New Age of Teaching Methodologies for PWDs
No Pencils, Copybooks nor Books for Teaching Disabled It's ICT !!
ICTs have potential for making significant improvements in Inclusion, Development and Education of Children with Intellectual Disabilities.
One of the Intellectual disabilities who was enrolled in one of the IT courses answered when asked why he is doing this course: “I want to show the world that though it may be true that I am disabled, I am not disqualified”.
With the advent of information and communication technology (ICTs), new hopes are emerging for persons with disabilities. In spite of the huge challenges, sincere efforts are being undertaken to involve ICTs to counter issues around disability.
We need information and knowledge to get our basic needs met, make decision, move around, participate in education, social, economic and cultural activities.
ICT is of course an enabling technology and we should not loose sight of this fact. If it is not properly planned, managed and implemented, it might throw us into social gaps or the ‘digital divide’.
Opportunities for connecting special education teachers in educating individuals children With mild/moderate disabilities through ICT. ICT has been identified as an important aspect of the wider strategy for the social inclusion of students with intellectuall disabilties. We are working for promoting children with Intellectual disabilities through ICT and already reached to development programs for children with ( Down's Syndrome, Autism, Learning Disabilities, we invented special programs to train them through developing their skills by use ICTs
Raising awareness Family counseling Early childhood programs. Skills development and educational modules comprehensive developmental Training Trainers Develop training materials. Building training manuals
The strategy in our project involves implementing specialized computer programmes and models to enhance the capacity of mental disabled to share teaching and learning skills generated from, and shares successes (and challenges) gleaned from, fellow educators working with students with disabilities. Technology is used as a tool for PwDs - into society. Design new software for Intellectual chlidren in Arabic language. Design a learning profile of each student. Develop effective teaching techniques. Provide individualized instruction.To be effective Provide a structure for learning Build selfesteem of students with disabilities. Meet with parents to discuss their child's problems at school.and give the family sotware about Montossori at home. Design software for Down Syndrom children. The beneficiaries chlidren with Autistic spectrum disorders and Down Syndrome. Dyslexia. Physical Disabilities. Learning Disabilities. The role of ICT is promote to enhance teaching, learning and explore the following issues relating to how ICT enhances learning. The program study improvement the memory of mental retardation children by more 1000 questions and prompting, shaping, intelligence quotient (IQ) The program new at the local and Arabic region. This program used in more intellectual institutes. It's curriculum for 2 years. Also, we used the technology and programmed software: Programming "Teaching Montessori at the home" Program for studies of attitudes toward the mentally disabled. Program for Down syndrome children.
We are no longer a queer fish , we are gradually a deeply rooted base from special education teachers, volunteers and donor's, that would ensure strategy. We must seek to ensure that we create circumstances which enable everyone to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives without damaging the opportunities for future generations to do the same. We must work to: Development of students with mild/moderate through: Educate special education teachers. Increase education participation earnings and the quality of education for groups that experience persistent education barriers including disabled students. Improve overall education outcomes for students through extending sustainable education objectives. Encourage the development of a range of options recognizing the diverse needs of disabled people. Ensure disabled students have the same education and inclusion conditions. Make ICT methods offered to the general public available in formats appropriate to the different needs of disable students. We help more than 200 children and more than 400 families in our organization. We are taking into consideration that business market and linked activities in MENA region to achieve the MDGs. We have laid out lines for few precautions protective futuristic steps to ensure stability ,promotion and sustainability: Widening the range of investments. Diver in different business activities. Adopting income incurring businesses. Reserving some of the project revenues as a reserve budget for the partners. Adopting sales promotion and marketing strategy. Planning the use of any future donations and grants. Follow up , monitoring and evaluation for project. Expanding activities to other cities and getting them linked. Improving the methods and training causes though: Modular Training Material,Website.Effectiveness. The project will be powerful in supporting from international organization, governments, technical expertise, and/or knowledge sharing and networking experiences.
Throughout the this model, the use ICT for education, inclusion and development of mental retardation students needed to be looked at by policy makers, researchers/developers and information providers in more depth. These suggestions give an insight not only into areas of present and future need, but also into what the ICT in disabled people field may look like in the future if these practitioners’ requests are met. Requirements in terms of IT infrastructure development Internet Access, Compatibility/application issues, ICT provision : training, support and information. Lessons Learner In this area we explore practical examples of using ICT in MENA region to assist with the teaching of disabled students by help in identifying the most appropriate technologies for addressing individual needs, and suggestions on how these might be managed in educational learning, understanding of ICT and an awareness of the needs of learners with different disabilities. milestones and wins: 1) Finalist in ACCESS-IT 2009 Awards www.access-it-events.org/2009_access_it_awards.php 2) e-INDIA Awards 2008 – Telecentre Awards, Best Government initiative of the year, Ministry of Communications, Syria and the United Nations Development Programme for the Reefnet Project, Syria. http://www.eindia.net.in/2008/Awards/telecentre/Award_Winner.asp 3 Finalist Stockholm Challenge Award 2008 Project ICTs for Development in Special Needs Education http://event.stockholmchallenge.se/project/2008/Education/ICTs-Development-Special-Needs-Education http://event.stockholmchallenge.se/press-release/The-Stockholm-Challenge-Award-2008-announces-145-projects-in-six-categories 4- ICCHP 2008 Award "11th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs 9. – 11. July 2008 University of Linz, Austria My contribution entitled" Promote the use ICT in SNE" has been accepted for presentation and discussion at the consortium. My paper is one of eleven fine works to be presented at the consortium. http://www.icchp.org
Basically, our study was set as a pilot initiative to meet the accelerating needs of our society.
We have been shocked by the numbers of students with disabilities cases in our society especially in rural areas . For this reasons we had a daring decision to initiate a group of teacher and volunteers to combat this situation . We set out a plan ( already detailed in previous parts of this study ) and we look the measures and spent efforts to realize this move . We have realized remarkable impact, we can label our impact as satisfactory and convincing if not exceptional compared with the humble
facilities and support which have been given to us. Six inter-related barriers face through ICT can be identified:
• Lack of interest in education through ICT especially in MENA region and rural areas.
• Lack of awareness about ICT4D PwDs.
• Difficulty of access.
• High cost of ICT.
• Lack of training.
• Lack of on-going support
• Lack of teachers in disabilities programs
Grant: From Netherlands embassy in Syria, Preparing a Computer Centrum for Children with Intellectual Disabilities. Please find the link: