Bridging the Digital Divide A Barrier Free Approach, David Banes, Director of Development, AbilityNet


First 5 minutes of the presentation I thought: What I am doing here? David Banes was telling audience about problems of disable people with accessing new technologies. My organization does not have resources and knowledge to start helping disable people, I thought. I could not be more wrong.

During the presentation I understood that even so small organization as mine can start to work with people that for example cannot leave their home. We only need Skype to start helping. Mostly from what I understood, AbilityNet, organization for which Mr. Banes works for, trys to find simple and cheap ways to help disable people. For example program My computer My way. Starting from setting most basic defaults on the computers, through advising how to use mouse and keyboard we can shift people skills to higher level.

I will not mention here all problems and all solutions. I have attached power point presentation so all of you that are interested could go into details by our self’s. Additionally in the presentation we can find links to different websites where are tones of information about their work. For those that will not have time to go through all of them, I encourage to go at least to http://www.youtube.com/user/abilitynet.

After watching movie Talk Given With The Eyes Only i understood what Mr. Banes try to show us with the presentation. Mostly there are already technologies which make our lives easier. There are technologies with which we can help others. All we need to do is just look around and we can find the solution to a problem with which we are fighting.
Vienna Workshop Nov 2008.pptx

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Comment by Lize De Clercq on December 1, 2008 at 9:45
Cool, Andrzej. For making the pictures smaller and on the left or right you should make sure you flag "Wrap text around image" and "Create thumbnail". I also found out that changing the 300 pixels to 200 gives the best result. I did it like that in this blogpost and it worked without going to the html code.
Comment by Andrzej Surowiński on November 30, 2008 at 18:22
Thanks. It is all thanks to Your blogging tips. I could not do anything without them.

Tags I will fix in a sec. When it comes to uploading a photo I did like You said and it didn't work. I had to go to html text and fix it manually. I maid it smaller now. Hope You like it ;-).
Comment by Lize De Clercq on November 30, 2008 at 16:45
Great Andzrej, if blogging would be a profession, I guess this is what professional conference blogging should look like: linking to names, sites, tools, videos, adding files.... I just enjoyed so much reading this post, as I am stucked here at the booth and haven't followed any of the workshop presented by telecentre-europe members like David Banes. VERY interesting what was said there, thanks for sharing this.

PS Just some little beauty mistakes:
- Can you edit the tags and put the multiple words between quotation marks, so that nice links are created?
- And maybe you could put your picture somewhat smaller, as I showed you during our briefing this morning?

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