York-based charity, Accessible Arts and Media (AAM), is launching a series of Digital Inclusion Workshops, as part of its AbleWeb York community media programme.
The workshops, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, will tackle digital isolation by helping local adults with additional needs to safely access online information and services.
Some information is now solely provided in digital format and, with the growth of social media, a lot of social interaction now also takes place online. For people without much experience of using the internet, accessing all of this information can at times feel overwhelming and challenging. This can lead to people feeling excluded from vital services, from family and friends, and from information on local activities and community news.
AbleWeb York is a vibrant community media training programme run for adults with disabilities and additional needs, offering training in computing and internet skills and in digital and social media.
The AbleWeb team runs an information website and works with local community groups to create films and radio broadcasts helping them to have a voice and promote the work they do. AbleWeb York also works with local volunteers, supporting different members of the local community to work together and support each other in a safe, inclusive and fun environment.
Creative director Rose Kent said: “It’s incredible to see how our AbleWeb team have flourished and grown in confidence as they’ve trained with us. They’ve got a real insight into how overwhelming digital technology can feel to people who haven’t been given support to access it.
“They also all have very different learning styles and information format needs. This makes them some of the best placed to understand and to provide the different styles of learning and training needed by other adults with additional needs.”
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