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SafeSurfing to be featured at ICT 2015 in Lisbon

Participants in the ICT 2015 event in Lisbon will have the opportunity to find out about data protection for people with intellectual disabilities and the SafeSurfing Project during an interactive networking session organised by Inclusion Europe and its partners.

ICT 2015 – Innovate, Connect, Transform, the largest European ICT event gathering more than 4000 participants, will take place on 20-22 October 2015 and will comprise a number of parallel activities, including a policy conference presenting the European Commission’s policies and initiatives on Research & Innovation in ICT, an interactive exhibition, as well as varied networking sessions.

Our session, organised in co-operation with the Able to Include Project will have an educational role, informing the wider public, as well as developers and policy-makers of the difficulties people with intellectual disabilities are facing when trying to access technological developments. We will engage participants as “testers” of our different tools. They will get to convert text into pictograms or into accessible formats, will discuss the dangers of the internet from the perspective of people with intellectual disabilities, and will try to come up with solutions to increase accessibility while minimizing risk.


Hear our Voices conference will have a workshop on SafeSurfing

“Hear our Voices” is the European Conference of Self-Advocates.etr
It happens every 2 years in different countries.

The conference will take place from 2 October until 4 October 2015.
The European Platform of Self Advocates (EPSA)
together with Inclusion Europe and FEAPS
are organising Hear our Voices.

Almost all speakers will be self-advocates.
The different topics are divided into workshops
on things that are important for self-advocates.

There will also be some more practical workshops on, like on:

  • Feelings and emotions
  • Making a video curriculum
  • Music and body language
  • Making easy to read material

One of the practical workshops will be about SafeSurfing.
We will show our videos
and talk about how to stay safe online.

The workshop will be very interactive
which means you will not just listen to a presentation
but will get do do practical things on tablets!

We hope many of you will be able to come!

The conference will not cost a lot of money.

European participants will pay 70 euros.
Spanish participants will pay 50 euros.
This will include 3 nights at the hotel, food and buses.

The registration is open NOW!
To register, you can click here.
To fine out more about the conference, you can click here.
We hope to see you in Madrid!


Online campaign sheds light on data protection concerns

From 1 – 5 December 2014, project partners ran an online campaign on their and Facebook and Twitter pages to better understand the challenges and concerns of people with intellectual disabilities, their families and carers  regarding data protection for this particular group. The five organisations posted one question a day, each in their own working language, using the hashtag #SafeSurfing.
Answers provided a glimpse into both the challenges and the opportunities facing people with intellectual disabilities using the Internet. For example, participants in the campaign shared concerns of having their bank details stolen, of unclear website terms and conditions and of not understanding the subtlety of language. Carers and family members of people with intellectual disabilities worried about online abuse and dishonest behavior, as well as about bullying and online predators. However, they also believed there is a fine line between keeping a person with an intellectual disability safe and invading one’s privacy. On a positive note, participants also commented on setting up and maintaining support groups on social media and making lasting friendships online.