A few details.
The project “Digital Inclusive Tool” (Digitool) was collaboratively designed to train teachers (regular education / special education), to work with autistic students, using ICT. Through this training, Digitool will allow, indirectly, the training of autistic students to use these tools. Thus, it is proposed to design and pilot test, in Portugal, Spain and Italy, a new inclusive ICT approach in the scope of autism, which promotes the communication, socialization and learning of these students, enhancing their school success.
– Increase awareness for the investment in inclusive ICT literacy in schools, families and institutions as a tool that promotes learning, communication and self-determination of autistic persons;
– Increase awareness of the educational community for the need for capacity building of the educational contexts in terms of inclusive ICT;
– Increase awareness of organizations in the area of disability to promote ICT literacy;
– Increase the number of schools trained to work with autistic students through the access and implementation of the range of ICT resources that the project will generate;
– Possible impact at public policies’ level, through the awareness of political decision-makers, of the importance of investing in inclusive ICT as a “friendly” strategy of equity in learning”.
During phase 1, a roundtable of experts and a focus group will be held. These activities will be essential for listening to the participants regarding a previous selection of ICT tools that are intended to be used in the pilot course. A Learning Activity will be promoted whose objective is to enable partners to use the ICT tools selected for the project, from the user’s perspective, including the possibility of producing digital content adapted to autistic students. These activities will provide valuable input for the structuring of the course modules for teachers.
Based on the activities carried out previously, the collaborative design of the course modules will be carried out. The consolidation of the secondary partners (teachers) will also happen. The selection of autistic students who will participate in the practical component and with which teachers can test their learnings, is equally important. One of the essential parts of this phase, then, will be the implementation of the pilot course. Finally, national seminars will be organised to present the final results. As an integral part of National Seminars, an inclusive ICT event will be promoted.
The kit will be collaboratively structured as well as the user manual and the app. For the dissemination of good practices obtained in the project, a final video will be made. Under the coordination of Autism-Europe, there will be an International Seminar in Brussel. Another product of this project, will be a scientific article about Digitool. In the last phase, the dissemination plan of the results and impact of the project will be reviewed to ensure its sustainability.