Supporting disabled people to use digital technologies
Communities 2.0 can help disabled people, and organisations that support disabled people, to make the most of the web.
The web can provide many benefits for disabled people, such as increased contact with friends and family; learning and employment opportunities; use of money-saving websites and, access to online public services. It is also important that digital technologies are made accessible to disabled people; so that they can make best use of websites and equipment that they want to use.
Communities 2.0 can provide support to groups and organisations that support disabled people in a variety of ways, including:
- Setting up a website
- Getting more from social media, such as Facebook and Twitter
- Advice about new computers or other hardware, including accessible technologies
- Helping disabled people in your community benefit from technology
- Training to staff, volunteers and board members
We can provide direct support to disabled people, through a number of the organisations and initiatives that we work with, in North and West Wales, the South Wales Valleys, Bridgend, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea.
We can help to provide IT classes and taster sessions, to help IT beginners and those that want to increase their skills. We also want to make learning fun and can provide classes on digital creative media, such as animation and digital storytelling.
Some of our work with disability organisations has included:
- Helping to develop the e-nable initiative, that is supporting disabled people in parts of Blaenau Gwent to use the internet
- Helping the Digital Accessibility Centre and Not Just Nuts to develop as IT-based social enterprises
- Running IT classes and taster sessions with mental health service users, through various organisations
- Taran Disability Forum on Anglesey has been supported by Communities 2.0 to deliver ICT training to people with physical and learning disabilities. Communities 2.0 has also helped to develop a website for Taran, than can be managed by staff and volunteers.
- Physically Impaired People of Pembrokeshire Association has been supported by Communities 2.0 Circuit Riders to develop an online forum for people to discuss disability issues.
- Working as part of the Wales eAccessibility Forum and creating the website eaccessibilitywales.org.uk
If you’d like to learn, or help other people learn, about digital technologies or build upon their ICT skills, get in touch with us.
Abilitynet (external website) – making your computer easier to use
BBC accessibility (external website) making the web easier to use