Summer School 2015
From July 11th to July 21st, the first AsTeRICS Academy Assistive Technology Summer School took place at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien in Vienna, Austria. It was a great success, we could welcome 30 students from 13 countries like India, Iran, Mongolia, Netherlands, Swiss, Spain, Portugal or Czech Republic. In these days the students benefit from our international guest lecturers Steve Lee (Web Accessibility and Frameworks), Gerhard Nussbaum (Game Accessibility), Daniel Sturmair (AAC Basics and Products), Therese Willkomm (Construction of Low Cost Assistive Tools) and Shadi Abou Zahra (Introduction to Web Accessibility).
Besides the lecturers, leisure-related events like sightseeing (Schönbrunn Palace, Belvedere, Vienna City Walk) were organised and were well received by the participants. Nevertheless, it was a fruitful week and the students worked with motivation on their own practical projects. The students could benefit from the different background of each other and establish new contacts. On this site you can find the module description and the folder of the Vienna Summer School for Assistive Technology 2015 as well as some testimonials from students which participated in 2015.
'The AsTeRICS Academy Summer School in Vienna was an amazing experience to me. I got to discover the wonderful city by attending the fun cultural activities and learned exciting new things in interesting lectures on assistive technology. These were given by inspiring lecturers from all over the world. All was organised well by the very enthousiastic team. Meeting fellow students from different countries, with whom I had a great time, both during and even after the summer school, also truly widened my horizon!' - Rebecca, Summer School student 2015
'The AsTeRICS Academy summer school was a whole new experience to me, I learnt about a new field of investigation I was complete unaware. I enjoyed every single minute with the staff and the other students. I totally recommend this great oportunity.' - Diego, Summer School student 2015
'Being a part of this summer school was an incredible experience for me in so many different ways: I met people from all over the world (including teachers) and from different study areas and on top of that this summer school helped me to decide what I wanted to study: I'm starting my master in Rehabilitation Engineering and human accessibility. Don't miss the opportunity of being a part of this Assistive Technology Summer School in 2016.' - Eugenia, Summer School student 2015
'This summer school taught me, how I can increase quality of disabled people's life with basic steps in my future projects and I believe that everyone should learn this. As an undergraduate student it also gave me a thought about what I want to do in my graduation project and my master studies. On the other hand, I met with amazing people - which I believe really developed my perspective and I had awesome time with them. Lastly, it was an amazing chance to discover the gorgeous city Vienna.' - Ilayda, Summer School student 2015
'Being a part of the Vienna summer school for Assistive Technology has been a wonderful learning experience. The interactivity of the classes combined with the enthusiasm from the teachers and students resulted in fun and practical way of getting to know more about assistive technology. Moreover, due to the fact that the students come from many different countries and are specialized in different areas of knowledge, the experience is also enriching in a global kind of way. Don't hesitate to apply for a great experience in an incredible city which will welcome you into the world of Assistive Technology!' - Alvaro, Summer School student 2015