3. December 2020

International Day for People with Disabilities | International Conference

Today is the International Day for People with Disabilities.

The United Nations established this day world-widely in 1992. It is celebrated all over the world, promoting the understanding of disability issues and the mobilization for the rights of dignity and well-being of people with disabilities.

On the occasion of this Day, the project consortium of AMEDY hosted an International Conference on the topic of “Active Media Education for Youngsters with an Intellectual Disability”, which addresses the issue of safe use of the Internet and the right to inclusion in online social life for people with intellectual disabilities.

We were very honoured to welcome the European Parliamentarian, Mr. Stelios Kympouropoulos in our round, who highlighted the European perspective of inclusion and set people with special needs in focus.

Furthermore, we were very grateful and pleased about the contributions from Wouter Beke, Flemish Minister of Welfare, Family, Public Health and Poverty Reduction, Ulrike Peter, Central office for barrier-free information technology Bremen, Germany and Tom Degrie, who spoke about the importance of media literacy from the perspective of people with intellectual disabilities.

Next to these valuable inputs, the project consortium presented the results and products of the project – the online training, the support strategy paper and the toolbox for awareness raising – in three workshops.

We would like to thank all participants who joined us today for this successful event. Together, we can make a difference and stand up for more awareness and digital inclusion in the future.