The Post Office has become the 50th organisation to join Go ON Gold, the national initiative to raise awareness of challenges faced by people with disabilities in accessing digital technologies.
Sense, the national charity which supports deafblind adults and children, is the latest organisation to team up with our national initiative aimed at helping disabled people get online and use computers.
The iconic charity Guide Dogs has become the latest partner to join the Go ON Gold Campaign. The organisation is the world's largest breeder and trainer of working dogs and has helped more than 29,000 people achieve life-changing independence since it was founded in 1931.
UK adults with a disability are three times less likely to have used the internet than those without a disability, a report from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has shown.
The figures in the latest Internet Access Quarterly Update show that at the first quarter of 2013, there were 3.7 million disabled adults – as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act – who had never used the internet, representing 32% of all adults in the UK with a disability. For more information on this.
Earlier this year, 9 May marked the second Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), an event that aims to encourage people who design, develop and build websites to think about the accessibility of their web pages for disabled computer users.
Erik Weihenmayer has climbed Mount Everest and descended Mount Elbrus, the highest peak in Europe, skiing to base camp. Now he is preparing to ride the rapids of the Grand Canyon’s Colorado River in a kayak. Extreme challenges, but for Weihenmayer, the level of difficulty is different: he is blind, after contracting retinoschisis at the age of three.
Libraries have a vital role to play in promoting digital inclusion in the community by offering free or cheap supported access to computers and the internet, so Go ON Gold is delighted to welcome the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP) as one of the campaign’s latest partners.
A smartphone designed for elderly people has been developed by global technology company Fujitsu, and will be released in France in June, in a move which might signal future UK development.
Age UK’s annual Internet Champion award recognises older computer users whose lives have been improved by using the internet, and who can hopefully inspire some of the five million people in the UK aged 65 and over who have never been online.
A touring digital inclusion project that helped residents in five cities across the UK, including hundreds of elderly people, to increase their computer skills by touring around the country in a portable cabin, is looking to start up again during 2013.