Over the last 12 months we’ve been putting our techie skills to good use to shake-up the way that digital inclusion for adults with disabilities is delivered across the Wigan Borough, as part of the Awards for All funded project, Digital Shake.
As we all know, the way in the media portrays people with disabilities is not always positive or accurate, so we thought we’d do something about it. Research has shown that newspaper articles that demonise or misrepresent people with disability have been on the rise in recent years. Certain parts of the press…naming no names…have focused on disability benefits and benefit fraud, and this has impacted on certain people’s perceptions of disabled people. That’s just ain’t cricket is it?
Digital Shake aimed to counteract this by providing opportunities for disabled people across Wigan to take control of how they are presented using digital tools and grassroots media production, distribution and exhibition tactics. Working with some bloomin’ brilliant organisations and groups, such as Abram Ward Community Cooperative, Embrace Wigan and Leigh, More Than Words, SK Independent Living Services and True Colours, we delivered short media production courses for adults with disabilities that aimed to develop a range of digital literacy skills and knowledge.
Ella, from Embrace Wigan and Leigh said that she “loved making up stories and recording them!”, and Rebecca, a staff member on the SK Independent Living Services project said “The best part was watching the group read their script over the recorder. It was a big achievement!”. On the various short courses, the participants produced multimedia content for an online magazine… And we think they did a cracking job! Hopefully this will be the start of a new way of thinking about digital inclusion and media advocacy for adults with learning disabilities and we’re proud to be leading the way!