INNOVAGE Project highlighted during the presentation of a Vodafone Study in Valladolid last May 6th

An informative session about the main results of the study “Access and ICTs applications for disable people” took place in Valladolid last May 6th

The session was organized by the Spanish Vodafone Foundation in order to increase citizen’s awareness about the potential and benefits that ICT’s and the digital network can offer to people with visual, hearing and mobility disabilities, by encouraging social opportunities and improving well-being.
The meeting was focused on what seems to be the most useful ICTs features for disable users, the constraints observed to exploit its advantages, and considerations about the demand and proposals to increase the use of mobile phone, internet (included social media, electronic administration) and computer.
Jesús Fuertes, Manager of the Social Services Regional Authority, brought out the importance of current efforts to empower citizens and provide them opportunities to be socially included and live a pleased life, doing a special mention to INNOVAGE. INNOVAGE was introduced to the media as a comprehensive initiative that stimulates diverse actions in Europe; and specifically in Castilla y León concerning the development and implementation of an eco-innovation approach to improve opportunities for an independent life. Through INNOVAGE are being developed different local and European actions in order to detect risk´s groups, analyses their profiles and real needs, promoting innovative intervention initiatives, assistance and a facilitated access to different environments, among others.
The session about “Access and ICTs applications for disable people” finished with the main conclusions on which were highlighted: as the mobile phone is widely used by people with disabilities was observed a significant digital gap in the use of Internet that is greatly related with serious barriers on accessibility and affordability; the web usage decrease with age, and is affected also by factors as education level and life context (e.g. rural environments, which is intrinsic characteristic in Castilla y León). Despite the limited use of the web by disable people, cannot be denied it value and the opportunities the web can provide to this collective. Were highlighted recommendations that will take into consideration in Castilla y León by the active cooperation between Regional Administrations, private health and social services, companies, and R&D centers, based on the need of training, information and technologic usability, in order to achieve a full integration of the vulnerable groups in the digital world.

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