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The poor often pay more …

  • For food: Since they need to shop in nearby stores where prices are often higher.
  • For housing: Due to the lack of social homes, people with low income are forced to move into privately rented accommodation where they pay too much for a house of poor quality.
  • For energy: Since they often live in houses that are less energy-friendly or because they cannot afford energy-saving investments
  • For health care: Social determinants show a link between poverty and inferior health as a doctor’s consult is often postponed for cost reasons.
  • For loans: Since the less creditworthy pay higher interest rates. Provided they qualify for a loan,…
  • etc.

Community Service Engineering believes engineers and their analytical skills could contribute significantly to breaking the vicious cycle of poverty.

We go into this topic at the third conference in the pre-programme of Community Service Engineering.

More information on this webpage or in our folder.

Participation is free. Registration can be done via this link.

This is the schedule for Thursday 4th of September:

  • 18.30 h: Registration
  • 19.00 h: Word of Welcome – prof. dr. ir. Bart Vanrumste (KU Leuven) – Community Service Engineering
  • 19.10 h: Poverty: a multidimensional problem and policy challenge – prof. dr. Frank Vandenbroucke (KU Leuven)
  • 19.50 h: A view by an expert in the field of ‘Poverty’ – Henk Van Hootegem (Interfederal Support Centre for Poverty Reduction)
  • 20.30 h: Case 1 : Sustainable energy for families in poverty – prof.dr.ir. Griet Verbeeck (UHasselt)
  • 20.50 h: Case 2 : Web application REMI may allow uniformity in additional financial allowances – dr. Bérénice Storms (Thomas More – Cebud)
  • 21.10 h: Round table discussion in the auditorium

You are expected at 18.30 in the Auditorium Oude Molen, Kasteelpark Arenberg 50, 3001 Heverlee. We hope to meet you there!

Best regards,

Inge Vervoort

Project Director Community Service Engineering

cse@kuleuven.be

Please join us:

You can find all presentations and pictures of the first two conferences:

  1. Conference on the topic of ‘Ageing’ that took place on April 3th via this link.
  2. Conference on the topic of ‘Living with a disability’ that took place on May 21th via this link.

Community Service Engineering (CSE) is a continuing education curriculum of KU Leuven that lasts for 8 months (October 2014 – May 2015) for graduated engineers (or nearly graduated engineering students that only still need to finish their master’s thesis).More information on the CSE curriculum:

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need more information.

First announcement ENTELIS SEMINAR: Supporting the development of digital skills of persons with disabilities of all ages – Policies, strategies and tools
26-27 November 2014 – Bologna Italy

The digital divide is a fact. Many people with disabilities do not participate, or experience difficulties in fully participating, in the digital society. There are many factors that contribute to this situation, ranging from environmental factors (physical and cultural barriers) to person-related factors, such as lack of training or unfamiliarity with technology. The ENTELIS network aims to reduce the digital divide by fostering exchange of information and good practice, by networking all relevant stakeholders and by contributing to policy development. The seminar will address the entire range of factors within a holistic perspective. However, in investigating possible solutions, it will particularly focus on person-related factors: it will explore how actions and measures aimed at the person’s empowerment and digital skills development can improve participation and freedom of choice in the digital society.

The pre-Seminar event (Wednesday 26 afternoon) will be targeted to the public-at-large, including policy-makers, journalists, non-governmental organisations, self-advocacy groups. Participation is free of charge. Registration is encouraged.

The Seminar (Thursday 27, full day) will be mainly targeted to education and rehabilitation professionals, service providers, researchers and experts in information technology and assistive technology. It will include keynote speeches, selected contributions from the participants and parallel working groups. It will be organised in such a way to promote the maximum amount of information exchange, reciprocal learning, networking and project incubation.

Fee: 150 Euro. Free of charge for ENTELIS partners and for members of AAATE, EASPD and EVBB. Registration is required.

Call for presentations (abstracts), programme and registration information: www.entelis.net

The seminar is held in the framework of the thematic event: (Assistive) technology as a Human Rights Enabler Bologna 26-29 November 2014

Open call for contributions to the ENTELIS seminar programme (pdf)

In 2014, disabled people continue to face challenges in many areas of their lives. Many of these challenges involve attitudes. But what do attitudes towards disabled people currently look like? This report brings together a range of research that Scope has commissioned over the last two years to understand current attitudes towards disability and disabled people.

This also has a direct impact towards employability.

You can download the report here (pdf).

As reported on in http://www.scope.org.uk/About-Us/Research-and-Policy/Publication-directory/Current-attitudes-towards-disabled-people.

ATLEC logo

ATLEC logo

The ATLEC project is finalised and offers now access to a range of tools to support the knowledge of ICT based Assistive Technology (ICT-AT). It provides a range of training materials, and also a mobile tool for people with disabilities and people working with people with disabilities, such as teachers, but also family and employers.

Below is an overview:

For more information, visit the ATLEC website.

Dear engineer,

There is a lot of ‘innovation potential’ in the social profit sector. That potential does not always emerge today because engineers and the sector do not know each other (well enough). Engineers could contribute significantly to the adequate implementation of existing solutions and services on the market in this sector. Furthermore they could play an important role in regard to topics such as the accessibility of public space, buildings, websites, media,…

That is why KU Leuven is organising a postgraduate course in ‘Community Service Engineering’ in collaboration with Thomas More.

We invite you to ‘the pre-programme’ that wants to show the potential of this domain. It consists of three conferences. The topics are:

Welcome!

You can register for one or more conferences. Participation is free but registration is required and can be done via this website: www.fet.kuleuven.be/events/cse or link.

All details can be found in the invitation that is downloadable here.

Sincerely,
Inge Vervoort
Project Director Community Service Engineering

M-Care project logo

M-Care project logo

European people with disabilities (especially those with mobility impairments) depend heavily on personal care givers (PCGs). While this assistance is crucial in ensuring a daily quality of life (assisting with basic tasks such as getting dressed, eating, taking a bath/shower), it is still quantitatively and qualitatively a huge problem.

Few PCGs get a proper training, if any, while such formal training hardly exists in EU countries. Most PCGs are low skilled, have to be trained on the field, thus making it a very laborious and at the same time a tricky “adventure” for people with disabilities, but equally for e.g. older people who make use of them.

Raising competence levels of these low-skilled people to be benefit of care recipients is at the core of M-CARE (Mobile Training for Home and Health Caregiver For People with Disabilities and Older People – http://mcare-project.eu). It aims to ensure that VET centres can offer such training anywhere anytime, for low-skilled people (without jobs), or people that want to extend their service provision (independent nurses, caretakers, etc.). Blended training approaches such as simulation both via video and animations, audio, textual training format, including hands-on practicing will be supported by the project.

M-CARE will generate:

  • a dedicated PCG curriculum and relevant training material for different disabilities, applicable in every country in the EU and beyond, provided under a creative commons license (so “free”);
  • innovative ICT-based Web 2.0 mobile/online learning platforms (PC, smartphone and tablet PC) with multilingual interfaces, developed as Open Source applications (“free”), provided freely to VET centres; supported by a learning methodology;
  • piloting with end-users (mainly low skilled people) and beneficiaries (people with disabilities and older people) in Belgium, Germany, Greece and Turkey;
  • provision of online portal with dedicated communities, providing access to PCGs learning modules for VET centres.

The impact of this will be pan-European (VET, ICT driven), and immediately measurable in increased PCG employment.

This project (M-Care – 539913-LLP-1-2013-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP) has been funded with support from the European Commission. This 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.