How disabled students can get benefits from online education
- With the advent of online learning is no longer a laborious work for disabled children’s
- The lockdown rapidly shifted schools towards online education
- The 2030 Sustainable Development Goal focuses on “inclusive and quality education for all”
As per the studies there are eight types of categories through which disabled students are classified. Because some children’s are physically and mentally challenge it does not mean that they cannot perform well in studies.
With the advent of online learning is no longer a laborious work for disabled children. The pandemic teaches all of us how technology can play a vital role in providing the right education. The lockdown rapidly shifted schools towards online education.
Lack of education has little effect. Most children with disabilities are not equipped with the basic skills for employment. This metamorphosis of the education system has far-reaching effects on children with disabilities.
It takes care of the physical barriers created by transportation and mobility issues. Children get the benefit of learning from the safety and comfort of their own homes. This saves them from unnecessary barriers to attending physical schools. Students with disabilities in higher education can also have access to lectures, libraries and resources without the need to physically navigate remote campuses.
Online learning, in both synchronous and asynchronous modes, offers the added flexibility and benefits of self-paced learning. With technical support and assistive devices, it is possible to train children with disabilities in a variety of skills. E-learning allows review of material and viewing of video lectures over and over again.
Various assistive technologies such as screen readers, text magnifiers, speech recognition software, Braille keyboards, sign language interpreters, subtitled videos, audio recordings, etc. can be used.
The 2030 Sustainable Development Goal focuses on “inclusive and quality education for all”. With barely nine years left for the target, more steps will have to be taken. Governments and educational bodies have an important role to play in making ICT accessible to students with disabilities.
Those at the forefront of education administration can facilitate designing of online courses and learning modules in easily distributed formats. Initial challenges exist, but students who did not attend schools due to physical limitations, at least now have a choice. This can be a good starting point for bringing in students who have been denied admission to schools.
An ILO report states that advances in the digital economy are creating unprecedented work opportunities for the disabled. With the rise of the gig economy, most of the work is being done from home, creating new job opportunities for physically restricted PWDs. Online education can prove to be a turn off wheel for persons with disabilities in their quest to lead a meaningful life.
Persons with Disabilities are treated as an insignificant groups. They face many obstacles and are more likely to experience adverse socioeconomic consequences. Limited support infrastructure can have a significant debilitating effect on daily life. WHO now considers disability a human rights issue. It emphasizes that people are handicapped by society and not by their body.