In public debates, Inclusion is well known as an important keyword. We also ask ourselves, how Open Learning can be realised in an inclusive society.
Therefore we, Matthias and Judith, participated in the Inklusionscamp in Hamburg, where people of different fields met to talk about inclusive learning and inclusive living as well as to learn from and with each other. Society as a whole is in charge of the realisation of inclusion and we also want to educate ourselves in this topic. Our special interest at the barcamp were the sessions in the subject area of digital inclusion. Hereinafter we shortly describe our two favourite sessions.
Session 1: Inclusion in media
I mostly enjoyed Michael’s Session entitled Inclusion in Media. At first we discussed, what Inclusion implies for us. The participants mentioned for example unconditional participation from the beginning, living with each other, treating one another respectfully and diversity.
Not to handle people with disabilities with kid gloves is in our opinion also an important aspect of inclusion, which was mentioned in the session.
Background of the session is the notice, that in media people with disabilities are often presented biased. The webpage leidmedien.de describes and discusses this topic in detail. Michael collected some positive examples for reports about disabilities in media: The broadcast selbstbestimmt! (MDR), the magazine Sehen statt Hören (BR) and the broadcasts 37 Grad , Menschen unter uns and Schau in meine Welt. All these broadcasts report on the topic of disabilities without stigmatizing.
The group distinguished if you report on the topic disabilities it is particularly important to not focus disability and to let people with disabilities participate and cooperate in the whole process. Michael also points out that you should not loose humour – though there is a fine line between humour and making fun. His advice: Always and necessarily talk to the people, ask them about their opinion and let them decide.
Unfortunately these shows are broadcast in marginal times – very late in the evening, at night or on Sunday mornings at eight. Accordingly, their range of influence is low and only those people who are anyway interested in the theme are reached. They record the shows or search particularly for them in the online media centers.
Television transmitters seem to prefer broadcasting other contents at the primetime. The inclusive contents haven’t completely arrived at television yet.
Session 2: #EdisLondon
The touching second session was #EdisLondon hosted by the wonderful Edi and his friend Laura. They told about a shared trip to London and remembered the barriers and funny everyday life happenings in the life of a deaf-blind person. Laura translates our questions for Edi in Lormen – even seeing that, was a great experience.
We were also impressed how they communicated their trip over Twitter using #edislondon. Their experiences have been made accessible for a new potential audience. You can read about their experiences in London on Twitter: Twitter-Suche nach #edislondon.
This example also shows, how communication tools like Twitter can set a focus on special challenges of deaf-blind persons and how you can easily get an insight of other peoples everyday life.
We would also like to thank all the participants of our session. We brainstormed the idea of an accessible open online course on the topic of digital inclusion
You find the the records of all sessions here.