Digi-ID PLUS is a trans-disciplinary (expertise in intellectual disability (ID), engineering, public health, inclusive education) project co-designing accessible digital skills training with and for citizens with disabilities and advocating for digital accessibility to enable and empower better health and inclusion. Engaging 500+ EU citizens with disabilities, families/carers and professionals to co-design our digital skills learning platform and advocate for digital accessibility. Vital to our project are EU Citizen Advisory Panels (CAP), experts-by-experience recruited to co-design our programme and training as our teachers. CAPs comprise citizens with ID/autism, with diverse ages, gender, socioeconomic backgrounds and digital skills levels. CAP members are trained to become teachers and are the face and voice of our accessible video platform DigiAcademy. Significant impact for citizens with ID/autism health, well being and inclusion reported and associated benefits for wider society.
Digi-ID Plus is a cross-European project exploring how digital spaces can be more inclusive with and by people with intellectual disabilities. Adopting a participatory action research methodology, the project was co-created and co-designed by a citizen advisory panel to plan and implement the project and develop solutions to digital literacy and the barriers that still exist in society. It impressed the jury by demonstrating how participants can be meaningfully included throughout citizen science and the positive impact it can have on those taking part as well as the wider impacts of the research.European Union Prize for Citizen Science Jury 2023 (Kat Austen, Lewis Hou, Pedro Russo, Andrea Sforzi, Stefanie Wuschitz). View full Statement here.
Co-funded by the European Union through the EIT Health Education Strand (2022-2024).
Esther Murphy (IE) is Principal Investigator for EIT Health funded “Digi-ID: accessible digital skills education programme for people with intellectual disabilities” at Trinity College Dublin School of Engineering. She holds a PhD in Disability Studies and MA in Intercultural Studies from Dublin City University, Ireland. With 15 years + experience in social science disability, mental health and inclusive technology research in academia, NGOs and collaborations with industry (created largest in kind partnership with Microsoft for Trinity College Dublin). With 50 + peer reviewed publications, and 50+ non peer reviewed reports and presentations for disability, education NGOs, government bodies and tech industry Esther is passionate about building trans-disciplinary citizen engaged research to co-create innovative impactful solutions to address societal challenges.