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People with disabilities face significant barriers to access training in digital literacy which is essential for education and employment. Furthermore, the traditional model of delivering digital literacy skills to people with disabilities through the provision of centre-based training is becoming unsustainable, due to a massive increase in the demand for digital skills and rapid changes in online and mobile technologies.

DICE aims to help people with disabilities build digital literacy skillsneeded to transition from VET centre training to mainstream education and employmentDICE will create an online community based on a peer support model, promoted and sustained by Digital Inclusion Champions.

Start date: 01/10/2013

Duration: 24 months

Project website: http://dice-project.eu

This project (DICE – Digital Inclusion Champions in Europe – 2013-1-IE1-LEO05-06094) has been 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.

The First Open International Forum on mobile technologies for social inclusion will focus on analyzing and raising awareness about the needs and mobile-based solutions for groups under risk of digital exclusion in Latin America (low-income and isolated communities, chronic patients and people with disabilities). Relevant stakeholders from all over the world will participate providing their expertise from technological, social and politic-economical perspectives. The M-Inclusion awards for “Apps4Change” Challenge Program 2012, which recognizes groundbreaking mobile solutions for social inclusion, will take place during the conference. M-Inclusion is a project co-funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme. The consortium, led by Telefonica, also includes Futura Networks Colombia, Innovation Engineering, Econet, the Nokia Technology Institute of Brazil, the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Brazil, Cayetano Heredia University in Peru and the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain.

The conference “Pathways to Inclusion. Inclusive education and Learning: Challenges and Opportunities” is organized by EASPD (The European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities) together with the Hungarian Association for Lifelong Learning and will take place in Budapest on the 13th and the 14th of September 2012. This event is uploaded on the Comenius/Grundtvig Training Database of the European Commission, which gives you the opportunity to apply for a grant (deadline: 30th April). For specific eligibility criteria and grant application procedures we kindly suggest you to contact your own national agency.

The objectives of the ‘Europe 2020’ strategy cannot be attained without the active involvement of disabled people, ie some 80 million individuals (16% of the population). Such is the European Parliament’s message in a non-legislative resolution on the mobility and inclusion of disabled persons and the 2010-2020 strategy in favour of disabled persons, adopted on 25 October.

According to the latest statistics, the drop-out rate in education and the unemployment rate of disabled persons is at least twice as high as the rate of able persons and the poverty rate among disabled persons is 70% higher than the average rate. To address this situation, MEPs call on member states and the European Commission to take concrete measures in terms of mobility and social inclusion. They state that a “welcome development” in terms of free movement of persons and barrier-free services would be the introduction of a unified European mobility card for reciprocal recognition of care for people with disabilities. This would allow disabled persons to study, work and travel more freely.

MEPs stress the enormous importance of employment on the ordinary labour market for disabled persons and call on the Commission and the governments of member states to adopt legal and financial measures which truly encourage the employment of disabled persons. Lastly, MEPs encourage the creation of special forms of leave so that parents can take care of their children with disabilities and urge that the commitment shown and the work performed by parents of children with disabilities should be recognised by being counted as professional experience and by being specifically taken into account when old-age pension entitlements are calculated.

This non-legislative resolution, drafted by the chamber’s only deaf MEP, Ádám Kósa (EPP, Hungary), follows from the EU’s 2010-2020 strategy on disability. Adopted in late 2010, this Commission communication provides a framework for European action and includes measures that can be taken at a national level in order to implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. While MEPs welcome this initiative, they regret that the Commission’s communication does not include an integrated gender perspective or a separate chapter on gender-specific disability policies. MEPs recall that the Commission pledged to present a legislative proposal for a European Accessibility Act, and stress the need for strong, binding measures at EU level, with a clear road map. MEPs also call for the adoption of the necessary measures to help the visually impaired to carry out business transactions.
Source: Europolitics

RIM has launched the Clarity theme for BlackBerry theme for customers with vision loss, colourblindness, seniors and even those new to smartphones. The free theme is available for download from BlackBerry AppWorld in the US, UK and Canada and supports 10 devices running BlackBerry Device Software v5.0.
For more information, please visit this website.

While Windows Mobile 6.5 had been made accessible to the blind with the help of the Mobile Speak and Talks screen-reading programs, these programs no longer work with Windows Phone 7. Andy Lees, president of Microsoft’s Mobile Business, stated that he was personally committed to ensuring long-term nonvisual access to the Microsoft mobile platform. This commitment was reaffirmed by Rob Sinclair, Microsoft’s chief accessibility officer; Chuck Bilow, Microsoft’s senior program manager responsible for Windows Phone accessibility; and Richard Suplee, a senior product planner in Microsoft’s Mobile Communications Business wing.
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