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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.

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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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Ageing during the digital revolution

Support for the ENTELIS cause to reduce the digital divide came from EC Commissioner Guenther Oettinger , who highlighted in his opening speech to the Summit on Innovation for Active and Health Aging (Brussels, 9/10 March 2015) the need for the development of digital competence among elderly in order to take full advantage of the digital revolution and the opportunities offered by e-Health and e-Care programmes .

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The enriching impact of different perspectives

During the first ENTELIS seminar, recently held in Bologna, it happened again.... Between 50 and 60 persons in the room with different abilities, different cultural and professional backgrounds and different interest in the digital divide. We had people from academia, service providers, some end users and even some policy makers, each with a personal way of thinking, of presenting, of asking questions.

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Don't give up!

By Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf, Entelis Partner AIAS (October 2014). I guess sooner or later all people experience a certain fatigue towards new technological developments. "Uffa", the Italians say, "I just got used to my new operating system and there is already a new version out". This, what I would like to call the "Uffa-syndrome", is probably strongest with non ICT engineers or other “weirdies” in their early sixties, the first ICT-generation.

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The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

By Evert-Jan Hoogerwerf, Entelis Partner AIAS. "Planning inclusive Communities: Challenges and Strategies of Local Implementation of the UN Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities" was the title of the conference held in Siegen (D) on the 27th and 28th of March 2014. The ENTELIS project was represented by EASPD (co-organisor), AAATE and AIAS. There is a clear link between digital skills development, access to ICT-AT and Human Rights.

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