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Objective: To improve the quality of life for vulnerable groups

Includes support for women, disabled, ethnic minorities etc. This objective covers EU priority to support "excluded" groups and reduce the digital divide. It also has a major impact on improving the quality of life for the target groups. Lessons learnt here may also be applied to the community in general.

Keywords: Disabled, Elderly, Women, Quality of life, Non-nationals, eGovernment, Unemployed, Low income, Ethnic, Social cohesion


 

Report(s) Objective 'To improve the quality of life for vulnerable groups'

 
Date Report:
June 24 2003Helping disadvantaged groups: exploiting the social potential of ICT

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Beep Knowledge System found the following cases in Objective: To improve the quality of life for vulnerable groups

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Case 82  AOP - I S Access for older people to the information society (EU) 
A study of the benefits, and possible utilisation methods, of ICT for the elderly.

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Case 83  Asylum Seekers in the UK (UK) 
Teaching ICT to Asylum seekers to help them integrate and find employment more quickly. Includes recommendations for improving quality of support.

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Case 197  Borris.ie - Community programme (Ireland) 
An 18 month project to raise awareness locally of the benefits of ICT using a variety of locally relevant media.

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Case 44  CONFIDENT - Confident Information Environment for the Independent Living of People with Severe Disabilities (EU) 
This is an ongoing project to support severly disabled people (PSDs) and their carers through telematics and purpose designed interfaces. This is to involve the validation of a number of options thereby presenting practisioners with useful conclusions

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Case 191  De@fchild (UK) 
Using ICT to help the education of deaf children. Supported by the BBC establishes centres and develops software as well as training programmes.

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Case 319  DITIC - ICTs for disabled people (Spain) 
A purpose built centre that provides a flexible approach to training. Empowering clients and discovering that e-commerce can actually remove barriers to employment for the disabled.

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Case 356  European Computer Driving License (ECDL) for the visually impaired (Hungary) 
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Case 845  Internet course for the elderly (Hungary) 
Helping the elderly to keep up with their grandchildren.

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Case 199  Irish Wheelchair Association online (Ireland) 
Ongoing (2001/3) project to help disabled people (not just wheelchair users) access ICT and Internet, includes adapting hardware/software, cybercafe's, training and support.

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Case 257  ISIS - Information, service, integration and schooling for blind and vision-impaired people (Austria) 
Project to support blind people and help them into employment. Providing training, access to internet, ICT skills etc. plus a special website the clients.

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Case 379  Let your job find you - Internet work bourse Profesia (Slovak republic) 
An Internet service demonstrates new approaches to online recruitment helping the unemployed to find a job. Both, the unemployed and the potential employers benefit from improved communication.

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Case 444  OSKa - National Women’s Information Center (Poland) 
Excellent example of how the Internet can service the information needs of a specific group (women in this case). Good ideas that add real value to a dissemination website.

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Case 466  Prím Online: making the leading Hungarian IT portal accessible for the visually impaired (Hungary) 
Private company discovers that, in just four weeks, their web sites can be easily made accessible for the visually impaired without reducing the web content and web functions. As a result it increases it's customer base!

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Case 86  TENCARE Telecommunications -based Home-Care Services (Germany) 
A successful project finds that "simple" ICT tools can have a great beneficial effect upon the care of patients in remote areas. A sound example of care support and tele-medecine in the real world.

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Case 85  TENCARE Telecommunications -based Home-Care Services (Greece) 
A medical knowledge portal for elderly discovers that it needs to include general medical information as much as it needs to provide specialist knowledge from the experts in geriatrics.

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Case 81  TENCARE Telecommunications -based Home-Care Services (UK) 
Homecare information system through set-top tv boxes that identified some key issues regarding usability, training and costs. Has potential for further development.

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Case 411  Toward the World and Myself - via Computer (Poland) 
A programme, started by volunteers, for helping elderly ladies catch up with IT skills. With the right funding in place they have now expanded to provide a truly valuable experience enabling their clients to enjoy the digital age. Some excellent examples of good practice.

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Case 196  VITAL Volunteer Inputs to Access Learning for the vision impaired (Ireland) 
The aim of this project was to assist visually impaired people to have access to ICT by engaging volunteers as trainers and mentors

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Case 177  WISDOM - Wireless Information Services for Deaf People (EU) 
WISDOM tries to provide solutions for person-to-person live communication and information retrieval in sign language, developing a fully portable video communication terminal for deaf people.

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Case 219  Mercadis - Labour market for disabled people (Spain) 
Portal (website) for disabled people seeking employment or other, more general assistance. Also raises awareness amongst employers of the benefits of employing disabled workers.

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Case 268  "Let's start now" - ICT skills development for women in a rural area (Austria) 
Using a "bottom up" approach this project provided useful ICT training for women farmers which they put to good use in a wide variety of ways

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Case 198  Disabled People of Clare - Innovations and Inclusion (Ireland) 
This project was an initiative to encourage disabled people in using computers and the internet as their key communication and networking tools

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Case 438  E-Center as promoter of network economy on local/regional level (Slovenia) 
On-going project to introduce teleworking centres in Slovenia which draws on other European experiences and will have significant benefits for regional employment

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Case 453  e-Job - searching for jobs using electronic means (Romania) 
Good example of setting up an on-line recruitment service from Romania. well documented activities, lessons and conclusions.

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Case 309  EnRed - Telematic resources for women (Spain) 
EN RED promotes the access of women to jobs involving telematics through training, guidance and individual follow-up of job search. It fosters the entrance of women in the Information Society.

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Case 321  EUSTAT - Empowering Users through Assistive Technology (EU) 
This project was primarily aimed at the development and provision of educational material for End Users of Assistive Technology

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Case 424  Extension of Library and information services to blind and visually impaired users (Cyprus) 
How Cyprus included services for Blind people in it's libraries. An excellent breakdown of the resources (hardware and software) used.

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Case 179  Fountain - Training for young unemployed people (Ireland) 
Training project for school "drop-outs" which had to design bespoke programmes to overcome low esteem as well as skill shortage.

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Case 12  Frauen ans Netz - Internet courses for women (Germany) 
Large scale training programme for women to use the Internet (100,000 women). Many useful lessons.

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Case 125  INFOVILLE Valencia - Information Society development (Spain) 
Large scale project to involve citizens in the Information age. Nearly doubled the number of PC users in the region (1996/99)

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Case 67  Kite Teleworking (UK) 
Creating a tele-centre in rural Ireland has imported employment. Good example of using ICT to create new employment opportunities within a rural community.

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Case 47  Netd@ys - Awareness raising of new technology for education (EU) 
Awareness raising project from the Commission which has exploited an American concept to good effect in Europe. Some useful lessons, particularly in handling the speed difference between ICT deliverables and paper-based deliverables.

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Case 176  OPUS - Training women in the Information Society (EU) 
How OPUS developed a package for training providers to train women in IT. Illustrates the changes it brought about, the skills and competencies required and their impact on training provision. A useful model for reference.

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Case 313  Periphera - Telematics Applications and Strategies Combating Social and Economic Exclusion (EU) 
Telematics applications were used to implement seven sites where "self-help" centres allowed citizens who were previously marginalised to develop work opportunities

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Case 215  Red Sorda II - Deaf Community (Spain) 
RED SORDA II tries to make accessible the Information Society for deaf people and to integrate them into the economy. It aims to provide bespoke training and the creation of deaf virtual communities to raise awareness.

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Case 269  SILC- Supporting Independently Living Citizens (EU) 
This ongoing project aims at the development of an innovative and intelligent wrist-worn warning system to improve the safety and independence of the elderly and the disabled

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Case 428  The use of morden ICT in the process of educating people with special needs (Slovenia) 
An example of a centre in Slovenia that supports blind and partially sited people with training and employment. Useful list of concepts and resources

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Case 180  Tramlines - IT training for young people (Ireland) 
An excellent case training long-term unemployed people, to a high level of skills needed to obtain high-paid, professional jobs in the Information Technology sector, by means of getting professional IT certification. Proves that investment in quality (rather than quantity) training works.

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Case 312  Utenet - ICT training for disabled people and welfare workers (Spain) 
Intensive training for welfare workers, and telematic networks to connect welfare offices are applied to ensure more efficeient methods of training, employment and counselling guidance.

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Case 259  WAI-DE - Improving the web accessibility in Europe 
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Case 273  Web for All - barrier-free Internet (Germany) 
This ongoing project is to improve the accessibility of the internet for everyone including disabled people by identifying barriers and providing strategies to overcome them.

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Case 470  World Wide Web without barriers (Poland) 
Polish organisation for disabled people finds success for its' clients with IT training, teleworking etc through the creation of a community spirit, quality qualifications and staff dedication. Shows the real benefits from adding value to raise confidence and feeling of "self worth" in clients.

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Case 178  WOWIS - Work Opportunities for Women in the Information Society (EU) 
Report which identifies working arrangements that promote women’s careers in the call centre industry, and assists in the design of initiatives that encourage positive developments for women in employment in teleservices.

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Case 51  TARDIS (Targeted Delivery of Information and Services) (UK) 
A practical research project for providing access to information for disabled people. Well documented lessons to learn from plus a working model suitable for exploitation.

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Case 175  Naestved Info Society 2000 - Information Society development (Denmark) 
Establishing the Information Society in Næstved by extending Internet, rolling out a range of electronic services over the Internet, and encouraging the use of IT and the Internet through promotion and education.

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Case 127  Avanti- Adaptive and Adaptable Interactions to Multimedia Telecommunications Applications (EU) 
Development of a web-browser which can be adjusted to suit different needs (ie for disabled) and skill levels.

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Case 192  De@fAdults Lifelong Learning project (UK) 
Good working model of project to aid deaf adults that engenders confidence and pride through quality training and services. Includes way to use deaf teachers as role models.

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Case 421  DITIS (Cyprus) 
Using a combination of Internet and SMS messaging this project allows patient to be looked after at home for longer with the most up-to-date information and support available to carers in the field. Improved, and cheaper, health care!

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Case 446  Telework - Poland 
Polish portal supporting and promoting teleworking finds that it needs to help both the potential teleworkers and their potential employers.

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Case 53  CANS- Citizen's Access to Networks & Services (EU) 
Demonstrates how Multi-media telematics can be used by Local Authorities and service providers to support marginalised citizens within their community.

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Case 182  Dialogue - Information Society for disadvantaged groups (EU) 
Using existing ICT tools in an innovative way in schools leads to educational and other improvements.

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Case 475  E-Scholl’s as public access points to the Internet (Slovenia) 
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Case 187  E-work jobs in remote regions of Norway (Norway) 
Using telework to provide employment in remote Norway required moving and creating jobs as well as providing the infastructure and training.

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Case 45  eVienna (Austria) 
Establishing a municipal website for improved dissemination an local invovlement.

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Case 13  Gerontechnology (Netherlands) 
A national project to improve the design of products (including ICT tools) to meet the needs of the elderly. Key to its' success was the involvement of the elderly themselves. ICT also helped bring the various actors together

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Case 128  Iperbole Bologna Civic Network - Access for all (Italy) 
Municipal Intranet project that provided e-mail and Internet access to all citizens and improved local democracy, service provision, community involvement and ICT skills.

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Case 869  The citizens' information portal "Obcan.sk " (Slovakia) 
Well described example of a public/private partnership that launched and e-government portal (website) in 2003 for the benefit of citizens.

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Case 333  Ayuda Urbana (Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean region) 
Focused on urban issues and challenges in Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean region. Aimed to help cities improve their technical expertise and municipal effectiveness by connecting mayors and their staff to focus on pressing issues and challenges. Assumes that the reader is familiar with the concept of community of practice.

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Case 859  Babetko.sk - Web portal for child care and young families (Slovak Republic) 
The child care portal offering information about child care, social and legal advisory and exchange of experiences in this field.

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Case 387  Cisco Network Academy Romania (Romania) 
Description of how Romania used the Cisco training programme to upskill its base of network administrators in a cost-effective manner providing an International qualification to its' citizens. Includes Cisco case studies.

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Case 362  Telecentres to serve the local community (Hungary) 
Government led initiative which works well because it combines the discipline of quality control with local freedoms to adapt to real needs.

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Case 873  The “Chitalishte” project (Bulgaria) 
An attempt for strengthening the positions of a traditional cultural institution in Bulgaria

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Case 265  HERO - Health Promotion and Educational Support for the Rehabilitation of Offenders (EU) 
This is an ongoing project to develop, demonstrate and evaluate IST applications and services to promote the rehabilitation of offenders

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