Increased independence of people with disabilities (by Jean-Marie Vanhove)

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Increased independence of people with disabilities (by Jean-Marie Vanhove)

  1. 1. YES, I CAN! ICT AND ICT-AT SKILLS DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL FINAL SYMPOSIUM OF THE VIPI & ATLEC PROJECTS – 04/12/2013 Jean-Marie VANHOVE Former Manager Non-profit Former Head of Flemish Knowledge Center For Assistive Technology Owner Inclusief Consulting VOF 1 With the support of:
  2. 2. YES, I CAN! ICT AND ICT-AT SKILLS DEVELOPMENT FOR ALL FINAL SYMPOSIUM OF THE VIPI & ATLEC PROJECTS – 04/12/2013 CHAIR 1: INCREASED INDEPENDENCE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES 2 With the support of:
  3. 3. CHAIR 1: INCREASED INDEPENDENCE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES The ATLEC project  Has developed a unified and validated curriculum to train persons with disabilities in the use of ICT AT … since not much training is organized for the users themselves. 3 Yes, I can! ICT and ICT-AT skills development for all, 04/12/2013
  4. 4. CHAIR 1: INCREASED INDEPENDENCE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES The curriculum allows for:  a qualification or accreditation system  the development of:  new study programs (handicap specific);  standardised packages of ICT AT skills into mainstream education. 4 Yes, I can! ICT and ICT-AT skills development for all, 04/12/2013
  5. 5. CHAIR 1: INCREASED INDEPENDENCE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Why is assistive technology (AT) needed?  AT does not eliminate the impairment but may remove limitations in activity in specific domains (definition of ICF).  AT enables independent participation in society. 5 Yes, I can! ICT and ICT-AT skills development for all, 04/12/2013
  6. 6. CHAIR 1: INCREASED INDEPENDENCE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Why is training in the use of AT needed?  professionals develop knowledge and skills during work experience but … … how to keep pace with developments in technology?  Insufficient user competence reduces the benefits of new technologies … which may lead to aversion.  If AT were not too complex there would be but little need for training. 6 Yes, I can! ICT and ICT-AT skills development for all, 04/12/2013
  7. 7. CHAIR 1: INCREASED INDEPENDENCE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES Why training the person with disabilities?    Only 27,20% of visually impaired people count on AT (MeAc-inquiry, 2008). Create a positive attitude towards technology. The lack of specialised user support is the single biggest barrier to the take-up of new technology (Patrick R.W. Roe, Bridging the Gap, 2001). People with disabilities need individualized support. Their social network (informal carer) mostly is not trained. 7 Yes, I can! ICT and ICT-AT skills development for all, 04/12/2013
  8. 8. CHAIR 1: INCREASED INDEPENDENCE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES A well-trained user of ICT AT  Does not depend on others.  May become:  a customer instead of a user;  an employee;  an expert. 8 Yes, I can! ICT and ICT-AT skills development for all, 04/12/2013
  9. 9. CHAIR 1: INCREASED INDEPENDENCE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES It is a matter of rights  Training people with disabilities complies with actual paradigm of self-determination and empowerment e.g. being involved as a person with disabilities in the choice and provision of AT.  Digital Agenda Europe Digital competence is a requirement and a right.  UN Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities. 9 Yes, I can! ICT and ICT-AT skills development for all, 04/12/2013
  10. 10. CHAIR 1: INCREASED INDEPENDENCE FOR PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES First session program: Independence EU Disability Policy Mrs. Inmaculada PLACENCIA PORRERO Deputy Head of Unit Unit D3 Rights for Persons with Disabilities More independence for pwd in Flanders Mrs. Helga STEVENS Member of Flemish Parliament (2004) First Member of Parliament with hearing impairments N-VA Member of Senate (2007) Yes, I can! ICT and ICT-AT skills development for all, 04/12/2013 10

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