About us

Partners were selected in order to address the two concurring aspects of the project:

  • the need of understanding and meeting the requirements of users
  • and the availability of the technology necessary to fulfill them.

Each partner is involved in the areas of research and development of composite parts which greatly reduces the cost and leverages the resources of the project towards creation of a framework and sample tools using that framework.

"I'm the project manager from Dart in Sweden and it's my responsibility to coordinate Dart's deliverables and other contributions to the project. In addition to contributing to the user testing in the project, we are also responsible for the work package that deals with ethics. As a researcher at Dart, I know how important it is to create solutions that are accessible to everyone, and Easy Reading is a huge and important step in that direction! It combines a lot of research we have done in other projects during the years and it's great to see it all come together to form useable applications."
Sandra Derbring
Dart, Sweden
" In Easy Reading, peer-researchers are working together with researchers and developers. As an occupational therapist and researcher, I work together with peer-researchers in Sweden. We are responsible for user testing in Sweden. We are also responsible for the work package about Ethics, Safety, Privacy and Security. "
Eva Holmqvist
Dart, Sweden
" I’m the project manager from Funka in this interesting and important project. As always, Funka's effort in each unit of work is the perspective on behalf of all different types of end users and their needs. It´s my responsibility to coordinate and manage Funka's deliverables and work within the project "
Anders Beinhoff
Funka, Sweden
" As a ux-designer I'm working with the user experience, their interfaces and flows within a project like this. I'm a big fan of usertesting. There is no better way than to listen to the user's needs before analyzing and designing. This project is really spot on for me. I think we are on to something big. "
Linus Erson
Funka, Sweden
" I'm a senior backend developer at Funka. My responsibility is to take the lead in the implementations and to ensure that our end solution is meeting our own guidelines. As in this project, being one of many people working together to make the world more accessible is fantastic"
Henrik Juhlin
Funka, Sweden
" My role is to ensure that Funka's deliverables follow our own accessibility recommendations and guidelines. With my 19 years of experience as a consulting accessibility expert at Funka, I also try to support the Easy Reading project with my knowledge and the best practices in the work we do together in the different work packages. My favourite quote? There is no such thing as an average users. "
Johan Kling
Funka, Sweden
" Easy Reading offers many different tools to help users understand digital information. To offer help only when it is actually needed, we track the users behaviour and try to determine elevated cognitive load. As a computer scientist, my job is to seek workable solutions in this regard."
Stefan Parker
" I work as a social research associate at Easy Reading. My involvement in the project is often at the exciting interface between peer research and technology. The particular challenge thereby is to find out what causes difficulties for peer researchers on the Internet and where barriers exist. In research tandem (research associate and peer researcher) we then pass on our results to the developers. This must be done in a way that is suitable and understandable for everyone. User tests are then used to test whether everything has been understood and implemented correctly or whether there is room for improvement. I like working with people from all over Europe who come from a wide variety of backgrounds. We all work "at eye level" and have a common goal: to reduce barriers on the Internet."
Sylvia Wolkerstorfer
"As a pedagogical employee in Ambulant Assisted Living and an expert in plain language, I know about the special communicative needs of people with intellectual disabilities. At PIKSL I support the peer researchers in all matters. Due to my previous experience in the IT industry, I know both the technical and the peer researcher's point of view and act as a link between the developer and peer research team. I think this is particularly exciting."
Katja Bieker
"As a curative educator, I support the peer researchers at our weekly meetings in the PIKSL laboratory in Duesseldorf. I take pictures and videos to document our work in the research project and for dissemination."
Tim Neumann
"My professional background has been in science for the last five years before I started working at PIKSL in 2017. Now I can combine science and research with the perspective of End Users with so called cognitive disabilities. I enjoy supporting the Peer Researchers at PIKSL and making it possible for them to take part in an Inclusive Participatory Research Project."
Nadja Zaynel
" What I like about Easy Reading is that people from very different backgrounds are working together: Software developers and educators, Peer Researchers and scientists - everyone with the goal of making the Internet more accessible. "
Ingo Bosse
TU Dortmund
" To develop easy-to-use software in the Easy Reading project, peer researchers and developers have to work together very well. As a rehabilitation technologist, I am responsible for an appropriate and meaningful exchange between developers and peer researchers. As a scientist, I am responsible for the scientific dissemination and exploitation of the project results. "
Susanne Dirks
TU Dortmund
" Easy Reading is an inclusive project in research and development R&D. As an expert in new learning technologies and scientist for educational research, I developed IPAR-UCD, a research concept for inklusive R&D, so that peer researchers can work well with their co-researchers and developers. In this project the concept is used for the first time and at the same time further adapted with the peer researchers and co-researchers (supporters). On the one hand, I am responsible for the coordination between peers and developers and on the other hand, for the design-oriented implementation of the handbook for inclusive R&D. "
Cordula Edler
TU Dortmund
" As a research assistant I work in the field of public relations and dissemination of the Easy Reading project results. I think it is very important that all information about the project is accessible to everyone. "
Inga Gebert
TU Dortmund
" At Texthelp we provide easy to use, and useful software tools for people with dyslexia, people learning or working in a second language - or just learning read. I’m interested in new technologies, and where those new technologies may intersect with the classroom and workplace. With my working experiences and my interests in Machine Learning, Computer Vision, IOT, Sensors, Scalable Computing and Information Security, I’m helping to develop an Easy Reading Software that is accessible for everyone. "
Martin McKey
"To maximize impact and sustainable contribution to the community, key results from Easy Reading project are integrated into the guidance and standardization from W3C. Together with Steve Lee, we are responsible for this transfer and integration. As the W3C Accessibility Strategy and Technology Specialist, I'm responsible for coordinating efforts between the project and W3C activities"
Shadi Abou-Zahra
"I'm W3C staff developing W3C resources on accessibility for people with cognitive and learning disabilities. These resources include guidance documents, the W3C WAI website and potential success criteria of WCAG 2.2 onwards. They are developed through a multi-stakeholder consensus processes involving experts in user requirements and technical developments. I lead integration of learnings from the project into the development of W3C standardization and guidance, to contribute to a broader impact."
Steve Lee
Square puzzle with 9 puzzle pieces. In Each piece is the name of one project partner.