The European Development Network Summit has shown its importance with the help of all of its members and participants of the Summit. During the Summit, 7 different consortiums for 7 different project ideas were established with the involvement of 37 institutions!
The European Development Network, together with its members, is preparing to bring these great ideas to life with the upcoming funding opportunities. The EDN continues to work hard to provide for its members, with the help of all! As we say here at the EDN,#bettertogether.
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People living with disabilities encounter obstacles on a daily basis that make the world less accessible. One billion people in the world have some sort of disability and these individuals must deal with physical barriers, discriminatory attitudes, and other challenges. Virtual reality provides opportunities for many for socialization, adventure, and experiences they may not in the real world.
VR technology completely blends in with our daily lives. Video games, the media, medicine, entertainment, education… But what is it exactly?
In its most basic form, VR is the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment. Unlike traditional user interfaces, VR places the user inside an experience. Instead of viewing a screen in front of them, users are immersed and able to interact with 3D worlds. By simulating as many senses as possible, such as vision, hearing, touch, even smell, the computer is transformed into a gatekeeper to this artificial world.
VR is allowing people to do things they would otherwise never be able to do.The potential is there for even greater accessibility to virtual environments for disabled users, however, but first we need to create tools that enable them to participate without barriers. Based on all this, The project “Social and Physical Inclusion of Paraplegic Youth by Using Virtual Reality”, shortly VR4Inclusion aims to empower young people with SC paralysis to become involved in social life and support their self-sufficiency. This goal was achieved by combining technology and sports. Three VR (virtual reality) mobile apps have been created to help them overcome spinal cord paralysis.
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Play testing was conducted as a part of a social inclusion event, in which disabled young people participated as well as non-disabled people, who got together to play the games and share their opinions.
Refugees and migration are controversial and polarising topics across Europe. However, increasing diversity is a reality that brings opportunities and challenges. Instead of deepening the division on the topic, more than ever constructive dialogue is essential. Moreover, today (young) refugees are a part of society. To overcome the growing tension in society and to seize opportunities, youngsters have to work together to design the solutions of tomorrow.
PeaceCraft project, a best practice that took place in Flanders, Belgium and was executed by !DROPS and U Move 4 Peace, the socio-artistic component of the peace movement Pax Christi Vlaanderen. Both organisations started this project from the realisation that youth workers (and teachers) lack the tools to engage in a meaningful debate about refugees.
“On March 7-8, 2020, Erasmus Plus (KA3) Structured Dialogue: Local Workshop of the “Young Ideas Sustainable Cities” project was carried out within the scope of the “Meeting Between Decision-Makers in Youth and Youth” program. Speakers, panelists and participants have worked in different workshops and produced the Solutions Policy for Sustainable Cities for 2 days on what is a smart and sustainable city, the features required for a city to be sustainable, examples of smart cities from Europe and the World.
EDILocal Workshop of the “Young Ideas Sustainable Cities” Project
Another KA2 project by EDN members has kicked-off. European Development Network members keep on creating and providing more projects! ”Peace Craft” project is coordinated by iDROPS (Belgium) and is about creating opportunities and inclusion for immigrants.
”Peace Craft” kick-off meeting was held between 6-7 March. The project is one of the many on-going projects proudly created and partnered by EDN Members.
European Development Network keeps creating more innovative and creative projects! Keep following us for many projects to come.