ISEC – ADE
Accessible digital education for learners with autism and intellectual disabilities: Innovating solutions and enhancing educators’ competences
The education system is increasingly part of the digital transformation and can exploit its benefits and opportunities. However, it also needs to effectively manage the risks of the digital transformation, including the risk of an digital divide where certain people can benefit more than others. Amid the coronavirus pandemic, continued segregation of people with disabilities in education settings across Europe was exacerbated (EASPD, 2020).
This segregation is experienced particularly by learners with “invisible disabilities” such as autism, despite the enshrinement of the rights of persons with disabilities to an inclusive, accessible and high-quality education at all levels in numerous international treaties, including the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). It is imperative, that the educational needs of autistic learners are adequately addressed during the digital transformation in education, whatever their type of schooling. As digital learning has become a critical lifeline for education, there is growing awareness among many European Member States that educators need a set of digital competences specific to their profession in order to be able to seize the potential of digital technologies for enhancing and innovating education. In addition, teachers, special educators and other professionals working with learners with autism in digital environments, need autism specific competences, as well as tools for creating educational content accessible for learners with autism.
- When moving beyond the unplanned and emergency phase imposed on education systems and stakeholders, a strategic and longer-term approach to removing barriers to digital education for learners with autism is needed. In this direction, the main objective of the project is to reduce the digital divide in education for learners with autism. This will be achieved through:
Providing open access digital learning infrastructure (web app) accessible to learners with autism;
- Providing a platform for sharing open educational recourses created with the web app;
- Creating methodological guidelines for implementation of the digital tool for accessible and quality learning opportunities;
- Enhancing competences of educators by developing and delivering a master course on digital education for autism.
Title: Accessible digital education for learners with autism and intellectual disabilities: Innovating solutions and enhancing educators’ competences
Project Number : 2021-1-CY01-KA220-SCH-000027701
Implementation Period: 01/12/2021 – 30/11/2024
SHIPCON LIMASSOL LIMITED (CYPRUS- coordinator)
Center for Special Education Support “Dr Peter Beron” (BULGARIA- Partner)
D.A.D.A.A (Association of Parents, Legal Guardians & Friends of Children & Adults in Autism spectrum disorders and Aspergers’) (GREECE- Partner)
CYCLISIS – ASTIKI MI KERDOSKOPIKI ETAIREIA (GREECE- Partner)
Macedonian Scientific Society for Autism (NORTH MACEDONIA- Partner)
Research, education and support association Autism Institute – Skopje (NORTH MACEDONIA- Partner)