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The role of the EU to ensure the uptake of person-centred assistive technology

The role of the EU to ensure the uptake of person-centred assistive technology

by Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf


What we all should know:

-Technology for persons with disabilities is a human rights enabler[1]. Assistive technology unlocks human potential and breaks the link between a person’s health condition and a predetermined social destiny.

Register for the ENTELIS 2018 workshop!


The ENTELIS workshop 2018 coincides with the EASPD conference of Technology and Digitalisation in Social care. 

Barcelona, October 4th and 5th, 2018.


The conference aims to explore how technology and digital solutions impact the social care sector and will give participants an insight into the available promising practices.

Don't work in isolation! Connect against the digital divide! Call for Commitments 2018 now open!

The year 2017 has seen network members implement a sustantial number of highly relevant activities for reducing the digital divide. The annual report 2017 will soon be published on this website.

Also in 2018 we will continue our work for our mission which is to advance full digital inclusion of people with disabilities and elderly. 

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This white paper will provide the reader with insight into the role technology plays for the full participation of persons with disabilities and older people in the digital society. The authors consider equal opportunities to participate in all realms of life a human right. The paper will help the reader to understand what the barriers to full digital inclusion for these groups are, how changing scenarios in society should lead to the definition of new goals and how these goals could be reached.

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. 

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More international learning opportunities on person centred technology for staff and service users

Since 2014 Austrian Lebenshilfe organisations have been working together to reduce the digital divide for persons with disability enabling them to access the digital world, participate in modern society, get information and opportunities for learning and personal development, increasing their independence and opportunities to enjoy mainstream services and resources as everyone else.

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News from the project “Better lives through person centred technology”: great finish at Learning Disability Wales

After having visited Bologna and Liverpool, our last mobility in June 2018 led us to Wales/ UK.

A group of ten delegates from six Lebenshilfe organisations in Austria visited Learning Disability Wales giving us the opportunity to learn about successful approaches for person centred technology during a two days training. A self-advocate with learning disability was part of the group. The course focused on awareness-raising and training for persons with learning disability, their families and staff.

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Technology can change the lives of persons with learning disability: an inspiring training at hft in UK

In March 2018 eleven delegates from seven Lebenshilfe organisations in Austria participated in a three days training on person centred technology that hft tailored to our interests and learning needs. We already reported about the Erasmus+ Project supporting us to engage in international learning experiences regarding PCT.

Through a diverse and comprehensive program experts from hft and their cooperation partners gave us an overview of their person centred technology approaches, a wide range of possibilities for implementation, success factors and challenges.

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STEM education should be more inclusive and incorporate a gender perspective

Ongoing scientific development and in particular innovation in digital technologies is rapidly changing the way people learn, work, socialise, dream and set their goals and participate in all realms of public and private life. Nevertheless there are risks that specific groups of young people remain behind in the adoption (and co-creation) of new technologies and thus remain excluded from its benefits.

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Facilitating communication of persons with high support needs through iPad

Since 2014 one of our occupational therapists has specialised in augmentative and alternative communication through iPad and Apps developing individual solutions for service users with intellectual disabilities. The person centred approaches strongly enhance the users’ possibilities to communicate and their quality of life.

The iPad is a mainstream device with built in accessibility features that can be customized to individual needs, and offers all possibilities of a modern computer.


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