#digitalrevolution: Support the Entelis Manifesto!
On the 12th and 13th of November 2015, The National Federation of voluntary Bodies Providing Services to People with Intellectual Disabilities hosted an Entelis seminar in Dublin, Ireland. Over these 2 days, the Entelis partnership finalized and launched the Entelis Manifesto.
The Manifesto is a powerful document that aims at raising awareness regarding the digital divide that sees people with disabilities at risk of not fully grasping the benefits of the digital revolution. The document is now online and it is possible for organisations, civil society, developers, academia and individuals alike to endorse it and to get inspired. All involved stakeholders can visit the project’s website (http://www.entelis.net/en/manifesto), download and read the document and choose to endorse it by accessing the form. Then they will need to write down 5 priority actions they would undertake or recommend either within their own organization, or at local or national level.
This important document calls for positive action among policy makers, educators, researchers, communities, etc. The Manifesto highlights that every single individual and organisation can contribute to reduce and ultimately close the digital divide.
People are encouraged to share the Manifesto or organize meetings to discuss its content and to develop some collaborative actions. Another way to show the support is by joining the Entelis network and sharing expertise and experience.
European Network for Technology Enhanced Learning in an Inclusive Society (Entelis) is a 3 years European project that addresses the digital divide by strengthening collaboration and knowledge provision in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and ICT Assistive Technologies (ICT AT) education across Europe. Ten partners from 10 countries are involved in the project. The consortium collects, describes and assesses good practices in ICT and ICT AT skills development of people with disabilities across Europe. Based on this, the aim is to identify the barriers for progress in the fight to reduce the digital divide, to design roadmaps for future priorities and actions, including recommendations for the development of innovative education and lifelong learning programmes on ICT and AT.
For more details and to download the Manifesto, please click here.
Note to editors
The European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities is a non-profit European umbrella organization, established in 1996, and currently representing over 11.000 social and health services for persons with disabilities. EASPD advocates effective and high-quality disability-related services in the field of education, employment and individualized support, in line with the UN CRPD principles, which could bring benefits not only to persons with disabilities, but to society as a whole.
Sonia Staskowiak, Project and Liaison Officer / T. +32 2 282 46 17