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The European Commission has established the e-Inclusion Awards to raise awareness, encourage participation and recognise excellence and good practice in using ICT and digital technology to tackle social and digital exclusion across Europe. The scheme ran for the first time in 2008. The 2012 eInclusion awards will underline the work done by intermediaries and encourage the dissemination of good training practices in the special award category “we are the champions”. The other award category is “I am digitally driven” and will highlight the impact of digital skills on life prospects, with special focus on employability, re-skilling, visible improvement in socio economic situation of groups at risk of exclusion). Method of participation to the call will be submission of audiovisual material. Key criteria for selection will be: 1) demonstrated positive impact of the initiatives presented on individuals’ employability and wellbeing; 2) creativity and quality of the material submitted in support of the entry. The story told should inspire and encourage other organisations and individuals to take part in e-inclusion initiatives.
More information.

On Saturday 15th May 2010 (1pm to 5pm); the Digital Inclusion information and recruitment event will be organised at Middlesex University, Hendon Campus, UK. Attendance is free.
The program will include:

  • How can we help to maximise accessibility to mainstream products? The `Raising the Floor Initiative’ is an international challenge which aims to put the Web within reach of all those with disability, literacy, or aging related barriers, regardless of their economic status. What is the UK response?
  • A taster session from the MSc/PGDip Digital Inclusion.
  • An opportunity to network with other Digital Inclusion Professionals.
  • The chance to meet the MSc/PGDip Digital Inclusion teaching staff.

Please email G.Whitney@mdx.ac.uk to confirm a place
For further details of other events and more information about the MSc Digital Inclusion: see http://ksuzette.wordpress.com/.

On Thursday 1st July and Friday 2nd July 2010 (10am to 5pm), Middlesex University (Trent Park Campus) also organises the “Teaching Design for All in ICT Summer School” course (cost: £175). This course will help academic educators to develop awareness of the social and ethical issues of designing accessible information services and technologies. It will include practical exercises which can be embedded into the curriculum for HE and FE students in computing, web design, engineering, design and assistive technologies.
Please email G.Whitney@mdx.ac.uk to confirm a place

Finally, Middlesex University also invites you apply for a MSc/diploma Digital Inclusion (October 2010, part-time over 2 years). This is organised at the Middlesex University, UK (Hendon Campus). If you are working in ICT development or web design and want to know more about inclusion and accessibility, then this could be of interest to you. Modules on the MSc Digital Inclusion introduce the rights of disabled people, the social and ethical issues, and the impact of the ageing demographics. They will look at policy and legislation, web accessibility and inclusive design and user experience. Each module starts with one-week of face to face teaching and is completed through a series of assignments with distance learning, supported by electronic communication. Masters students take four modules and a Digital Inclusion project. PG Dip must pass the four modules.
Please email G.Whitney@mdx.ac.uk for further information or see www.mdx.ac.uk/digitalinclusion.

The ePractice eInclusion factsheets aim to provide an overall picture of the situation and progress of eInclusion in 34 European countries: EU Member States, EU Candidate countries and EFTA countries. You can download individual country reports at this page.

The first objective of this study report is to illustrate, thanks to the analysis of hundreds of initiatives carried out at the policy, but also at the program and project level, where and how public intervention has made a clear difference in terms of reducing digital divide in the particular context it has been initiated. The report seeks also to classify the many possible ways for a public authority to design, launch and follow up e-Inclusion policies. It does so through the combination of two main analytical approaches. First, an exhaustive desk study made of the e-Inclusion National reports published by all Member States and of hundreds of published e-Inclusion projects. Second, a thorough and systematic exchange with key stakeholders, representing all EU27 national authorities and some regional practitioners, also including a panel of officials from six General Directorates of the European Commission.
Following on this series of findings, the second part of the report endeavours to offer some observations and practical comments by exploring two important policy making tools, i.e. the role of running and monitoring projects for optimizing the pertinence of policies, and the overarching part played by the Commission for empowering cross-sectoral public intervention, both of these tools being insufficiently recognized and tapped into today.
Finally, the study report puts forward a series of concrete recommendations to the Commission for the post-i2010 European policy on the Information Society.
Source: eInclusion website

The e-inclusion Subgroup of the i2010 High Level Group held its 11th meeting in Limassol, Cyprus, on 7 and 8 April 2009. The meeting was well attended by delegates from 21 European countries as well as representatives of major user organisations and industry. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and form a consensus on future e-inclusion policy orientations. The ‘Limassol report’ produced as the result of the meeting will contribute to the preparations of the next European strategy on the information society, to succeed the i2010 initiative. In the conclusions of the report, the e-inclusion Subgroup recommends that the European Commission and European Member States, together with other European Institutions, continue working together and intensify efforts in e-inclusion in order to: Provide strategic leadership by ensuring digital inclusion is a cornerstone of future European information society policy; Review the vision and goals set out in the Riga Declaration; Mainstream digital inclusion into key policy areas, such as education, economic recovery strategy, social cohesion, and health/social care; Consider the proposals and suggestions made in the Limassol report when shaping future programmes and investments at European and national levels.
More info about the report.

The recent adoption of WCAG 2.0, the ongoing work with the standardization mandate 376 on incorporating accessibility in public ICT procurements provide a new momentum for web accessibility. Expert meetings like the one which took place on 23 March 2009, where representatives of users and industry presented their views of what is required to achieve progress, are intended to provide the European Commission with advice on how to boost web accessibility in the EU Member States.
All information can be found on http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/einclusion/events/workshop_web_access_09/index_en.htm.