SHAPES Project

 

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Background information

In 2019 the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared 2020-2030 the decade of Healthy Ageing.

SHAPES is a broad initiative to encompass the needs and expectations of older adults, a population group that, according to the United Nations, grows 3% on average per year.

 

Current 25% of the population is represented by older people, according to the United Nations (UN). That’s why SHAPES project works on long-term sustainability of health and care systems in Europe.

SHAPES (Smart and Health Ageing through People Engaging in Supportive Systems) is an Innovation Action funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme involving a total of 14 European countries, including SHAPES’s member countries include Ireland, Belgium, Greece, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, United Kingdom, Sweden, Norway, Finland, and Germany.

SHAPES Large-scale Piloting campaign engages more than 2000 older individuals in 15 pilot sites in 10 EU Member States, including 6 Reference Sites of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) on Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA), and involves hundreds of key stakeholders to bring forth solutions to improve the health, wellbeing, independence and autonomy of older individuals, while enhancing the long-term sustainability of health and care systems in Europe.

It intends to build, pilot and deploy a large-scale, EU-standardised open platform. The integration of a broad range of technological, organisational, clinical, educational and societal solutions seeks to facilitate long-term healthy and active ageing and the maintenance of a high-quality standard of life. Mediated by technology, in-home and local community environments interact with health and care (H&C) networks contributing to the reduction of H&C costs, hospitalisations and institutional care.

This integrated IT platform will bring together user led digital solutions centred around the home and community to improve the health, well-being, and independence of people as they get older.

This platform will offer a network of digital services and products, that will empower older adults, families and caregivers, to solve real and meaningful problems. These solutions are intended for older adults facing physical or psychological impairments, but also to help those who are healthy to maintain their health and well-being for as long as possible.

SHAPES will foster European industry and policymakers to successfully face the challenges of an aging population. In addition, it will favour the development of value-based business models that focus on digital health and care solutions and services.

 

 

The SHAPES consortium is formed by 36 partners from 14 European countries

It is led by the ALL (Assisting Living & Learning) Institute at University of Maynooth, Ireland.

 

The project will last 48 months (from November 2019 to October 2023). These solutions will be tested by more than 2,000 older adults involved in SHAPES, to ensure that they are meaningful and suitable for users from different countries and cultures.

 It will involve the creation of a digital platform, as well as the development and improvement of 15 technological and social solutions. These solutions will be tested by more than 2,000 older adults across the countries involved in SHAPES, to ensure they adapt to users from different countries and cultures. SHAPES provides for the collection and analysis of participants’ health, environmental and lifestyle experiences, in order to identify needs and provide personalized solutions.

Apart from such EU wide interdisciplinary consortium with blended expertise, SHAPES will also involve hundreds of professionals from different areas of knowledge and practice, including health and social care, government, academia and industry. With an investment of almost 21 million €, SHAPES is a broad initiative to encompass the needs and expectations of older adults, a population group that, according to the United Nations, grows 3% on average per year.

Overall project value is of 20,944,318.75€ of which 18,732,468.25€ is direct EU contribution.

WFDB’s role in project

WFDB has different roles in the project which are, amongst others, to:

  • Bring to SHAPES the perspective of the deafblind community through consultations, focus groups, interviews, etc.
  • Coordinate and facilitate the participation of persons with deafblindness across Europe into the project, ensuring the diversity of the communication systems and accessibility needs is showcased
  • Contribute with the unique knowledge and understanding of persons with deafblindness and their diverse needs, when it comes to technology and accessibility, using the CRPD as a basis
  • Coordinate with WFDB members, including EDbU and other national or local organisations of persons with deafblindness the involvement of older persons with deafblindness in different indicatives such as workshops and pilot testing

General objectives

WFDB has different objectives in the project which are, amongst others, to:

  • Raise awareness on deafblindness as a unique disability and its diversity, as well as the red and white cane, communication systems, and importance of customised support and access to technological assistance and digital accessibility
  • Participate in the creation and testing of innovative technology improve the life of older persons with deafblindness and prevent isolation of persons with deafblindness, with better participation, integration and visibility in society
  • Ensure the overall accessibility and inclusivity of project, resources and deliverables, making sure they are inclusive of persons with deafblindness
  • Disseminate the results, data collected from the project and showcase the reality of older persons in Europe through different information channels such as articles and report, as well as social media, website, etc.

Project involvement in a nutshell

  • WFDB is involved in 7 out of 10 Work Packages (WP) and participates extensively in WP2 and in WP3
  • Within WP6, on the SHAPES large-scale piloting activities, WFDB participates in Task 6.8 focused on the mobility and accessibility of older individuals and in Task 6.10 addressing the inclusion element of the SHAPES solutions.
  • WFDB takes part in Task 7.2 on the socio-economic sustainability and funding models of the new health and care delivery in Europe, WP9 – Ecosystem Building and to WP10 – SHAPES Outreach and Awareness Generation activities

Examples of concrete outcomes

WFDB has carried out different activities since the start of the project, which include:

  • The creation of a fictional profile of a “persona” with deafblindness to reflect the reality of the needs of many older persons with deafblindness, which is used as an example to ensure the digital solutions and platform is inclusive of the deafblind community
  • The publication of internal reports highlighting accessibility issues and recommendations for SHAPES consortium on how to make information and events accessible for all
  • Drafting of assessments on SHAPES resources and all promotional materials such as website, newsletter, workshop, videos, flyers, etc.
  • Coordination of interviews and focus groups with persons with deafblindness to showcase the barriers and good practices in technology and accessibility
  • Published articles on topics such as the red and white cane and the importance of interpreter-guide services
  • Organisation of 1st technical workshop online on the SHAPES project with WFDB General Assembly representatives to ensure ownership in December 2021
  • Raise awareness beyond Europe on the SHAPES project in different events, for example a capacity building workshop on Deafblindness in Kenya in November 2021

 

The main barriers encountered so far include, in some cases, lack of awareness on what deafblindness is, its diversity, communications systems and how to meet their accessibility needs and requrements. Adapting technology and digital solutions to persons with deafblindness is key, and ensuring the inclusion of all disability groups, in line with the CRPD and that no one is left behind.

The future holds interesting prospects, including the 2nd SHAPES technical workshop in July 2022 in Geneva to test two digital solutions, as well as the integration of a section on older persons with deafblindness onto WFDB’s 2nd Global Report. Moreover, we hope to continue conducting field trips around Europe to collect data on the situation of older persons with deafblindness, and gather information on their needs, expectations and preferences, to later produce a manuscript. Moreover, we hope to slowly start engaging in in-person meetings with SHAPES partners, to strengthen collaboration and information exchange.  

SHAPES and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has :

  • Created opportunities to learn from the impact of COVID-19 on older people.
  • Created opportunities to build systems that centre around individuals living in their own communities and homes.
  • Contributed to the creation of forward looking public health policy – enabling prevention and improved management of health conditions.
  • Allowed solutions such as SHAPES improve the management of future global health crises.
  • Read the joint publication: COVID-19 as social disability – the opportunity of social empathy for empowerment

More information

 

EU reading

 

More information on the website for SHAPES

 

Overall project value is of 20,944,318.75€ of which 18,732,468.25€ is direct EU contribution.

WFDB’s role in project

WFDB has different roles in the project which are, amongst others, to:

  • Bring to SHAPES the perspective of the deafblind community through consultations, focus groups, interviews, etc.
  • Coordinate and facilitate the participation of persons with deafblindness across Europe into the project, ensuring the diversity of the communication systems and accessibility needs is showcased
  • Contribute with the unique knowledge and understanding of persons with deafblindness and their diverse needs, when it comes to technology and accessibility, using the CRPD as a basis
  • Coordinate with WFDB members, including EDbU and other national or local organisations of persons with deafblindness the involvement of older persons with deafblindness in different indicatives such as workshops and pilot testing

General objectives

WFDB has different objectives in the project which are, amongst others, to:

  • Raise awareness on deafblindness as a unique disability and its diversity, as well as the red and white cane, communication systems, and importance of customised support and access to technological assistance and digital accessibility
  • Participate in the creation and testing of innovative technology improve the life of older persons with deafblindness and prevent isolation of persons with deafblindness, with better participation, integration and visibility in society
  • Ensure the overall accessibility and inclusivity of project, resources and deliverables, making sure they are inclusive of persons with deafblindness
  • Disseminate the results, data collected from the project and showcase the reality of older persons in Europe through different information channels such as articles and report, as well as social media, website, etc.

Project involvement in a nutshell

  • WFDB is involved in 7 out of 10 Work Packages (WP) and participates extensively in WP2 and in WP3
  • Within WP6, on the SHAPES large-scale piloting activities, WFDB participates in Task 6.8 focused on the mobility and accessibility of older individuals and in Task 6.10 addressing the inclusion element of the SHAPES solutions.
  • WFDB takes part in Task 7.2 on the socio-economic sustainability and funding models of the new health and care delivery in Europe, WP9 – Ecosystem Building and to WP10 – SHAPES Outreach and Awareness Generation activities

Examples of concrete outcomes

WFDB has carried out different activities since the start of the project, which include:

  • The creation of a fictional profile of a “persona” with deafblindness to reflect the reality of the needs of many older persons with deafblindness, which is used as an example to ensure the digital solutions and platform is inclusive of the deafblind community
  • The publication of internal reports highlighting accessibility issues and recommendations for SHAPES consortium on how to make information and events accessible for all
  • Drafting of assessments on SHAPES resources and all promotional materials such as website, newsletter, workshop, videos, flyers, etc.
  • Coordination of interviews and focus groups with persons with deafblindness to showcase the barriers and good practices in technology and accessibility
  • Published articles on topics such as the red and white cane and the importance of interpreter-guide services
  • Organisation of 1st technical workshop online on the SHAPES project with WFDB General Assembly representatives to ensure ownership in December 2021
  • Raise awareness beyond Europe on the SHAPES project in different events, for example a capacity building workshop on Deafblindness in Kenya in November 2021

 

The main barriers encountered so far include, in some cases, lack of awareness on what deafblindness is, its diversity, communications systems and how to meet their accessibility needs and requrements. Adapting technology and digital solutions to persons with deafblindness is key, and ensuring the inclusion of all disability groups, in line with the CRPD and that no one is left behind.

The future holds interesting prospects, including the 2nd SHAPES technical workshop in July 2022 in Geneva to test two digital solutions, as well as the integration of a section on older persons with deafblindness onto WFDB’s 2nd Global Report. Moreover, we hope to continue conducting field trips around Europe to collect data on the situation of older persons with deafblindness, and gather information on their needs, expectations and preferences, to later produce a manuscript. Moreover, we hope to slowly start engaging in in-person meetings with SHAPES partners, to strengthen collaboration and information exchange.  

SHAPES and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has :

  • Created opportunities to learn from the impact of COVID-19 on older people.
  • Created opportunities to build systems that centre around individuals living in their own communities and homes.
  • Contributed to the creation of forward looking public health policy – enabling prevention and improved management of health conditions.
  • Allowed solutions such as SHAPES improve the management of future global health crises.
  • Read the joint publication: COVID-19 as social disability – the opportunity of social empathy for empowerment

More information

 

EU reading

 

More information on the website for SHAPES

 

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