Klaus Höckner is CEO of the Hilfsgemeinschaft der Blinden und Sehschwachen/Access Austria , based in Vienna. With more than 7000 members and about 70 employees it is the leading privately funded organisation helping visually impaired persons in Austria, existing since 1935. He is member of the board of the Austrian Disablity Forum – the Austrian umbrella for organisations for persons with disabilities, representing more the 80 organisations with 1,4 million members, in IAAPs Global Leadership Council and in several conference boards (ICCHP, AAATE). He works together with Access Israel and Zero Project, acting as an Ambassador in this world wide-initiative. Klaus has an ICT background, working for nearly 20 years in ICT and standardisation in the context of european (i.e. in the European Disability Forum EDF) and inter/national level (CEN, CENELEC/ISO/ITU). From 2018 to 2020 he was a member of the High Level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence at the European Commission. Recently he was selected as Expert of the Accessible EU platform. His mission is to make the world accessible for all.
With more than 7000 members and about 70 employees it is the leading privately funded organisation helping visually impaired persons in Austria, existing since 1935
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Speaker sessions (4)
Wednesday, 21 February 2024
14:00 - 16:30
Let’s talk: Innovation! In cooperation with the Vienna Business Agency and co-financed by the European Union
Selected international startups take part in the Discover Vienna: Zero Barriers 2024 program – a unique opportunity to explore Vienna’s impact-driven ecosystem. In this interactive Session, you will engage in inspiring discussions with participants.
17:00 - 20:30
Join this engaging evening reception to learn from common mistakes and innovative solutions that seek to enable the EAA and elevate the CRPD and its impact for the European common market.
Thursday, 22 February 2024
10:00 - 12:00
14:10 - 15:10
In this Session, participants delve into ICT for the visually impaired: from accessible devices in low-income areas to rapid Braille conversion of textbooks.