ICT - Based Approaches to Support Learners with Disabilities

Ileana Hamburg, Sascha Bucksch

Abstract


Learners with disabilities do not have equal access to educational opportunities as a result of their learning difficulty, or exclusion factors arising from social disadvantage. Information and communication systems (ICT), existing supporting systems in schools and organizations and other approaches like mentoring are not efficiently used to empower people to integrate and decide what they need and like. Mentoring is a complex process involving not just guidance and suggestion, but also the development of autonomous skills, judgments, personal and professional mastership, expertise, trust and the development of self-confidence over the time. It is particularly important for people with special needs to support them in utilization of their resources (knowledge, skill, aptitude) and to socially integrate them also into the work society. In this paper experiences of the authors in European projects as well as work in progress in a new Erasmus+ project are described in this context. Best practices collected by the authors in order to be used in the work with people with disabilities will also be presented.

 

Keywords:Inclusive education, Inclusive ICT, Learners with disabilities, Mentors, Diversity, Accessible platforms, TikiWiki.


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