“Innovative use of ICTs for Accessible Education”
Action Line C3 Access, WSIS Forum 2012
UNESCO, in collaboration with partners, organized an interactive session to discuss how innovative technological solutions could provide new educational opportunities for persons with disabilities and what are the key challenges and barriers around the world that still limit the utilization of the ICTs and AT in educational settings.
The session focused on issues related to:
- ICT provided opportunities and key barriers to access information and knowledge for persons with disabilities
- Major findings of the research report on the state-of-the-art in using ICTs in education for persons with disabilities conducted by UNESCO.
- Impact of ICTs worldwide on education opportunities
- Creation of content in accessible formats and accessibility standards
- Accessible OER effort and the ISO SC36 work on accessible education
- Concrete examples of best practices of using ICTs in education.
The session concluded that ICTs can be a powerful and relevant tool in supporting education and inclusion for persons with disabilities. Speakers acknowledged that there are some good practices in all regions, but a consistent problem is the low ICT and AT literacy by not only students but also teachers. In addition, a data linking education and information policies to the use of ICT in education is lacking and limited access to training and learning materials in accessible and open formats is one of the key barriers to access education for students with disabilities. Lastly, there is still a disconnection in understanding of what it means to provide an inclusive education.
Speakers and presentations
Moderator: Mr Jānis Kārkliņš, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO
- WHY ICT ACCESSIBILITY MATTERS FOR INCLUSIVE EDUCATION
Mr Axel Leblois, Executive Director, G3ict - the Global Initiative for Inclusive Technologies, an Advocacy Initiative of the United Nations Global Alliance for ICT and Development
- Mr Olaf Mittelstaedt, Training and Technical Support Team, DAISY Consortium
- Ms Jutta Treviranus, OCAD University
- First findings – Opening New Avenues for Empowerment: ICT in Education for Persons with Disabilties
Ms Irmgarda Kasinskaite-Buddeberg, Communication and Information Sector, UNESCO