Innovative Practices 2014 on Accessibility

Cooperation reduces (digital) complexity

The PIKSL laboratory aims to empower persons with intellectual disabilities to teach the use of PC and internet to the elderly and to cooperate with scientists. Together with research institutes they develop products which help to overcome digital barriers.

“The expertise of our team is always needed whenever our complicated world needs simple solutions.”

Tobias MARCZINZIK
About the practice at a glance
Name of Innovative Practice:PIKSL
Organisation:In der Gemeinde leben gGmbH
Country
of origin
Germany
Beneficiaries targeted Persons with mental disabilities
Approach/ model/ solution:Computer, internet learning laboratory; scientific research

FACTS & FIGURES

  • involved in 10 research and development projects
  • currently 2 inclusive training courses for elderly persons, free of charge
  • 60 persons per week use the laboratory facilities to practice
  • awards received:
  • Ausgewählter Ort 2012, “Germany – Land of Ideas”
  • Ort des Fortschritts in NRW 2012

PROBLEMS TARGETED

Persons with intellectual disabilities face digital barriers in nearly every move they make. They know exactly what is too complex to understand or too difficult to make use of and therefore are firsthand-experts in the digital divide.

PROJECT

In the PIKSL lab persons with intellectual disabilities learn to independently deal with computers and the internet. Using these skills they become excellent teachers for the elderly or for other persons with disabilities. They also partner with scientists, developers, and designers in order to create assistance tools, to simplify complex communication technology and to make it more accessible.

CURRENT SITUATION & OUTLOOK

The experts in the PIKSL lab are currently involved in 10 research projects to develop barrier-free products. In cooperation with the University of Applied Sciences Düsseldorf they developed a Content Management System (CMS) which is based mainly on symbols. It allows persons with disabilities to publish content in an intuitive way and enables everyone to express their thoughts on the web. It is one of the first CMS which has been co-developed by persons with intellectual disabilities. Another project is in cooperation with Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg to simplify trainticket, ATM vending machines. Embedding the needs of persons with disabilities in the development of future ICT leads to more simplification.

60_Project PIKSL_IN DER GEMEINDE LEBEN GMBH_FotoScreenshot of the Content Management System based on symbols and pictorial language.
CONTACT

Mr. Tobias MARCZINZIK
PIKSL-Labor, Erkrather Straße 107
40233 Düsseldorf, Germany
+49 211 60 20 789
Tobias.Marczinzik@igl-Duesseldorf.de
www.piksl.net

EXPERT VOTING

voted   top ‘liked’ by NGO voters.

Nominated by: Mr. Rolf DRESCHER, Bundesverband evangelische Behindertenhilfe e.V.

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