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Social innovation initiatives for an inclusive society

SI-DRIVE’s empirical results were a central topic of the “Technology for Inclusion and Participation (TIP)” session at the “Human Computer Interaction Conference” in Vancouver on the 13th of July. The session was hosted by TU Dortmund University’s TIP-cluster.

Christoph Kaletka (sfs) and Ingo Bosse (Faculty of Rehabilitation Sciences) prepared the session for the HCI conference. The presenters discussed the role of new technologies for inclusion and participation  – and also the contribution social Innovations can make to a more inclusive society. After all, about 40% of all initiatives analyzed in the SI-DRIVE project work inclusively. The majority uses information and communications technology in order to reach a large target group or to make use of innovative pedagogic concepts. Such initiatives encounter driving factors as well as barriers on a regular basis. Christoph Kaletka presented the model of a four-layered ecosystem of social innovation. All drivers and barriers can be depicted, systematized and related in this model.

The other presentations also addressed the topic of technology and inclusion: Anne Haage highlighted the results of a study on the media use of persons with disabilities. Juliane Mühlhaus talked about game-based speech rehabilitation for people with Parkinson's disease, Matthias Hastall introduced an evidence-based and user-centered framework for health technology development and assessment. André Posenau discussed "Technology, participation and dementia - interdisciplinary perspectives on the care network". Except Posenau (Hochschule für Gesundheit | University of Applied Sciences, Bochum), all presenters work in TU Dortmund University’s TIP-Cluster, emphasizing the multiple (inter-) disciplinary research perspectives on technology for inclusion and participation.