Draft Programme Session: Developing digital skills: How to ensure socially excluded and vulnerable people benefit from using assistive technology (STS41)

January 5, 2017

Session Type: Workshop

Developing digital skills: How to ensure socially excluded and vulnerable people benefit from using assistive technology

This session explores how digital skills training of digitally excluded individuals can maximise the efficacy of assistive technology. The introductory speakers would report state of the art experiential learning found so far. The aim would be to go on to identify areas for further research into the approaches required to improve on what has been achieved so far.

As an European example, 12.6 million adults in the UK lack basic digital skills, and 10.2% of adults (5.3 million) have never used the internet. Moreover, digital exclusion is closely linked to other social exclusion factors and the poorer health outcomes with which these are associated. This presents challenges for those developing digital solutions to ensure everyone with health needs can access the available tools; without such support, there is a risk that the digital divide will deepen health inequalities.

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You can submit a short 900 word communication, on or around this topic, now until 7th April 2017.

Organiser:

Contact: Tom French, Good Things Foundation, Sheffield, UK
Email: tom@goodthingsfoundation.org

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