International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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Today we celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. For us at Filisia, it is not just one day, but an everyday celebration!

On this occasion, we have prepared an overview of resources for education and workplaces that can foster inclusion and increase accessibility.

AbilityNet

First and foremost, make sure to look through the resources from AbilityNet. This service gathers outstanding accessibility specialists who share comprehensive knowledge on workplace accessibility. For example:

  • Series of free webinars, with the upcoming event on 14th December.
  • Factsheets with tips and tutorials on vision impairment and computing, how computers help manage stress, an overview of screen readers and many more.
  • You can also ask for free IT support at home. AbilityNet’s volunteers provide support to people with disabilities and elderly people.

Global Disability Innovation Hub

Furthermore, visit Global Disability Innovation Hub that addresses disability challenges and works on co-designing solutions and sharing knowledge worldwide, in countries such as Zambia, Malawi, Japan, Jordan and more. On their website, you will find the Innovation Action Insights podcast series exploring Assistive Technology, sustainability, Covid-19 challenges and more.

Make sure to go to the Publication page to find inspiring research on Barriers to Access and Retain Formal Employment for Persons with Disabilities in Bangladesh and Kenya. Knowledge sharing just jumped a level up!  

CENMAC

CENMAC is an excellent London-based service offering equipment loans to students to enable equal access to the curriculum and help them communicate easier with assistive technology. In their resources, one can find materials on Computer Accessibility, AAC, Assistive Technology, and lots of home learning resources such as social stories or topic Widgit symbols.

Cosmo Blog

On our Cosmo Blog, we regularly publish materials on inclusion and accessibility in education.


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Recently, we asked How to Approach Inclusion in the Classroom and discussed how to address bias and nurture inclusive behaviours. To build on that, we consider Tools to Create an Inclusive Classroom, where we look through the available apps that promote inclusion, such as Talk for Me or Sit with Us.

What we consider to be the groundwork for successful inclusion is promoting inclusive play from a very early age. In one of our latest blog posts, we discuss barriers to inclusive play, and how we can overcome them with the help of technology.

If you want to know more about using technology to foster inclusive play, make sure to check out our webinars, where we delve into different factors that make it so difficult. We look into what parents, carers and children say about it and how technology can help address those hurdles

What’s next?

If you want to talk about technology and inclusion, get in touch via contact form and follow us on social media for the latest news. 

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