ENTELIS – European Network for Technology Enhanced Learning in an Inclusive Society
What are the goals of ENTELIS?
9 partners from across the EU and one organization from the USA including several large European umbrella organizations as well as a number of national organizations, all providing a range of expertise on opportunities for people with disabilities and assistive technology, have joint tothe ENTELIS-network.. They aim to bridge the digital divide – in Europe and worldwide, by encouraging the education for digital competences (effective use of information- and communication technology and assistive technology) for empowerment and for the autonomy of people with disabilities in all ages.
A new network to bridge the digital divide
Rapid advances in information and communication technologies are changing lifestyles across the globe, creating new opportunities for many people. However, people with disabilities and the elderly experience difficulties fully engaging with technology, and therefore are prevented from enjoying its benefits – this knowledge gap has to be reduced for political, social and economic reasons. Educating people about the benefits of Assistive Technology (AT) is central to addressing this problem, and creating the inclusive society demanded by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
In this context AT refers to any electronic device that enhances independence for people with disabilities. These assistive solutions are gateways to further learning, skills development, employment and the fulfilment of rights. Equally important is addressing the lack of wider digital competence amongst all citizens; investment in learning opportunities and training programmes will combat this, and increase participation in the information and communication society.
A network is needed to share these ideas, and will be used to overcome fragmentation in policies and practices, gearing the efforts of many towards common goals; this network will be embedded in existing umbrella organisations in order to reach the largest audience.
What are the activities?
- Research, including living labs and the active participation of end users
- Seminars and other knowledge sharing events
- Project development workshops
- Policy development—foresight studies—roadmaps
A sustainable network for knowledge exchange, and to support policy development will be created, regarding:
- ICT and ICT-AT learning of people with disabilities;
- The role of ICT and ICT-AT in educational processes that involve people with disabilities
Who are the stakeholders?
- People with disabilities of all ages and their carers
- Formal, informal and non formal education providers
- Assistive technology providers
- Service providers
- The research community
- International organisations
Happy to get involved?
If you feel like you can contribute to this network, please don’t hesitate to contact us, or visit www.entelis.net
Only together can we bridge the digital divide!
The Project Partners:
www.aaate.net AAATE – Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe
www.easpd.eu EASPD – European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities
www.evbb.eu EVBB – Europäischer Verband Beruflicher Bildungsträger / European Associationof Institutes forVocational Training
www.aiasbo.it AIAS Provincia di Bologna Onlus— co-ordinator
www.fedvol.ie National Federation of Voluntary Bodies, Dublin
www.samk.fi SAMK – Satakunta University of Applied Science www.euc.ac.cy European University Cyprus
www.openthewindows.org Open the Windows
www.hft.org HF Trust Limited
www.matchingpersonandtechnology.com Matching Person and Technology
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.