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EIT Health- Digi-ID (Digital skills education to support health and social inclusion for adults with intellectual disabilities)

Our project aims to address the challenge of digital inclusion and low usage of digital technologies amongst people with ID. Through a co-creation process with adults with intellectual disabilities we will develop an innovative digital skills education programme delivered via an accessible solution/app. E-health applications have become more prominent, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic. Without digital skills citizens with intellectual disabilities will experience much poorer health and wellbeing.  People with intellectual disabilities have high levels of communication difficulties, with one in three reporting difficulty when talking to their healthcare professionals. Therefore, the need for reasonable adjustment when developing any form of education is essential.
Our goal is to empower people with intellectual disabilities with the knowledge, skills and confidence to manage their health and social inclusion needs digitally to ensure they are not left behind in our digital age.

Digi-ID: Co creating an accessible digital skills education programme with and for people with intellectual disabilities. Sharing our story so far!

We are excited to invite you to join our online Zoom event to share with our community the Digi-ID co-creation story so far.

Date: Thursday 16th December 2021

Time: 11:00 -12:00 (Irish Time; 12:00-13:00 CET)

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Fantastic working with our Citizen Advisory Panel to co-create our new digital inclusion video

P.I. Biography

Research Fellow, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Dr Esther Murphy is TCAID’s Technology & Innovation Lead, developing TCAID as the national hub for technology and service partnerships through user involvement.
Esther holds a PhD in Disability Studies and MA in Intercultural Studies from Dublin City University. Esther has twelve years work experience in social science disability and inclusive technology research, teaching and practice in academia and non-governmental sectors. Previously at the Centre for Inclusive Technology and TCD’s School of Education Esther was Co-PI for an Erasmus + 2 year funded project ‘Digital Champions in Europe’ which led to the co-creation of a peer support platform for people with disabilities to enhance digital literacy and competence with assistive technologies. Esther also previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at TCD’s School of Education, supervising Masters in Special Education students and leading a range of inclusive education events; such as, the HEA funded inaugural digital inclusion workshop for students with visual impairment. Esther has also worked as P.I. for two Association for Higher Education Access & Disability (AHEAD) funded national projects; Giving voice to blind and visually impaired students transition experiences, addressing gaps in policy and provision (2014) and Mental Health Matters: Mapping Best Practices in Higher Education (2016) with the National Learning Network. Esther has also lectured and designed Research Methods modules for the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities.
Since Esther joined Trinity Centre for Ageing & Intellectual Disability in 2017 she has contributed to a number of national projects; HRB funded systematic review of the impact of desinstitutionalization on quality of life and costs for people with intellectual disabilities and NDA funded study on the impact of person centred planning on achieving social integration goals. Most recently Esther led a statistical analysis study of IDS-TILDA data to explore the relationship between technology and social inclusion.
Currently Esther is working on a partnership project with Stewarts Care Services to evaluate the use of a navigation app (Way2b) for adults with intellectual disabilities to enhance health and social inclusion outcomes. At TCAID Esther is also team member of 2 Health EIT funded EU consortia projects focused on improving physical and mental health of people with intellectual disabilities;  ‘GetWise to your Health’ and ‘SOOTHE’. For each project Esther has key responsibility for user engagement in the co-creation of accessible technologies. Currently Esther is leading the development of our “Let’s Stay Connected Campaign’ an initiative to support positive well being during COVID-19.
Esther is a current invited member of HSE’s Digital Strategy Collaborathon and The Irish Platform for Patient Organisations, Science and Industry (IPPOSI) Working Group to develop digital solutions for patient record management. Esther regularly presents research at national and international conferences, and is often invited to give guest lectures, recently presenting her digital inclusion research at Stanford University’s Neurodiversity Symposium. Esther recently won an Irish Research Council New Foundations Award as P.I to lead a project to explore questions of social and digital inclusion with people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland with the aim to provide preliminary data to develop social and digital strategies and interventions based on this research.

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