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DICE to be presented at 13th AAATE Conference

Our paper “DigiPlace4all: an online peer support community for digital skills” has been accepted by the AAATE Scientific Committee for Full paper (AT-Practice Track). As a direct result, DICE will be presented at the 13th AAATE Conference in Budapest, Hungary on 9-12 September 2015.

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The slogan of the AAATE 2015 conference is: “Attracting new areas and building bridges”. It means: creating an opportunity for Eastern-European experts to join the conference series by bringing it close. On the other hand we would also like to invite those experts, who are responsible for the training of the future specialists of the field.

DigiPlace4all demonstrated at the AHEAD conference on Universal Design for Learning in Dublin

The 2015 annual conference of AHEAD (the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability) took place in the historic surroundings of Dublin Castle on March 19 & 20. Mark Magennis partnered with NCBI service user Dane Chan to introduce and demonstrate the DigiPlace4all online peer support community website.
With a conference theme of “Universal Design for Learning: A License to Learn”, the audience consisted of around 150 professional educators, disability support workers, academics, students and policy makers from Ireland and many other European countries.
Dane Chan is a blind third year undergraduate in Software Engineering at Dublin City University and one of the first DigiPlace4all Champions in Ireland. Having faced and overcome many challenges to reach and progress in third level education, including many digital challenges of accessing online lecture materials, library catalogues and other services, Dane is now very keen to support other blind students in doing the same.
In their presentation, Mark and Dane described the main features of DigiPlace4all including how to request and offer on-to-one peer support. Dane talked about how DigiPlace4all enables him to use his experiences to support other visually impaired students and demonstrated posting a request live, using his screen reader.
The presentation was very well received and there was interest from inability support workers in Sweden to export DigiPlace4all to that country. Follow-up discussions are in progress.
See a video of the AHEAD conference presentation.

DICE project presented at the European fair in Plovdiv

The 4th European Fair of social economy enterprises took place on 26-29 March, 2015 in Plovdiv. Interprojects Ltd. participated with its own stand at the exhibition, where visitors had the opportunity to learn about the training materials developed in the framework of international initiatives funded by the Lifelong Learning Programme.

Visits to our stand exceeded 250 a day, and among the projects of great interest was DICE and in particular the created portal for communication and mutual support between people with disabilities and the so-called champions in the field of digital technology. Disabled people themselves who visited our stand said they would register in the portal and would use its features as for them it is a chance to gain practical advice and support from their peers with more knowledge.

The exhibition was accompanied by thematic roundtables and discussions. In addition, visitors could ask questions and commented on the content of the presented on the stands goods and services. During the four days of the exhibition the team of Interprojects Ltd. answered numerous questions in relation to the opportunities for registration and use of the features of the portal Digiplace4all.

Among the most frequently asked questions were whether users could enjoy free consultation and how long the portal would function. A number of registrations and requests for support were made in the portal after the end of the Fair.
Overall, these four days were a period of many fruitful contacts, which certainly expanded the list of the stakeholders who will in future be included in the project activities and contribute to the promotion of its results.

DICE on the Fully Abled Student in Kraków

Entrance eventThe 8th edition of the Fully Abled Student Conference was held in Krakow from 29-30 October 2014. The yearly event, organized by the Foundation Institute for Regional Development (FIRR), gathers representatives of universities from Poland as well as non-governmental organizations, government institutions and politician. Among various presentations concerning challenges and good practices connected with life of student with disabilities on the 30th of October, there was also a Dice Project presentation. The presentation focused on the introduction of the DigiPlace4All platform.
Audience of eventMs. Kinga Dumnicka and Ms. Małgorzata Polak talked with great enthusiasm about the idea of peer to peer support. This type of support is the essence and heart of project and the related platform.
The DigiPlace4all portal will be enhanced with access to social media and user generated content to create a dynamic community based on close, direct relationships among people with disabilities, coaches and teachers, and employers.
Presenters Ms. Kinga Dumnicka and Ms. Małgorzata Polak With this tool, people with disabilities will have the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and get information on the latest accessible technologies. Creating such a network of mutual support will reduce the problem of the digital exclusion of people with disabilities. The presentation ended with showing the promotional video.

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