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ENTELIS Manifesto "Towards full digital inclusion": read and endorse

The enclosed document "Towards full digital inclusion: the ENTELIS manifesto against the digital divide" (in brief "Entelis Manifesto") is intended to raise awareness among stakeholders. There are more stakeholders than you might think! We hope that this document will lead to discussions and actions at all levels. 

We therefore invite you to consider making active use of this "Manifesto", for example by passing it on to others, or by organising a meeting to discuss its content and to develop some collaborative actions to take. You can also respond to the Manifesto by joining the ENTELIS network and sharing expertise and experience. Every stakeholder is important and can make a difference,  at a single organisation, community, regional, national or even international level.

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Click on the links below to download the ENTELIS Manifesto in your preferred format. If your organisation supports this document, please click below on "I wish to endorse the ENTELIS Manifesto". A form will open where you'll be asked to provide your  full name and your organisation’s name (please don't use nicknames!). The form also includes a free-text box where you can add comments and offer your views. We are particularly interested in knowing what specific actions you would undertake or recommend based on this Manifesto, either within your own organisation or at local or national level. If possible, please identify 5 priority actions

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ENTELIS Manifesto "Towards full digital inclusion": read and endorse
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Entelis Deliverables

Endorsements of the Entelis Manifesto

Organisation: AAATE

Name: Renzo Andrich
A consultation is going to be carried out involving all members of AAATE (Association for the Advancement of Assistive Technology in Europe) in order to identify - through consensus - five priority actions that AAATE would recommend at European level.

Organisation: AIAS Bologna onlus

Name: Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf
-Mainstreaming of digital inclusion in all policies at all levels; -More research to understand the barriers and opportunities of technology for the participation and empowerment of people with disabilities; -Coordinated action between different stakeholders to impact on the European and national Digital Agendas, the EU Disability Strategy, the WHO's GATE programme; -More independent Assistive Technology Centres for advice and training; -Sharing positive results through networks such as ENTELIS. Join ENTELIS! Think global, act local!

Organisation: Institute for Matching Person & Technology

Name: Marcia Scherer
assessment training service delivery integration

Organisation: Central Remedial Clinic

Name: Trish MacKeogh
End users should have a key role from the start in research and the user-led design process of new solutions. Teachers and educators should be trained in supporting all young people in developing digital skills and a positive digital identity. Educational institutions should make the digital inclusion of their students an essential part of their policy. Ensure that all students have equal access to the curriculum or redesign it according to universal design principles The curriculum for training professionals such as occupational and physiotherapists, speech language therapists, and other allied health providers should include competency training in ICT-AT service delivery.

Organisation: European University Cyprus

Name: Loizos Symeou
Name: Eleni Theodorou

Organisation: University of Leeds

Name: Professor Mark Priestley

Organisation: EASPD

Name: Luk Zelderloo
The 5 most crucial actions EASPD would recommend are: • Bridging the technology gap for managers and 1st line staff workers to provide high quality services • Service providers and professionals should provide recognise the importance of ICT-AT for their clients and provide support and training • Professional AT and ICT-AT services should start up one stop shops, providing independent advice on AT and ICT-AT • Development of communication structures between business and the social sector • Providing affordable and easy to use AT and ICT-AT solutions for all users
Name: Wolfmayr Franz
Digital literacy for older people should be fostered, allowing access to leisure, education and employment, as well as communication with friends and relatives at a distance and the self management of integrated care programmes based on platforms and mobile devices. Health care and social care providers and professionals should support the introduction and use of digital solutions in the care and living environment of those using their services, such as the deployment of integrated care solutions, ensuring that clients are central to the whole process and increasingly supported to manage their own health and wellbeing. Service providers and professionals should recognise the importance of ICT-AT for their clients. Staff should be encouraged to have a positive attitude toward clients that use ICT-AT and be trained to have basic knowledge of the impact of technology on the quality of life of the people they support. They should be able to offer assistance in the use of individual technology solutions where needed. Professional AT and ICT-AT services have to be created or strengthened where independent advice can be sought.

Organisation: Lebenshilfe Salzburg gGmbH

Name: Karin Astegger

Organisation: Disability Federation of Ireland

Name: Pierce Richardson
ICT needs to be specifically identified as an important dimension in all relevant policies.Such an approach must also ensure that people with disabilities are included in the design of new developments rather than being retrofitted as an afterthought. Therefore, we maintain access to appropriate technology has to be mainstreamed in all policies by the adoption of inclusive and rights-based approach.

Organisation: EVBB Europäischer Verband Beruflicher Bildungsträger e.V - European Association of Institutes for VocationalTraining

Name: Project Team "Entelis"
This exzellent MANIFEST will be disseminated in EVBBs Website and thus reach more than 50 associations, institutes, training centers, vocational schools and universities in Europe and Asia. Our next Newsletter will report on it and we will include this large aspect in our recent activities to bridge digital divide and exclusion wherever our members work in vocational education and training.

Organisation: Europäisches Bildungswerk für Beruf und Gesellschaft

Name: Frank Siebeck
Richtlinien und Strategien: Zugang für alle ermöglichen; Forschung und Entwicklung: Feststellung echter, tatsächlicher "digitaler Bedürfnisse" (derzeit: Bedürfnissuggestion mit Verkaufsabsichten); Aus- und Fortbildung: Differenzieren zwischen Erlernen der digitalen Welt (Informatikunterricht zum Erlernen der Technik (Hard-/Software)) und Nutzung der digitalen Möglichkeiten zum Erlernen anderer Inhalte (digitale Technologie einmal als Zweck und einmal als Mittel des Lernens).

Organisation: FORTH-ICS

Name: Iosif Klironomos
Policy: Measures to reduce the digital divide and to provide all citizens, regardless of their condition, access to digital content, have to be mainstreamed in all policies, taking into account local differences. R&D: End users should have a key role from the start in research and the user-led design process of new solutions. Research and development efforts should be geared to the development of adaptive interfaces and more intuitive controls, for improved and personalized user experiences. Education & training: Teaching about web accessibility and usability as a standard of good design practice rather than an add-on should become part of all computer science, engineering and other courses that involve ICT. Cooperation: Involvement of people with disabilities and other minority groups in the process of combatting digital exclusion will be essential to ensure real inclusion rather than the removal of some barriers and their replacement by others.

Organisation: Hft

Name: Steve Barnard
Required Training and skills (requires staff to have ICT-AT included in their job roles) Access to ICT-AT to be consumer led rather than prescription driven ICT-AT to be designed to accommodate as many disabilities as possible

Organisation: Dienstleistungsgesellschaft für Informatik (DLGI mbH)

Name: Dr. Hartmut Sommer
Certificates and respective examinations about ICT should be accessible for disabled.

Organisation: Cyprus Interaction Lab (Cyprus University of Technology)

Name: Panayiotis Zaphiris

Organisation: Istituto Leonarda Vaccari - Roma

Name: Fabrizio Corradi

Organisation: Department of Disability Studies, Faculty for Social Wellbeing, University of Malta

Name: Vickie Gauci
- Make internet available to all: not all disabled people can afford it. - Work to reduce expense of assistive technology related to ICT. - Create networks across EU through which disabled people can find the resources and information related to this important issue.

Organisation: Social Care Training limited

Name: james churchill
priority has to be to help frontline staff understand and promote the use of AAT devices amongst the people they support.

Organisation: European University Cyprus

Name: Anastasia Liasidou

Organisation: The Centre of Technical aid for Disabled people under Ministry of Social Secutrity and Labour

Name: Dovile Sabaliauskaite
• Initiate studie to identify the need of information and communication technology based assistive technologies – products (ITC –AT ) for disabled people, to prepare Regulations and procedures governing the provision of ITC – AT products and services for people with disabilities. • Initiate inter-agential cooperation, to create network of specialists, which will help to identify individual needs, improve ICT-AT device assessment, evaluation and accessibility. • Create innovative learning approaches and ensure that teachers, parents are aware of their potential and support them in curricula, teacher training and teaching guidelines. • Initiate cooperation between public sector and higher education institutions. Improve communication with IT service providers in order to show them the importance of ICT-AT for disabled people and increase supply of ICT based assistive technologies in the market.

Organisation: Zuyd University of Applied Sciences

Name: Luc de Witte

Organisation: Independent Authority for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Name: Katerina Charitou
Awareness raising of the importance of ICT for inclusion and CRPD human rights standards. Horizontal implementation of inclusive ICT in various areas of life.

Organisation: G3ict and IAAP

Name: Axel Leblois
Fostering ICT accessibility training among government, private sector and academic institutions employees. Critical to successfully implement ICT accessibility policies and programs.

Organisation: Grup Fundació Ramon Noguera

Name: Pepita Perich (General Manager)
- universal design and e-accessibility solutions - invovle end-users, living labs involving persons with intellectual disabilities - promote more and useful education and training (for everybody) on ICT-AT

Organisation: RIX Research & Media - University of East London UK

Name: Andy Minnion
User-led research should be resourced and encouraged so that people with disabilities are actively involved in the design, development and testing of technologies. Training in the routine use of assistive technologies should be a standard part of training for education workers and social and health care professionals.