Sustainable Ways to Increase higher educatioN students' equal access to learninG environments ( SWING)

Project Name: Sustainable Ways to Increase higher educatioN students' equal access to learninG environments ( SWING)

Funded through:  TEMPUS

Project Duration: 24 months from 2013 till 2015

Partners:

Coventry University - United Kingdom

University of Alicante - Spain

Alma Mater Studiorum Università di Bologna - Italy

FOUR ELEMENTS - Greece

Alexandria University - Egypt

Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport - Egypt

Ibn Tofail University - Morocco

Université Abdelmalek Essaâdi - Morocco

 

SWING project aims to create sustainable policies in Universities to enable disabled students to have equal access to learning environments and programmes. Partners collaborate in the development, selection, procurement and use of accessible IT and accessibility standards that will be available through the Accessibility Centres in Partner Countries: Morocco and Egypt.

The SWING project will address the major need to have available assistive technology and use of accessible IT for disabled higher education students in all participating countries and mainly in Egypt and Morocco. Particularly, the project’s specific objectives are: to enhance the EU countries’ e-accessibility policies (part of the European Disability Strategy and of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities) in order to contribute to the achievement of greater levels of Web accessibility across the Partner Countries’ Universities.

The project was launched in December 2013 and it is expected to be completed by the end of December 2015.

ACTIVITIES

The main activities of the SWING project are the following: 

Needs Assessment and survey of Accessibility Centre best practices

  • Needs assessment of Accessibility Centres in PC
  • Best Practices of Assistive Technology (EU)
  • Gap analysis and planning
  • Workshops about Best Practices

 Design and development of a model for Accessibility Centres in Partner Countries

  • Accessibility Centre model
  • Design of an e-learning environment  
  • Employment modules for vulnerable groups
  • Advisors’ training handbook

Training for Partner Country University academic, support, technical staff  on Accessibility Centres in EU Universities Organization of seminar program

  • Development of training material
  • Preparatory actions for training seminars
  • Transferring and translating teaching material
  • Selecting suitable Partner Country academic staff
  • Training of Partner Countries’ academic staff

TARGET GROUPS

There is an urgent need for the development of sustainable strategies to ensure disabled students’ equal access to learning environments. The SWING project aims to cover this need by forwarding best practices and technology concerning better accessibility of education in two countries of the ENPI-South region (Egypt (EG) and Morocco (MA)).

Thus, the target groups of the project are:

  • Disabled students
  • Academic staff
  • Careers staff
  • Administrative staff

 Disable students at Alexandria University

Faculty

Number of disable students

Faculty of Art

186

Faculty of Commerce

56

Faculty of Law

7

Total

249

 

Related Subjects

The legislative side in Egypt can't neglect the care of Disable citizens, it works to protect them, so we find the legislature since 1959 was keen to address the problem of disabilities as he issue Law No. 14 of 1959 on ability of disables to work and identified it .

Disabled work and rehabilitation in  Egyptian laws :

- First: Rehabilitation of Disabled Persons  No. 39 of  year 1975

Article (1) :

" The provisions of this law on persons with disabilities who are nationals of Arab Republic of Egypt ... "

Article (2) :

Intended in the application of the provisions of this law, the word of the disabled - everyone became unable to rely on himself to engage in work or do something else , and the stability or Decreased ability due to organ failure , mental or sensory deficit or the result of a congenital birth .

It is intended rehabilitation of disabled persons providing social services , psychological, medical , and educational and professional that need to be provided for the disabled to be able to overcome the deficit , which has lagged behind disability .

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