERS)

Office applications on the web are around for quite a long time now, but screen reader users still tend to find the classical desktop applications more convenient to use. Although I belong to this group too, I am convinced that the web variants of the Office applications such as Word and Excel get more and more important, and I can give some hints for you as screen reader users how you may cope with the new challenges. And, since perfect solutions for the web applications with the screen reader still seem to be lacking, I am confident that the one ore the other of you may be able to contribute with new findings to this experimental session: I shall propose some examples, and we shall work together to best tackle them.

3) Dream together

Dreams do not only fill your nights with more or less realistic pictures, dreams are a strong motivator and promotor of personal development.
Let`s work together on Dreams, Visualisation, Goals and Resilience and get to know techniques to start with recognising your wishes and dreams - and what you can do to follow and perhaps even make them come true!

4) Employability Skills

An introduction to CVs, interviews and how to make the most of your experiences. This workshop is designed to show you how employable you are, and will help us all become and show ourselves to be more employable when we apply for jobs. If you have work or volunteering experience, or already have a CV made, please come along ready to share!

5) From Page to Voice

In the project "Lapról hangra - From page to voice", sighted volunteers read up newspapers for blind and visually impaired people. They upload read material in mp3 on the website of the programme (, where visually impaired people can listen to them.
For blind people it is very difficult to read printed newspapers and magazines. With this site they can reach different printed newspapers on an accessible website in human voice. Volunteers and the blind readers can also communicate about the read and heard articles on the website, they form a community, can be friends.
We will talk about this webpage, introduce its functioning and how we coordinate the work with the volunteers. We think it can be a good practice to follow in other countries.

6) Get heard - EBU: The movement of blind and partially sighted people, what it takes to voice our interests internationally

In this workshop, you will get to know EBU, the European Blind Union, the civil society organisation that represents the interests of visually impaired persons from 41 European countries.
Bárbara Martín Muñoz (ONCE, Spain), EBU Second Vice-President, will say why it is essential to voice the concerns of visually impaired persons at EU level, and tell you of EBU’s advocacy targeting the European Union and some of its main past and present campaigns.
Francesca Sbianchi (UICI, Italy), coordinator of the EBU’s Youth network (EBYouth), will underline areas of work of more direct interest to younger blind and partially sighted persons – namely but not only for students in the framework of Erasmus + programme of the EU – and explain why EBU needs the engagement of young people.

7) How to get my study documents accessible (BORDERLINE and BLIND USERS)

Study documents can be delivered in many different document formats. From perfectly accessible to totally inaccessible for a visually impaired student working with certain accessibility aids. What tools and techniques are available to make your document accessible for reading or editing? We will also exchange the experience of All in this respect.

8) How to overcome the crisis

Everyone certainly experienced some difficult moments in their lives. Encountered obstacles that they could not overcome. It does not matter if you just can not decide which university to choose, you have troubles in relationships or if you are experiencing any other difficult situation in your life.
In this workshop we can share our strategies for crisis managment and you can learn some new techniques, which can be really useful in hard times. Join our workshop and be more prepared for the next life challenges!

9) Including You - Workshop on Inclusivity at Cultural Events for Blind and Partially Sighted Young Adults

In this workshop you bring in your own experiences on how cultural events are accessible for you (e.g. in museums, at concerts and other live events). Together, we would like to think about what you need in order to be able to take part in such cultural events. This also includes the question on what support and inclusive measures already 
exists and how you would evaluate them. With your feedback on the current accessibility status of cultural events we get an overview what already works fine and where improvements are needed.

10) Introduction and the basics of LaTeX, instalation of the software, how to write maths and symbols

Introduction and the basics of LaTeX, installation of the software, how to write maths and symbols.

11) Lets Feel the Streets (SCREEN READER USERS)

Being a visually impaired person poses many challenges. One of these is definitely access to aps. especially on desktop operating systems. To solve this issue, I developed an application which allows browsing OpenStreetMap data accessibly and quite confortably. So, lets go Feel the Streets.

12) Master the social media

Are you an active user of the social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Clubhouse or even a blogger or youtuber? Or are you a beginner who wants to learn more? Do you want to share your experience with the virtual world and discuss it´s advantages, chances or shadows? And did you know that even a visually impaired person can become an influencer nowadays?
In this workshop we are going to share our experience with the social media and with their accessibility from the one side and we are going to learn what advantages they can offer to our community from the other side.
Lastly, you are free to discuss your favorite influencers and who knows – maybe you will start your own influencer career afterwards...

13) OrCam

The goal is to show the Orcam device and explain the way it can help with everyday life.

14) Solving a Riddle in a Team via a Web Platform

An exciting and challenging riddle, which will, among others, need your geographical, criminalistic, and even musical abilities, is offered to be solved in a small team. Know-How in using Office Applications in a webbrowser is an advantage, but not a prerequisite. Do your best to save the world from an attack by Dracula, who came to life again!

15) Streaming 101 – OBS Studio (SCREEN USERS)

Ever wanted to know how YouTube or Twitch streams are made? We will try this by using OBS Studio, the Nr. 1 open-source tool for video recording and live streaming.
What to expect:

  • What hardware / software setup do you need to get started? What the hack is an audio interface? What’s the difference between a condenser and a dynamic microphone? How much light will I need? 
  • OBS 101: What is OBS Studio, and how do I use it – basic setup.
  • Some cool plugins: The functionality of OBS Studio may be extended by plugins.
  • Life Stream: Let us combine what we learned and try making our first stream on YouTube.

16) Studying abroad

Do you wish to get your studies to another level, to an international one? Even if you hesitate, this is an experience you shouldn’t miss! In this workshop you will discover the existing opportunities for studying abroad. In addition, you will learn how to prepare and enjoy this unique experience to the fullest, creating memories of a lifetime!

17) Take the chance and study abroad

Imagine the whole COVID-situation is over and you are free to travel again. Are you a future or current university student and have you ever thought about the possibility to spend a semester or two abroad?
In this workshop you are going to learn about the Erasmus+ program and it´s possibilities for the visually impaired.
We will discuss the program itself and all necessary things to know and do before you go, what to expect, where to find the needed information and how to prepare for your big step. Remember that your visual impairment is no barrier and that the program is maybe more accessible than you think. Have you already experienced your semester abroad? You are also welcome to share your own experiences!

18) The Power of JAWS – Are you already using all of its power and do you know all features and tricks? (SCREEN READER USERS)

JAWS is a very powerful screenreader with many features. Most of the time you only use the things you are used to. But maybe there is more that can help you to be more effective and productive. Let's share all these tips and tricks and become power users!

19) The Last of Us Part 2: A gateway to blind-accessible mainstream videogames

It's already been over a year since the release of the game called The Last of Us Part 2, which came out on June 19, 2020 for the Sony PlayStation 4 videogaming console, and an updated version for the current gen PlayStation 5, released 5 months after the game, is supposedly in the works.
What's so special and unique about this videogame is that it's the first ever mainstream, AAA game in the history of the gaming industry to include a whole slew of various accessibility features and accommodations for tons of disabilities and impairments, including adjustments that make it entirely and independently playable even to a totally blind player, just by sound alone. The introduction of a fully-fledged screen reader to the PlayStation 5 on the platform level complements this historic milestone in such a way that sparks hope, excitement and a very bright outlook ahead when it comes to blind accessible gaming on an equal footing to our sighted counterparts.
If you've ever been interested in videogames, have had a friend or relative to play them with, or to just watch them play and envy them, or if you would just like to take the time now to learn more about the field, why not make use of the opportunity and join me for this one of a kind workshop to explore the new possibilities of accessible gaming that are only just beginning to open up for us.
During the workshop, I'll provide a live demonstration of the game's features and what it feels like when a blind player plays a representative sample of it, and you will be able to share all your questions, comments and observations, and just all around join in on the discussion and have a freakin' good time!

20) This will be the decade of wayfinding systems based on computer vision - find out why, try out the systems and be inspired

The last couple of years we see a shift from beacon related technologies to computer vision based technologies to assist the visually impaired users in their wayfinding.
In this workshop we will present the latest innovative wayfinding systems that use computer vision. We present technologies that are already on the market, like smart digital markers, and also show systems that are currently under development, the augmented reality navigation system called Meye Indoor Way.
The workshop will consist of three parts, beginning with a presentation about wayfinding technology and why there is a shift to more computer vision based systems. In the second part of the workshop we will give examples of how these wayfinding systems can be implemented and we will give ideas on how to use them. In the third part participants can try out the smart digital markers and the augmented reality navigation in their home situation.

21) Working in Windows without Anything (SCREEN READER USERS)

Normally, when you are blind and want to do Microsoft Windows, you will use a screen reader from a third party company - either a tremendously expensive one, or one free of charge. However, as is true for Apple devices for quite a long time, the screen reader built into Windows by Microsoft themselves, called Narrator, becomes better and better with every new Windows version. Did you ever try it out, or did you even dive into its deeper aspects?
This workshop will take you on a relaxed and non-complicated journey into the possibilities offered by Windows itself for you as a blind user. No attempt to persuade you to throw away the solution you are used to, rather, an opportunity to see what's possible without having to download and install anything. And, should you have a Braille display and some willingness to experiment, I can show you how you may use even the Braille device with on-board Windows components.

22) Working with the Pearson Math Editor (BRAILLE USERS)

You will see a tool which lets you read and write mathematical formulae in a convenient way using Braille input and output - for those who are willing to deal with Math even in their leisure time - and, be assured that you will be rewarded with the one or the other experience in the kingdom of positive integers you will enjoy.