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Autism Inclusion in Distance Learning

Short Description

Although major progress has been made in educational institutions toward Digital transformation, both students and educational staff are facing difficulties. Unfortunately, the attempts for Inclusiveness, and Innovative teaching practices, that are widely used in Distance Learning (DL) during the pandemic, have revealed many issues related to Autism students’ accessibility and inclusiveness. As a matter of fact, the use of typical education methods for students with autism has been proven to be a major problem from kindergarten to higher education.

The arisen issues become even more critical due to the fact that educational institutions are willing to continue many courses in DL, and even in the after-pandemic era, DL will be one of the major educational services. Hence, the Autism-IncluDi project is addressed to special needs educators, parents and to their children with special needs, aiming to tackle the barriers that Higher Education (HE) students with Autism face while participating in DL. Evidently, this will be achieved by increasing the capacity of HE institutions towards DL, the development of DL digital pedagogy, and the expertise and purposeful use of digital technologies.

Project Coordinator
University of Macedonia
Contact: Nikolaos Achantidis
Email: nfachantidis@uom.edu.gr
Project Partners
A & A Emphasys Interactive Solutions Ltd
Contact: Athos Charalambides
Email: info@emphasyscentre.com
Atlantis Engineering AE
Contact: Cosmas Vamvalis
Email: chairman@efnms.org
Rezeknes Tehnologiju Akademija
Contact: Dr. Gilberto Marzano
Email: gilberto.marzano@rta.lv
Agrupamento de Escolas José Estevão
Contact: Fernando Delgado Pereira dos Santos
Email: geral@aeje.pt
Autisme-Europe AISBL
Contact: Aurelie Baranger
Email: aurelie.baranger@autismeurope.org
Maria Grzegorzewska University (APS)
Contact: Professor Diana Aksamit