In the frame of the European project Mind Inclusion 2.0, at the end of November intellectually disabled individuals, caregivers, professionals and managers of public places participated in a 4th round of workshop sessions organised by the Spanish and Italian partners, the INTRAS Foundation in Valladolid, Polibienestar in Valencia, and Cooperativa Margherita in Sandrigo.
Everybody enjoyed a great time together in a variety of public spaces such as bars, museums, restaurants. Following feedback from the previous sessions, this round of meetings focused on evaluating the improvement of the prototype of the digital platform that the project is developing. The participants tested the latest version of the application. The aim was to take part in different exploration activities on the app while also discovering and learning about the services offered by the places they were in, and getting to know the opportunities that these places represent to participate and feel comfortable in public spaces.
The workshop leaders felt that this time the participants were much more focused on the goals of the project, and started losing the fear of doing something wrong or being judged on their performance with technology: encouraging people with cognitive disabilities to use technological tools and devices and providing them with appropriate guidance proves to result in increased confidence on their part.
The hope is that discovering public spaces using Mind Inclusion’s application will offer people with disabilities the possibility of increased and better inclusion into society, thus fostering an independent and inclusive lifestyle.
Mind Inclusion 2.0 wants to deepen the competencies of educators of disabled people across Europe and contribute to the sustainable and inclusive involvement of disabled people in the society. By using digital tools, it aims to create a bridge between the intellectually disabled people and public life.