Autism Inclusion in Distance Learning
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, has revealed many issues related to ASD students’ accessibility and inclusiveness. As a matter of fact, the use of typical education methods for ASD students has been proved 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 ASD-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 ASD 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 the purposeful use of digital technologies.