The digital economy offers the potential to deliver a socially inclusive infrastructure that enables easy and effective access to a full range of digital services including: the Internet, media, commerce, health, transport and leisure activities. Meaningful access to technology however, goes beyond simply providing the relevant equipment. It requires that users have the necessary skills and knowledge to use the equipment, as well as the ability to understand and appropriately integrate the information.
The Accessibility activity is taking the first steps to provide the tools required for meaningful access, for older adults and disabled people by addressing the widening 'accessibility gap'. Read more
Featured Case Study
This healthcare work addresses the needs of the growing population of people in care homes. The work takes a novel approach to this area by focusing on care givers, addressing the need to facilitate conversations between care staff and residents. For residents with communication difficulties, such as those that arise from late stage Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, it is difficult for care staff, giving their limited time and skills, to initiate conversations with such residents. The Portrait system was designed from the perspective of care staff workers. It provides an easy to use and quick means of getting information about the lives of residents before they entered the care home. In short, it allows care staff to know who the people are.