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Course graduates can expect to be able to contribute to the challenges of delivering realistic solutions which meet the needs of older and disabled people and others who are at risk of digital exclusion. The course is relevant for academics and industrialists from Europe and worldwide.

Teaching and learning
The course is taught part time in a modular format over two years. For each module you must attend the intensive on campus teaching week followed by 10 or 11 weeks of eLearning.

Modules
– Fundamentals of Digital Inclusion
– Design for All regulation, legislation & standards
– Inclusive design & user experience
– Accessible web design
– Digital Inclusion thesis

Students successfully completing all 5 modules will be awarded MSc Digital Inclusion, students successfully completing the first four modules only (excluding the thesis) will be awarded PGDip

Starting September 2009 – 2010
– Module One – Fundamentals of Digital Inclusion
On Campus Teaching – Monday 28th Sept to Friday 2nd October 2009
– Module Two – Design for All, regulation, legislation and standardisation
On Campus Teaching – Monday 11th January to Friday 15th January 2010

Admission requirements
Either: a good honours degree in a relevant discipline including: computing, information sciences, web design, product design as well humanities, or you can show relevant work experience having worked in the area for three years or more.

For more information:
Please contact the programme leader (Gill Whitney): g.whitney@mdx.ac.uk or telephone 07905 622471
See www.mdx.ac.uk/digitalinclusion for further details, fees, application forms, etc.

The project ENEVA proposes a thematic action in the field of LLL initiatives toward persons with disabilities. It provides a valorisation of the results achieved in the framework of EU LLL programmes (Leonardo da Vinci, Socrates) by means of a strategy aimed to contact most important stakeholders involved in the integration processes at regional/national and European level. This strategy consists in promoting the results about the specific issue organising a kind of “logical framework” to help researchers as well as decision makers to analyse and compare solutions, experiences, methods and proposals.

Basically this work will be accessible via a devoted portal, conceived as a support service linked to the Commission databases: the aim is to gather well documented results (original documents, final reports..) in order to let them explored and exploited by the stakeholders. The stakeholders (main target group of this project) are intended in a largest meaning of this term: cause the innovation presented by each project would influence in a wide sense the social relationships around the person with disability, his/her expectations, the quality of the services and all the type of “barriers” each person is facing to participate to the society.
More information can be found on the project website.

A European (Valorisation) Conference entitled “A Job Environment for All” will take place on 25 September, 2009 in Brussels, Belgium. A whole range of projects will present its outcomes, most in direct relationship to the increased employability of people with disabilities. The conference will take place at POLIS, Rue du Trône 98, in Brussels (easily reachable via the metro – station “Troon / Trône”) from 9.30 till 14.30. It is organised with the financial support of the Leonardo da Vinci programme of the EC.

Registration is now open via http://www.phoenixkm.eu/registration.php.

The aim of this project has been to provide access to professional training, and improve disabled peoples’ opportunities for professional employment. It was aimed to be reached by developing a preparation for social work course delivered through a blended training and mentoring support programme, and to test this across three European countries with the intention of identifying cross-national applications for such a programme. It has developed a model of mentoring that involves recruiting disabled people as mentors.

The project has built networks in the sector in each partner country which bring together providers of training, users of training (both employers and potential employees), sector advisory and accreditation bodies, through which the programme can be more widely applied. Furthermore, partnership arrangements were developed with institutions in other European countries to further develop the trans-national element of the project.

The project final results are a curriculum designed to be an ‘inclusive’ preparation for professional social work training. The curriculum is a modular, using a blended learning approach, and designed to be studied prior to any social work/social care training. It can therefore be incorporated into the Widening Participation and recruitment strategy of training providers without making any significant changes to their usual mode of operation. Furthermore, it could be used by associate, or feeder, colleges of social work training providers in support of mainstream teaching, such as the network of colleges working with De Montfort University.

More information can be found on project website

The main aim of the ETTAD project is to Enable Teachers and Trainers to improve the accessibility of Adult Education for people with disabilities.

The project will produce a web-based resource for teachers and trainers that will identify potential challenges that disabled learners might experience in engaging with their courses. The resource will also offer strategies and recommendations for adjustments to practice. Such strategies/more inclusive practices that will enable disabled learners to overcome these challenges and this will allow them to participate more fully in adult education.

For the purposes of the project, adult education is defined as non-vocational learning which may lead to enhanced employability but focuses on learning for personal, civic and social purposes. Adults are those aged 25 and over who have completed/left initial education and training.

The web resource will be undergoing a period of testing and review in the coming months and will go live in May 2009.

This project (134653-LLP-1-2007-UK-GRUNDTVIG-GMP) has been partially funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] 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.

More information can be found on the project website.