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The ENTELIS project

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Why a new network?

Rapid advances in information and communication technologies are changing lifestyles across the globe, also creating new opportunities for many people.  

However, many people with disabilities and elderly people experience difficulties in fully engaging with technology and therefore may be prevented from enjoying its benefits. This knowledge gap has to be reduced, for political, social and economic reasons.  Educating people about the benefits of Assistive Technology is central to addressing this problem: it contributes to the establishment of an inclusive society, as demanded by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  

The term "assistive technology" (AT) refers to any device that enhances independence for people with disabilities and facilitates participation in daily life, education, employment, leisure and social life. Within the context of the ENTELS project we are mainly focusing on AT solutions based on information and communication technology (ICT).  In today's society, ICT solutions are gateways to effective learning, skills development, employment and the fulfilment of rights: thus addressing the lack of digital competence amongst these citizens and facilitating access to appropriate assistive technologies are key priorities. Investment in learning opportunities and training programmes will help increase participation and access to equal opportunities.

A network is needed to share these ideas and to help overcome fragmentation in policies and practices, by gearing the efforts of many key actors and institutions towards common goals. That's the reason why the ENTELIS network has been established, within the framework  of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission. 

What are our aims ?

We aim to help bridge the digital divide in Europe and worldwide by promoting the acquisition of digital skills and abilities to make effective use of assistive technology, for the empowerment and independence of people with disabilities of all ages. 

Our strategy is to create a sustainable network for knowledge exchange, and to support policies regarding both the development of disabled people's ability to make effective use of assistive technology, and the exploitation of ICT-AT in education to ensure equal opportunities.

In the course of the project, relevant information will be collected and made available to the network members. The network aims to have an impact at several levels, and will have the capacity to gear existing resources on an ‘as needs’  basis to impact future policy development.  

What are the activities?

  • Research, including living labs and the active participation of end users

  • Seminars and other knowledge sharing events

  • Project development workshops 

  • Policy development, foresight studies, roadmaps

Who are our stakeholders?

  • People with disabilities of all ages and their carers

  • Formal, informal and non formal education providers 

  • Assistive technology providers 

  • Service providers 

  • Enterprises

  • The research community

  • Policymakers 

  • International organisations

Only together can we bridge the digital divide !