From accessible buildings to alternative testing methods – where are we now?

  • Data on vocational Training

    Matei Ghigiu, 3DecembrieALTfel, states that there is no official data in Romania available on vocational training.

  • Available data on public buildings

    Meera Shenoy, from India on available data on public buildings including schools and universities that that comply with the ISO 21542:2011 standards on accessibility and usability of the built environment.

  • Alternative testing methods

    Christina Ryan talking about the situation in regards to alternative testing methods in Australia.

  • Accessible learning materials

    Dan Pescod from RNIB on the availability of accessible study materials for persons with disabilities in the United Kingdom.

 

The Zero Project Social Indicators cover the whole range of the UN CRPD, with a special coverage of the annual topic of the Zero Project – education in 2016. Find some outstanding results regarding accessibility of buildings, alternative testing methods, data on vocational training and accessible study materials – and how you can use all the data for your individual research

No data on accessibility of buildings, 78 percent claim

78 percent reported that there is no data available on the accessibility of public buildings (including school buildings) despite the international standard ISO 21542-2011. Among the countries that have managed to have data available is India, where data on government buildings are earmarked to become accessible by 2016 in major cities in the country.

No data on vocational training existing, 74 percent say

The availability of data in regard to vocational and educational training at mainstream institutions appear to be limited. As 74 percent of respondents say that in their country there is no data on students with disabilities. Reasons for this are that the data available is often only for internal use and not for external stakeholders.

54 percent say, that alternative testing methods exist

54 percent stated that there are alternative testing methods for students with disabilities. In some countries students with special needs receive additional time to complete their exams (Armenia, Australia, Togo) while assistive devices are not so common due to the fact that professors doubt the quality of the test when these are being used.

Only 9 percent state that accessible learning materials are available

In many countries (Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Guatemala, Pakistan, South Africa, United Kingdom) accessible learning materials are connected to an extra cost for families of persons with disabilities. Another problem is outdated material or only limited choice. Due to these facts only 9 percent state that accessible study materials exist for free for all persons with disabilities.

 

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