Web 2.0 Supported Education Engagement, Informatio..
Web 2.0 Supported Education Engagement, Information and Advocacy for Disabled Learners
Start date: Dec 1, 2011,
The European Disability Strategy 2010-20 states that about 80 million people in the EU live with mild to severe disability with a 70% higher than average poverty rate. This project is motivated by the explosive growth of internet and social computing applications (collectively known as 'Web 2.0') which offer many new horizons and opportunities for learners with disabilities although their potential is still to be fully realised by the education and disability sectors. This project aims to contribute to developments in this field through its use of Web 2.0 to create a Virtual Hub, a set of accessible tools to enable people with physical and intellectual disabilities access real-time information and advice about learning and training opportunities available to enable then to bridge many of the barriers they face in participating fully in education and the labour market. People with physical and intellectual disabilities have a wide range of differing needs which can only be met by an equally wide range of provision, personalised to a particular individual. Even in small geographic areas individual learners can face a bewildering array of choices and learning providers are not always aware of what others are providing – this means duplication of effort in some cases and gaps in provision in others. Current paper and web-based directories are frequently outdated even before they are published. In the project’s Virtual Hub, learning providers will be given access to the website to update for themselves in real time and will use microblogging sites such as Twitter to provide immediate and detailed information about new developments. At the same time, volunteer digital advocates, drawn from disabled learners themselves will provide their own comments and reviews of learning services and provide mentorship for the use of digital media and the project to other disabled learners in their local community.
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