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EDSA24: Inclusion in the digital world

EDSA24 Awards category: Inclusion in the digital world

 

 

The European Digital Skills Awards 2024 aims to recognise and promote projects and initiatives that are supporting Europeans in all areas related to digital skills. From 28 February to 2 April 2024, applications were open for projects and initiatives across 5 categories.

 

The "Inclusion in the digital worldcategory wants to highlight and reward projects for different types of publics that are at higher risk of exclusion when it comes to digital skills.  Elderly citizens, refugees, people with a disability, people with low income, to mention a few, can experience difficulties in accessing digital tools in everyday life and in obtaining training for both basic digital skills and ICT professions. 
 

Last year's winner in the Inclusion category: DigiAcademy

Esther Murphy of DigiAcademy receiving the award from June KingstonDigi-ID is a pan-European multidisciplinary project funded by EIT Health, launched by Trinity College Dublin, together with National Learning Network/Rehabcare, Brothers of Charity, Avista, St Michael's House, Central Remedial Clinic, Stewarts Care, MADoPA, Karolinska Institut, University of Zagreb. It focuses on health, education, and technology for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID). Building upon the experiences and activities with over 500 people with ID, the team developed “DigiAcademy”: an accessible digital skills education platform.  

The project stood out as a deserving candidate for the award due to its co-design and co-development process involving people with ID. By prioritizing accessibility, user-friendliness, and tailoring the platform and content to the specific needs of the target audience, DigiAcademy offers a unique and valuable resource for digital skills education.