The article Social media and disability advocacy organizations: caught between hopes and realities by Umeå University’s scholars Gelfgren, Ineland and Cocq, presents a different perspective about the use that advocacy organizations make of social media within the field of disability in Sweden. On one hand, there is a perceived need to be online and communicate with members and the surrounding society. On the other hand, digital communication induces a divide between those who have the resources to take part in such communication, and those who do not – in terms of digital competence, economy, age, cognitive abilities, technical equipment and digital connection.
The project Digital Lublin for people with disabilities closed on December 31st, 2020 after an entire year of services and activities involving people with disabilities living in the Lubelskie Voivodeship.
From February 2020, the Fuga Mundi Foundation started the implementation of the project, co-financed by the European Union under the Operational Program Digital Poland for 2014-2020; Priority Axis No. 3 “Digital competences of society” Measure No. 3.1 “Training activities for the development of digital competences”, the aim of which was to increase the ability to use the Internet and use information and communication technologies (ICT), by 1000 disabled people living in the Lubelskie Voivodeship by implementing a series of trainings in this field.
The addressed users/trainees were 1,000 people with disabilities for whom different training modules were provided depending on their age.
The transnational DREAM ROAD project, co-funded by the Interreg / Danube Transnational Programme of the European Union, involves organizations from 10 countries in the Danube region working together on Roma empowerment and inclusion. The project aims to support the importance not only of education, but also of modernization and digitalization in Roma communities. To this end, the project aims to set up learning laboratories to improve digital knowledge, digital literacy of Roma and establish broad alliances in their implementation. DREAM ROAD will strengthen the capacity of public organizations to better address Roma issues through innovation and dialogue, and will provide Roma communities with knowledge and tools to achieve a lasting impact. The transnational framework will allow the implementation of transferable solutions, tested locally. With activities practically launched at the end of 2020, the project will last 24 months, until July 2022.
The final Medici Conference “Digital Inclusion for All” took place last week. We discussed about good practices, challenges and gaps in Digital Inclusion interventions for socially vulnerable groups. With over 800 participants from 33 countries, the conference was organised around Wokshops, Webinars and Roundables with 34 speakers from 11 countries. If you missed our event you can still check the programme and watch the conference recording here. Enjoy!
ICTskills4All, is aimed to develop and pilot an intergenerational and peer-to-peer ICT Learning Programme to improve confidence, digital skills and online safety of older people with no or basic digital skills in four of the project countries. The EU-funded project has organized an online conference on February 10th to present the achieved results and discuss the challenges of digital inclusion for older people. For more information and registration visit https://all-digital.org/events/ictskills4all/
The “Active +” multiannual programme for the elderly 2021-2025 was launched in December 2020, with the aim of increasing the participation of elderly people in all areas of social life. Managed by the Ministry for Family and Social Policy of the Republic of Poland, the programme will allocate PLN 200 million (approximately 44 million Euro) for initiatives that activate and engage seniors. Non-governmental organizations and other authorized entities acting for the benefit of the elderly will be able to apply for co-financing of their projects.
The programme focuses on four priority areas:
- Social activity, which includes activities aimed at increasing the participation of older people in active forms of spending free time, supporting dependent elderly people and their environment in the place of residence, developing voluntary work of older people in the local environment and increasing the involvement of older people in the labour market.
- Social participation, which contributes to strengthening the self-organization of the elderly environment and increasing the influence of the elderly on decisions concerning the living conditions of citizens.
- Digital inclusion, including activities aimed at increasing the skills of using modern technologies and using new media by older people, as well as disseminating and implementing technological solutions favouring social inclusion and safe functioning of older people.
- Preparation for old age by strengthening lasting intergenerational relations, shaping a positive image of the elderly and increasing the safety of seniors.
The recent months have shown how digitalisation can act as an additional barrier to social inclusion; how a lack of investment in long-term care undermines its quality and universal access; and how lockdown and physical distancing measures can ultimately lead to neglect and elder abuse. The 2020 edition of the AGE Barometer contains key information helping to better understand how COVID-19 has worsened the dire situations many older people already experienced before the pandemic. It is based on information from the AGE Platform member organisations and available EU data.
7 Digital Inclusion Stories submitted by our community members have been moved to the MEDICI Catalogue and Map:
Congratulations by the MEDICI team!
430 women from Brașov and Sibiu counties will benefit for one year from free digital literacy courses, counselling for the development of specific skills, and concrete employment opportunities and tips for opening their own business.
The technical endowment of the Women’s Digital Centres providing the service is made with support from the Orange Group Foundation, and the courses are funded by the Orange Group Foundation and the Orange Romania Foundation. The total value of the initiative amounts to 54,000 EUR.
Launched by the Orange Group Foundation in 2015, the Women’s Digital Centres programme includes 320 centres in 23 countries and has supported over 40,000 women in difficult life situations over time.