Includ-ed, the European network on inclusive education and disability, featured the ViPi project this week in their 7th incluD-ed newsletter.
Seminar ‘Supporting the development of digital skills of persons with disabilities of all ages – Policies, strategies and tools’
First announcement ENTELIS SEMINAR: Supporting the development of digital skills of persons with disabilities of all ages – Policies, strategies and tools
26-27 November 2014 – Bologna Italy
The digital divide is a fact. Many people with disabilities do not participate, or experience difficulties in fully participating, in the digital society. There are many factors that contribute to this situation, ranging from environmental factors (physical and cultural barriers) to person-related factors, such as lack of training or unfamiliarity with technology. The ENTELIS network aims to reduce the digital divide by fostering exchange of information and good practice, by networking all relevant stakeholders and by contributing to policy development. The seminar will address the entire range of factors within a holistic perspective. However, in investigating possible solutions, it will particularly focus on person-related factors: it will explore how actions and measures aimed at the person’s empowerment and digital skills development can improve participation and freedom of choice in the digital society.
The pre-Seminar event (Wednesday 26 afternoon) will be targeted to the public-at-large, including policy-makers, journalists, non-governmental organisations, self-advocacy groups. Participation is free of charge. Registration is encouraged.
The Seminar (Thursday 27, full day) will be mainly targeted to education and rehabilitation professionals, service providers, researchers and experts in information technology and assistive technology. It will include keynote speeches, selected contributions from the participants and parallel working groups. It will be organised in such a way to promote the maximum amount of information exchange, reciprocal learning, networking and project incubation.
Fee: 150 Euro. Free of charge for ENTELIS partners and for members of AAATE, EASPD and EVBB. Registration is required.
Call for presentations (abstracts), programme and registration information: www.entelis.net
The seminar is held in the framework of the thematic event: (Assistive) technology as a Human Rights Enabler Bologna 26-29 November 2014
ViPi is being presented by PhoenixKM at the Plovdiv International Disability Fair (Bulgaria) from 20-24 March 2014. This event is organised by the European commission and the Federation of Employers.
The CAVA 2014 conference (VI International Conference of Adaptive and Accessible Virtual Learning Environment CAVA 2014, Promoting an Inclusive Learning Culture) renews its goal of being the most important Latin American forum in which scientists, professionals and students exchange ideas and share their research results in the domain of Inclusive and Adaptive. ViPi project coordinator Karel Van Isacker will present ViPi outcomes in his presentation “Inclusion in Europe: a holistic view on the many affected domains to support integration and employability; the Belgian case study”. It will address in a holistic manner how people with disabilities are integrated into society in Europe, in terms of acquiring the needed (basic) ICT and ICT-based AT skills but also in terms of social competences. This will be presented with special focus on Belgium, and how this integration is achieved by using e.g. desktop and mobile based games.
Next week sees the Hour of Code concept arrive in British schools. Imported from across the Atlantic, the Hour of Code aims to show children “how fun coding is in just one hour”, so that Britain has a future generation capable of programming more than the timer on a microwave oven.
Whilst the ukcode.org website claims that more than a million students in the UK have already tried the Hour of Code, some (perhaps, most) schools will inevitably be unprepared, so here’s how parents, teachers or indeed anyone can get started in programming.
ViPi will be present(ed) at following forthcoming events in 2014:
- 15-17 January 2014, The North of England Education Conference – Nottingham, UK Education: Innovation, Creativity, Employability
- 14-17 March 2014, 14th KEM International Franchise exhibition, The Mediterranean Exhibition Centre «M.E.C.». The exhibition includes Education & Training sector.
- 27-29 August 2014: CAVA 2014, Sixth International Conference of Accessible and Adaptive Virtual Learning Environments, Cordoba, Colombia: presentation project
- September 2014: T-EST final project event, dissemination leaflets, etc., Izmir (Turkey)
- 9-10 October 2014: 8th European Conference on Games Based Learning, Berlin, Germany: presentation project
- 16 – 17 October 2014: ITAG14: Interactive Technologies and Games – Education, Health and Disability, The Council House, Nottingham: presentation project
ViPi will have a dedicated booth at North of England Education Conference – 2014 (NEEC2014) in Nottingham, UK at the Nottingham Conference Centre on 15/01/2014.