Local group joins internet initiative

An Eastbourne-based organisation that campaigns for inclusive design is the latest group to join a national initiative to help disabled people overcome the challenges of using the internet.

‘Eastbourne Designed for All’ launched last autumn and has already convinced some 25 local companies to commit to the principles of inclusive design – this is the design of mainstream products and/or services accessible to and usable by as many people as reasonably possible. Now it has become a partner of Go ON Gold, a project designed to help disabled people participate fully in an increasingly digital society.

Go ON Gold now hopes other organisations across East Sussex will follow in the footsteps of Eastbourne Designed for All’ and join the campaign to capitalise on the new awareness and understanding of equality issues generated by the success of the Paralympics.

Founder of Eastbourne Designed for All Tom Serpell said, “We believe that by devising services, products and facilities for everyone – including elderly and disabled people – we can all benefit.

“Whilst many of us are aware of the physical barriers faced by disabled people like lack of wheelchair access and ramps, the issues around getting online if you are blind or partially sighted, have a physical impairment or a learning difficulty, are less obvious.

“We are delighted therefore to spread the Go ON Gold message in Eastbourne and the surrounding area and raise awareness of the hardware and software adaptations and devices which can facilitate internet access.”

To find out about Go ON Gold and become a Digital Champion and help a disabled person to get online, visit: www.go-on-gold.co.uk