Persons with disabilities constantly face numerous challenges in exercising their rights, which are explicitly recognized in the United Nations International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, approved by the General Assembly in 2006 and ratified by Spain in 2008.
Many people with disabilities would not be able to overcome these personal challenges if they did not have the personal and professional support to face them.
Regarding the latter, there are grants that represent a transversal tool to achieve greater accessibility in different aspects of our lives.
Mobile telephony is one of them.
The usability of mobile devices is becoming more and more practical for our lives. It helps us organize ourselves, makes information accessible, including from a cognitive perspective, it allows us to interact with the physical environment, as is the case with NaviLens codes, for example, and it allows us to orient ourselves in space with navigation systems Global Positioning (GPS) among others. Using all of these options is part of the everyday actions that many people perform on a daily basis, but many other people need specific and customized training to understand how to use them and even to see how these digital tools can positively impact our lives Urban autonomy, our personal independence and our quality of life in general, creating more opportunities and experiences. EGALECO – Association for the Study and Educational Action has started a first training experience to adapt the content to people with intellectual disabilities, so that they can increase their knowledge of how to use their mobile devices and in particular the free application Google Maps, Orientation, Displacement and the Promote conscious and self-determined use of community services.
The initiative is coordinated by the FACILITA service – solutions for universal accessibility, through which EGALECO promotes actions that promote universal accessibility in all areas of our lives.
The organization B-Live is involved in the training and is funded by the European ERDF funds for digital competence and inclusion and the Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia.
The companies that will benefit from this first experience are PROMETEO from Torre Pacheco, DOWN LORCA from the city of Lorca, ASTUS from Cartagena and ASPAJUNIDE from Jumilla.