Steffi is committed to supporting low-literate people in an increasingly complex world. This is achieved by giving everyone the opportunity to independently search for relevant information on any topic. The idea was developed in the Netherlands. Content on this site was adapted for use in Canada.
A pilot project
Everybody has a right to clear information, especially during a pandemic. Online information about COVID and other health topics can be difficult to understand. That is why avatar Steffi explains things in a clear and easy-to-understand way. Steffi was originally developed by the social enterprise Leer Zelf Online, in the Netherlands, Europe.
The Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH, Toronto) and Surrey Place (Toronto) are exploring how Steffi works in Canada. This website was developed as supporting online course material for the project “Addressing unmet and emerging health needs of Canadian adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families during COVID-19”, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR, operating grant FRN #EG2 179428).
The concept for Steffi is developed and owned by the team at Leer Zelf Online, a social enterprise in the Netherlands. Together with subject matter experts and people with lived experience they develop easy-to-understand websites and make life a little easier for many. More than 3 million people visit the combined platforms of Steffi in the Netherlands each year.