Organizer: Fundación Apip-Acam.
Collaborative institution: Ramon Molinas Foundation.
Implementation schedule: 01/07/2013 – 30/06/2014.
A project to reduce the digital gap of the collectives at risk of social exclusion
Ramon Molinas Foundation takes part in the program New Technologies and Social Exclusion driven by Fundación Apip-Acam, an entity committed with the society and that protects those people and families in need. The project has the will to take advantage of the positive traits of the new information and communication technologies in order to promote the social integration of the collectives the institution assists, and thus reduce the digital gap.
Fundación Apip-Acam has been years experimenting with the benefits computer networks provide. The users that were assisted at the different programs of the entity, who used computers with Internet access, were benefited. Given this circumstance, the action planned by Fundación Apip-Acam is to enlarge and adapt the stays for the access to computing in each of the centers of the entity based on the needs of the collective assisted.
The access to this service will be of great utility. It will serve to study, to access to the labor market, as a visual, auditory, or perceptual stimulation, or as an alternative system of communication. For the insertion and training centers of Fundación Apip-Acam, for example, this service will be indispensable in order to promote the digital literacy. The domain of Office (ofimática) is essential in practically any workplace. On the other hand, for people with a severe disability the experience with computing will be beneficial at a communicative level, or for visual stimulation, or to alphabetize. The finality of the intervention is to generate significant experiences of personal growth through the new technologies.
However, the program also has another aim: to create an extranet. In the first place, this tool will allow the creation of a data base with the profiles of all the users of Fundación Apip-Acam that will serve to provide them a personalized access to the service. In the second place, it will be useful as a communication tool between the families and the professionals of the residential centers for the disabled. The relatives of the users will have a private and personalized access, where they can keep a close relationship and participate in the day by day of the institution.
Apip-Acam, the union of two entities with the will to consolidate
Fundación Apip-Acam was born as the result of the union of two associations: Apip and Acam. Both entities, with an experience of more than 25 years each one in the associative network, decided to consolidate their structures with the creation of a foundation in order to perform with more capacity and professionalism.
The entity is committed with the society and supports those people and family in need, either socioeconomic, or of physical or intellectual dependence. The diversity of their users makes that Fundación Apip-Acam destines their resources to very different projects, such as: the adaptation of homes for elderly people with mobility problems, the occupational training of young people with labor integration difficulties, residential care and assistance of disabled people, the support to women at risk, or the social care of people with mental health problems, among many others.
The digital gap, a new way of social exclusion
The digital gap is a new way of social exclusion. It is the socioeconomic difference between the collectives that have access to the new communication and information technologies and those who do not. The aim of Ramon Molinas Foundation in the area of community action is to overcome this obstacle, above all in those collectives that already are affected by some physical, emotional or social limitation. People who suffer, in this way, a double social exclusion.
The reduction of the digital gap through the empowering of programs aimed to the learning of the new communication and information technologies provides effective skills and tools to the collectives at risk of social exclusion for their integration, both labor and social.
In Spain the digital gap is tangible. A research of the Instituto Nacional de Estadística (NSI) revealed that 27% of citizens between 16 and 74 years old had never connected to the Internet. However, no public establishment has segmented this figure based on the collectives at risk of social exclusion. Nevertheless, it is certain that the figure presented by the NSI would enlarge.
Links of interest:
Fundació Apip-Acam website.