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Friday 18 September

13:30 – 16:30

Central Dublin (venue to be announced)

Guest speaker – Marian Harkin MEP

NCBI and the European DICE project (Digital Inclusion Champions in Europe) would like to invite you to contribute to this event.

Registration essential. Click here to register.

If you are not free to participate, please share this invite with a colleague or representative.

About the Seminar

The seminar will showcase DigiPlace4all (www.digiplace4all.eu), an online peer support community for people with disabilities developing digital skills for accessing education and employment, developed by the DICE project in Ireland, Belgium, Poland and Bulgaria. We will demonstrate how EU funding can help NGOs collaborate within Ireland and across Europe on dynamic initiatives like this.

Through presentations and group dialogue, attendees will explore and discuss issues around access to further education and employment, the role of peer support, the use of online communities, sustainability, stakeholder collaboration, public policy and funding.

Who will attend?

The event will be attended by disability advocates, educators, employers, public policy advisers and DigiPlace4all community members.

About DigiPlace4all

DigiPlace4all peer support communities are now active in four countries – Ireland, Belgium, Bulgaria and Poland – and extension to other European member states is planned. They provide a way for people with disabilities to request and offer support from their peers in developing the digital skills needed to transition from VET training to mainstream education and employment. They also provide functionality for sharing information on technology and accessibility and are open to educators and employers who wish to make their learning environments and workplaces inclusive.

The development of this new online community is a real success story that shows the power of collaboration, not only across Europe but also within our own country. NCBI has been able to pull together a network of supporters and “DigiPlace4all Champions” among key Irish disability organisations such as Enable Ireland, AHEAD, the Disability Federation of Ireland, Dyslexia Association, DeafHear and many more. The collaboration with these Champions is helping us to grow the community into the future.

Register

Please register for the event. Click here to register.

During the EU Conference on “Innovation for Digital Inclusion”, in Gdańsk, Poland on 5-7 October 2011, which was devoted to the innovative usage of solutions based on information and communication technologies (ICT) and its importance in the process of e-Inclusion in Europe, following themes were addressed:

  • new developments of ICT in public inclusive services
  • models of e-inclusion of digitally excluded Europeans, introducing them to wider social and cultural life, and increasing career opportunities on today’s digitally driven market
  • effective models of independent living and security of the elderly, based on innovative and economically feasible e-care and e-health solutions
  • overview of the most innovative national and regional e-inclusion programmes, and initiatives, as tools for the implementation of the Digital Agenda for Europe
  • importance of the e-Inclusion policy to the delivery of the Digital Agenda for Europe.

The conference ended up with the adoption of a document stressing the priority actions that should be taken by the EU in the immediate future to improve digital literacy and inclusion of all EU citizens – “Gdansk Roadmap for Digital Inclusion”.
To read more and view the presentations, visit the conference website.

The roadmap is a collaborative text from and for digital Inclusion practitioners across Europe. It aims to gather concrete solutions to common problems; show what eInclusion practitioner are already doing; mobilise support and tools from relevant decision makers and sectors. It is planned that the contributors with the most concrete inputs will be invited to present the most important issues from the Roadmap to Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for the digital agenda. The Roadmap will be discussed and adopted by the delegates of the Gdansk conference on Innovation for Digital Inclusion, 5-7 October 2011 (you can still register to the conference!).
The draft roadmap is expecting contributions before Wednesday September 28, 2011.
The roadmap draws on stakeholder expertise and is interested also in your contribution. Below you will find the federated collaborative approach to policy consultation.

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 Middlesex University is now recruiting students for the MSc or PG Dip Digital Inclusion. Modules: Fundamentals of Digital Inclusion; Design for All Regulation, Legislation & Standards; Accessible Web Design; Inclusive Design & User Experience; Digital Inclusion Thesis (MSc only). For each module you will attend an intensive one-week face to face teaching followed by eLearning tasks and activities. You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and presentations. The final module (for MSc students only) is a Digital Inclusion Thesis. Curriculum development: The Middlesex University Design for All Research Group (DfA-RG) led the development of curriculum guidelines on Design for All in ICT which was supported by the Design for All at eInclusion (DFAEI) project. This research project is funded by the European Framework Programme for research and involves 23 partners across Europe.
For more information, contact the programme leader (Gill Whitney).