In the digital era, digital literacy is an inescapable asset to meaningfully participate in society. Due to a variety of reasons – such as the lack of experienced trainers, funds or adequate tools – persons with disabilities and elderly people are at risk of not receiving suitable training in the area of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). This represents a big issue for society as a whole, since a large portion of the population is unable to benefit from the new opportunities created by the process of digitalisation.
Launched in October 2016, the ENTELIS network aims at bridging the digital divide that separates elderly people and persons with and without disabilities. The ENTELIS+ project builds on the milestones achieved between 2014 and 2016 during the ENTELIS project, such as the White Paper published to analyse trends and policy objectives in 6 different areas relevant to the digital divide: disability and participation, education, employment, health and social care, technology, (social) media. The ultimate goal of ENTELIS+ is to develop and implement innovative methods and practices to foster inclusive education and empower the digital skills and competences of digitally excluded groups. This will bring to beneficiaries very concrete advantages, such as being competitive actors on the work market.
Since 2020, ENTELIS+ activities are more relevant than ever: the Covid-19 outbreak and implemented social distancing measures imposed to stop the spreading of the virus forced a shift in social and professional relations, changing the ways in which we are communicating. We believe that today more than ever, it is necessary to create new strategies to tackle the digital divide.
The Resources section of the ENTELIS+ website aims to serve as a point of reference for professionals working in the social sector to find materials that have been developed purposely to support training in ICT dedicated to persons with disabilities and elderly people. Be sure to check it regularly to not miss any update!