Digital Equality for all Ages UN International Day of Older Persons
The EU funded project 814249, Disability Advocacy Research in Europe (DARE) and the Centre for Disability Law and Policy (CDLP), NUI Galway were delighted to celebrate the UN International Day of Older Persons. A webinar was held on Friday 1st October at 12 -1pm (Irish time).
The theme for 2021 was “Digital Equality for All Ages”. This interactive webinar focused on the inclusive need for access and meaningful participation in the digital world of older persons with disabilities, particularly in light of the exponential growth of digital platforms. In doing so, this will explore how we live, work and related to one another in a digital age.
Speakers included: Professor Kieran Walsh, Professor of Ageing and Public Policy (Economics) and Director of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology, NUI Galway; Helen Rochford Brennan, Advocate for Persons Living with Demetia and Dr Nena Georgantzi, AGE platform Europe. The session was chaired by Ainsley McLean Early stage Researcher (ESR), NUI Galway. Here is the link to the event.
DARE presentations at the European Sociological Conference 2021
María Gómez-Carrillo, DARE ESR 6, presented her PhD project advancements at the ESA Conference 2021 (31 August – 3 September). She was part of a panel on co-designed research with other researchers from Spain and Portugal. Together with the other panelists, she discussed common barriers to participatory research: lack of funding, difficulty reaching out to marginalised populations and challenges in delegating tasks and power sharing. Ethics concerns were also discussed. The public was very interested in her way of recruiting co-researchers, as she offered her services as researchers to people with disabilities and DPOs.
On the same date, María’s co-researchers from Madrid presented their initial findings on the impact of covid on the lives of people with disabilities. Their findings fitted well with another more general study presented on the same panel, which covered the effects of the pandemic on society. The team highlighted the fear of people with disabilities of covid as well as the disruption covid and the safety measures on their social relations and daily routines. Many of the people interviewed stated that it had been over a year and a half since they had seen friends or partners.
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