Testing the prototype: the 4th round of digital explorations for Mind Inclusion 2.0
In the frame of the European project Mind Inclusion 2.0, at the end of November intellectually disabled people, caregivers, professionals and managers of public places participated in a 4th round of co-design sessions organised in Spain by the pilot partner of the project, and in Italy and Lithuania by partners INTRAS Foundation, Polibienestar, Cooperativa Margherita and VILTIS.
The sessions took place in a variety of public places such as bars, museums, restaurants, where users tested the latest version prototype of the Mind Inclusion App that the project is developing.
The aim was to gather further inputs about the usability of the App, and evaluate if it is appropriate to get to know new opportunities around them and encourage their social inclusion.
The workshop leaders felt that with this new prototype of the App participants were much more focused on the goals of the project, and started losing the fear of doing something wrong or being judged on their performance with technology: encouraging people with cognitive disabilities to use technological tools and devices and providing them with appropriate guidance proves to result in increased confidence on their part.
The inputs gathered during the session are going to be used to further improve the App and create the final version of it. The hope is that the App can become a real tool in the hands of educators and people with disability to help them discover public spaces, rise awareness among public places owners and finally offer people with disabilities the possibility of increased and better inclusion into society, thus fostering an independent and inclusive lifestyle.