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One out of every six people in the world, approximatelly 1 billion people, has a disability. Many of those who are of working age not employed and since they often face with the lack of access to education, training and employment, a big majority of them live below the poverty line.

They mainly suffer from;

  • Lack of education, while all the children in rural areas suffer from limited resources available for education, disabled suffer more because the available resources are not channelled to them.
  • Lack of vocational training and employable skills, especially for disabled women, lack of access to vocational training creates barriers when looking for a job. Trainings available to them are out of quality and the exclusion of disabled from these is a fact.
The barriers are: high fees; low accessibility of training centres for the ones with physical, hearing, visual and intellectual impairments; communication problems for especially those have hearing impairments; lack of access to information about available trainings.

Other lacks for participating in vocational training are; training materials in Braille, assistance in the form of special needs teachers, basic education or quality of education, sign language interpreters, and suitably-trained teachers.

  • Changing labour markets, the jobs previously available to disabled are getting disappeared as a result of new technology which eliminates the labour intensive tasks. New work related principles are necessitating higher level of skills and already disadvantaged people fall far behind.
  • Employers’ negative attitudes and perceptions about disabled people.
To address some of the issues above and contribute to inclusion of children and adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities, IIDICT project aims to identify and develop relevant ICT solutions to overcome challenges they face.

Towards this aim, specific objectives of the project are;

  • Exchanging practices and experiences with disabled vocational education online;
  • Identifying and analysing best-practices and current solutions;
  • Understanding and mapping the specific needs of target groups;
  • Developing and pilot testing relevant ICT or e-learning solutions.
A participatory approach will be adopted during the project. The project partners will bring together different end-users and providers to discuss about solutions tested and offered. Followed by 3 multi-stakeholders workshops which will help project partners list the challenges faced by the target groups in their countries. This ‘needs mapping’ exercise will be discussed between the partners and stakeholders at the fourth workshop and it is expected that a consolidated needs gap analysis will be designed which will be the main output of the project and serve as a blueprint for the development of the online solutions.





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