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. Much of the “common space” is virtual nowadays although it is full of barriers and far from inclusive. The digital divide is a fact and local communities can and have to do more to guarantee partecipation and access to rights by systematically investing in digital skills development and enabling technologies for all.