The “DiGiTool – Digital Inclusive Tool” project will train teachers (regular education / special education), to work with autistic students, using Information and communication technologies (ICT). The project started in March 2021.
Autistic people are often at a disadvantage at schools due to the inaccessibility of the environment and their support needs being unmet. During the COVID-19 lockdown, online education also proved to be inaccessible for a majority of autistic learners. It highlighted the need to develop ICT inclusive education across Europe.
DiGiTool will train up to 90 professionals in the area of education, trying to cover as many primary and secondary schools as possible in each participating country.
- Increased awareness in general across Europe about the need for the investment in inclusive ICT literacy
- Increasing the awareness of the educational community about the need for capacity building in terms of inclusive ICT in education
- Increased awareness of organizations in the area of disability to promote ICT literacy
- Increase in the number of schools trained to work with autistic students and a range of ICT resources that the project will generate
- Impact at the level of public policies
Autism-Europe will take part in all activities. AE will be more specifically responsible for the dissemination of the project results across Europe as well as contacts with EU policy-makers, and in charge of organizing the final event.