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Third ENTELIS Seminar: Bruxelles, Belgium, October 19th, 2016

The third ENTELIS annual seminar Technology for unlocking human potential: roadmaps for closing the digital divide for people with disabilities was held in Brussels on October 19, 2016 at the Thon Hotel EU.

The ongoing digital revolution is rapidly changing society, including the way people live, learn, work and communicate. The seminar assessed how these changes impact on the lives of people and in particular on the lives of people with disabilities. Technological innovation brings important opportunities for society to get really inclusive and for persons with disabilities to better develop their full potential. The question is whether the different stakeholders and gatekeepers are ready and willing to facilitate citizens and communities to grasp these opportunities.

Starting from the policy document “Towards full digital inclusion: the Entelis Manifesto against the digital divide”, the seminar looked forward, anticipating future scenarios and possible pathways to full digital inclusion. Policies and good practices were presented and discussed, together with two self-assessment tool for schools and service providers developed in the ENTELIS project.

The seminar was part of the 20th anniversary events of the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), that took place on 19-20 October 2016. On the 20th the official Anniversary Conference focused on the issue of service renewal and looked into success factors for future high quality support services in different fields, including the transversal objective of improving people’s lives by appropriate person centred assistive technologies.