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ETNA – the end of a project; the beginning of a solid network

EASPD participated in the European Thematic Network on Assistive information technology (ETNA) project, supported by the European Commission through the ICT Policy Support Programme - Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme. The ETNA network involved 23 European organisations from 13 countries and was coordinated by the Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer of the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation in Italy.

Over a period of three years, ETNA has implemented a European Web Portal which provides information on ICT-based assistive products and e-accessibility solutions available in Europe, as well as on related organisations and services. The ETNA and the ATIS4All networks have jointly been working on the creation of a European Web Portal.

The Portal was released at the end of 2013 and evolved from the current EASTIN system. After the end of the ETNA Project, the ETNA information system – which is currently accessible in test phase from the ETNA website www.etna-project.eu – will disappear as such: it will be taken up by the EASTIN system and will maintain its brand and address www.eastin.eu.

The Portal has been designed to meet the information needs of five categories of stakeholders: end-users (persons with disabilities, their families, and primary caregivers), professionals (in health care, assistance, and education), manufacturers and suppliers, researchers and developers, policy makers.

For more information, please visit the website: www.etna-project.eu or check out the information portal: http://www.eastin.eu/en-GB/searches/products/index.