Towards full digital inclusion: the ENTELIS manifesto against the digital divide

Katerina Mavrou (Department of Education, European University Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus)
Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf (Projects and Innovation, AIAS Bologna Onlus, Bologna, Italy)

Journal of Assistive Technologies

ISSN: 1754-9450

Publication date: 19 September 2016

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present the work of the European Network for Technology Enhanced Learning in an Inclusive Society project, which addresses the challenges of the digital divide for people with disabilities of all ages.

Design/methodology/approach

The project employs a number of activities and approaches which involve people with disabilities and other stakeholders, in order collect scientific knowledge, views, suggestions and experiences that will help in bridging the digital divide. These include literature review and qualitative methodologies of data collection, such as interviews with stakeholders, focus groups and living labs.

Findings

The benefits of (assistive) technology in the lives of people with disabilities are highly appreciated. However, a number of barriers, including lack of digital skills are identified. Thus the development of (assistive) technology competencies programmes is suggested. In addition, there is evidence of the need to further involve all stakeholders and increase awareness.

Social implications

The most important implication of the project is the production of the manifesto against the digital divide. With this document the project consortium justifies for action on raising awareness regarding the rights of persons with disabilities of all ages to be digitally included.

Originality/value

The value of the project lies upon the publication of the manifesto against the digital divide, which has already been endorsed by a number of organisations in Europe and elsewhere, with the aspiration of influencing policy makers and practitioners to collaborate in order to bridge the digital divide.

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Acknowledgements

The ENTELIS project has been funded with support from the European Commission (Grant Agreement 213-4195/001-001). This publication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Citation

Mavrou, K. and Hoogerwerf, E. (2016), "Towards full digital inclusion: the ENTELIS manifesto against the digital divide", Journal of Assistive Technologies, Vol. 10 No. 3, pp. 171-174. https://doi.org/10.1108/JAT-03-2016-0010

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