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A Valuation Tool for accessible education in preschools, schools and adult education

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In Sweden, the National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools (SPSM) supports schools in issues of special educational needs in terms of impairments to enhance the possibility of a uniform education. SPSM works to ensure that children, young people and adults - regardless of functional ability - have adequate conditions to fulfill their education.

Learning occurs where the interaction between social, educational and physical environment provides the prerequisites for an accessible learning environment. The concept of accessibility describes how well an organization, activities, premises or place works for students. Increased accessibility is required for students to have the opportunity to be included and enabled to participate in curricular activities on equal terms, based on their circumstances, regardless of ability functional ability.

We have gathered the foundations of this perspective in an interaction model for accessible education, which takes a holistic approach to accessible education. Knowledge of the physical environment, such as class room design, knowledge of the consequences disabilities may have on learning, social interaction and choice of pedagogical strategies are included.

The presentation will focus on the support material, the "Valuation Tool for accessible education”, that SPSM has developed, based on the interaction model, to provide educators with a better understanding of how to work for accessible education. It can be used at various levels in the organization, on pedagogical situations and in different types of premises, to help designing the learning environment strategically and deliberately.

Author(s):

Anna Strömberg    
National Agency for Special Needs Education and Schools (SPSM)
Sweden

 

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