4117d288-0cf5-11ee-87dc-02565807075b beeld uitnodiging installatie Eric Velleman

On Wednesday 25 May 2022, Eric Velleman will be installed as professor of Inclusive Digital Design & Engineering. The title of his inaugural lecture is: Accessibility Agents and the future of Inclusive Digital Design and Engineering

Is Artificial Intelligence a threat or an opportunity for persons with disabilities? What if your support robot has a disability? And, what is a disability? Eric will address the terminology-soup around inclusive design, disabilities and technologies. Inclusive digital design and engineering seems simple, it is written in the law! But it is actually a complex and sometimes disruptive multidimensional challenge with many dependencies, competitors, stakeholders and technologies.  

Eric will present the subjects that make persons with disabilities worry about participation in the future of media and technology. The same subjects he will try to address with all stakeholders in his research group on Inclusive Digital Design & Engineering in the next years. 

Besides the lecture, there will be presentations related to next generation technology, web accessibility implementation and current and future EU accessibility measures.

The meeting will be held at HAN Campus Arnhem, but there is also the possiblity to attend online. The meeting will be subtitled in English.



  • 14:00 – 14:30: Welcome with coffee and tea
  • 14:30 – 14:40: Welcome by Astrid Hoge, Dean of the School of IT and Media Design, HAN
  • 14:40 – 15:00: Lecture by Raph de Rooij, Senior policy officer at the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations. Working on digital inclusion, user-centricity of websites and apps and web accessibility (including the EU Web Accessibility Directive)
  • 15:00 – 15:20: Lecture by Ruben Brave, Chair of ISOC, founder of Entelligence for pre-seed funding, (valorisation)mentoring and coaching for start-ups. Board member at various impactful tech or media related organizations, such as Social Economic Council (SER)
  • 15:20 – 15:40: Lecture by Ima Placencia Porrero, Senior Expert in Disability and Inclusion at Directorate-General Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion at the European Commission
  • 15:40 – 16:00: Short break (Students showcase their work for IDD&E)
  • 16:00 – 16:10: Installation Eric Velleman by Yvonne de Haan, Vice President Executive Board HAN 
  • 16:10 – 16:55: Inaugural lecture by Eric Velleman, Inclusive Digital Design & Engineering
  • 16:55: Closing and time for drinks
Professor of Applied Sciences 

Eric Velleman

Eric Velleman (1960) is a passionate researcher and has built up a large international network in the field of inclusive digital design & engineering over the past 20 years. He obtained his doctorate in 2018 on research into the implementation of digital accessibility within Dutch municipalities and obtained his doctorate on this subject at the University of Twente. Velleman has conducted several studies into digital accessibility of, among others, the Dutch government, the business community and healthcare. These projects, commissioned by the Ministry of the Interior, the Institute of Human Rights and interest groups, among others, were discussed in the House of Representatives and in national media.

In addition to his position as a professor, Eric Velleman is scientific advisor at the Accessibility Foundation and innovation expert at Bartiméus, a nationwide expertise organisation that supports blind and partially sighted people. 

Research group 

Inclusive Digital Design & Engineering

With practice-oriented research, the research group wants to contribute to knowledge development and innovation in the field of digital accessibility, both nationally and internationally. At the IDD&E Research Group, we are developing and sharing knowledge about accessibility of new media and technology applications. We do this together with lecturers, students, innovative partners (national and international) and with people with disabilities themselves.

Our mission:

  • Support public and private sector organizations.
  • Reduce social inequality of people with disabilities.
  • Strengthen self-management for people with a (visual) disability.

The IDD&E Research Group is made possible by expertise organisation Bartiméus and the Bartiméus Foundation.