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EU4ALL

The EU4ALL project (European Unified Approach for Accessible Lifelong Learning, IST-2005-034778) is a European project under the 6th Framework Program, within the FP6-2005-IST-2.5.11 eInclusion research objective, coordinated by the National Distance Education University (UNED), in Spain. Although in the e-Inclusion area, it fully focused on technology applied to education. In particular, it addressed the needs of Accessible Lifelong Learning at HE. EU4ALL is a 48-months (finally extended to 54, from October 2006 to March 2011) integrated project which involves major stakeholders on both the demand and supply sides

ict4aLL
  • The ICT4IAL project (Jan2013-Dec2015), coordinated by the European Agency for Development in Special Needs and Inclusive Education (http://www.european-agency.org/agency-projects/ict4ial), will:

  • Raise awareness and increase the visibility of the issue of accessible information provision and its relevance for equitable lifelong learning opportunities;

Support accessible information provision within organizations through the development, trialing and evaluation of guidelines that build upon already existing work in the field (notably the i-access project recommendations).

edda

The EDDA project (Adapting learning materials to make them accessible to learners who are blind or have visual impairments while retaining the original level of instruction). The context for the use of ICT for Inclusion (https://www.european-agency.org/sites/default/files/Netherlands_exa-2.pdf). The EDDA Project is responsible for providing learning materials that are optimally accessible for pupils with severe visual impairments, and provides tailor-made advice, according to the pupil’s potential. ‘Optimal’ refers to materials that are technically and didactically appropriate to the pupil’s developmental age.

The EDDA project will adopt guidelines for:

  • Technical adaptation of written learning materials and technical adaptation of digital learning materials.

  • Didactic adaptation of written learning materials and didactic adaptation of digital learning materials:http://www.project-edda.nl/ (in Dutch).

quatrain

The QATRAIN project (Quality Assurance and Accessible Training: http://www.qatrain.eu/. It is a Leonardo da Vinci funded project that aims to help remove barriers to participation for disabled people in mainstream Vocational Education and Training (VET). This transnational project, with partners in the UK, Bulgaria, France, Greece, and Poland, helps VET providers to develop a more inclusive approach to the design of teaching, learning and assessment strategies through the development of a web based resource that provides Strategies for Creating Inclusive Programmes of Study (SCIPS): http://www.scips.worc.ac.uk/browse.html

ettad

The ETTAD project (Enabling teachers and trainers to improve the accessibility of adult education, 134653-LLP-1-2007-UK-GRUNDTVIG-GMP). The project has produced a web-based resource for teachers and trainers that identifies potential challenges that disabled learners might experience in engaging with their courses. The resource also offers strategies and recommendations for adjustments to practice. Such strategies/more inclusive practices enable disabled learners to overcome these challenges and this allows them to participate more fully in adult education Best practice guide available in English, Bulgarian, Greek, Romanian and Turkish: http://uk.ettad.eu/understanding-disability

eupd

The EUPD project: European Project High education for people with disabilities, POSDRU/86/1.2./S/6395: http://eupd.ro/ . Title Development and implementation of an integrated pilot program for providing increased access to higher education for people with disabilities). Results :  design of a curriculum for a mentorship educational program for training academic staff from higher education institutions to work with disabled people: http://eupd.ro/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Curriculum.pdf (Romanian only) including definition of disabilities, national actual legislation regarding people with disabilities, examples of best practices, etc. Another important result of the project includes a set of guidelines for adapting “traditional” teaching materials for learners with disabilities or special needs: http://eupd.ro/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Modalitati-de-conversie-a-materialului-didactic.pdf (Romanian) .

STEM

STEM Learning and Teaching Reconfigured, Maximising the potential of students with a visual impairment: http://stem.ecs.soton.ac.uk/.

This collection of resources aims to demonstrate ways to help academic staff members to support visually impaired and blind students who join Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses. It has been developed following support from the South West Spoke of the National HE STEM Programme.