Research Center for Inclusive Digital Design & Engineering

Inclusive Digital Design and Engineering students presenting a project

Digital tools have become an indispensable part of our lives today. They influence the way we work, learn, travel and shop. And they are developing at lightning speed. But what if you can’t take part in the digital society or have trouble doing so because of a visual impairment?

The Inclusive Digital Design & Engineering Research Group aims to ensure that new media applications and technological applications become accessible to people with a visual impairment. So that everyone can participate in our modern, digital society.

Reaching this goal requires time and attention. Time and attention for the individual citizens with a disability, so they can get the support they need to effectively use all these digital tools. Time and attention for companies to develop accessible digital products, so that everyone can use them without hitches. Time and attention for public authorities and institutions, so that all citizens, including those with a for people with a visual impairment or other disability, can properly access their services. Ensuring that everyone has access to education and health care.

Our mission

The research group conducts practice-based research in order to contribute to knowledge development and innovation in the area of digital accessibility, both nationally and internationally. Sharing knowledge and developing a network are other points of focus. Our mission is to reduce the social inequality of people with disabilities and to strengthen the autonomy of people with a for people with a visual impairment or other disability.


Student presenting his project for Inclusive digital design

Partnership with research group

The Inclusive Digital Design & Engineering Research Group was initiated by HAN and Bartiméus, the expertise organization for the blind or visually impaired. Together with the Bartiméus Fonds, which funds the research, they aspire to broaden the digital accessibility within education, research and the professional field.

  • Applied Research

    The research group aims to conduct practice-based research that contributes to knowledge development and innovation in the area of digital accessibility. We do this in the form of projects, internships and research assignments.

  • Our knowledge

    As a research group, we believe it is important to share our knowledge. This way we deliver a structural contribution to education and educational development. We are pleased to share the results of studies and projects.


Eric Velleman

Eric Velleman (1960) is a passionate researcher and has built a large international network in the field of inclusive digital design & engineering. His research on the implementation of digital accessibility at Dutch municipalities earned him a PhD from the University of Twente in 2018. Velleman has also conducted multiple studies on the digital accessibility of sectors like the Dutch government, the business world and healthcare. These studies, conducted for the Ministry of the Interior, the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights and interest groups, have been a topic of discussion in the Dutch House of Representatives and in national media.

Alongside his position as professor by special appointment, Eric Velleman is scientific advisor at Stichting Accessibility and accessibility innovation specialist at Bartiméus, the expertise organization for the visually impaired or blind.

Portrait of Eric Velleman
School of

IT and Media Design

The School of IT and Media Design is building a dynamic and innovative learning environment. Students and lecturers work side by side with researchers and professional practice. Everything revolves around designing, developing and experimenting. We inspire each other with IT and multimedia applications.

Students of the school of it and mediadesign working in teams