The project “Looking out for a school for all: early educational inclusion for students with low vision” was approved by the Spanish National Agency – SEPIE in the grant call of march 2018 in the field of education of the Erasmus Plus Programme.
This project is born from the need identified in the sector of early childhood education, training, tools and materials to adapt education at these early ages to children with visual impairments, since this stage is essential to ensure the full educational inclusion of these students. The experience of Redtree working with associations of people with visual impairments has brought us closer and made us aware of this reality, so we decided to create this project.
We have set as a strategic social objective of our cooperative in the next years to promote the inclusion of children who suffer from rare diseases, mainly affecting their vision. We believe that focusing on this age group is the best way to achieve a full social inclusion for them in the future, and overcome all the barriers to which they are subject.
That is why Redtree Making Projects Coop. V. contacted various entities of people with rare diseases with which we worked in the past, to develop a future project that enhances the inclusion of children with rare diseases and visual impairments in elementary school classrooms along with all the other children. The main objective of this project will be to develop materials and tools that enhance the inclusion of children with visual impairment, so we will develop applications adapted to their learning and digital training materials for teachers of formal and non-formal education.
We have currently established the logical framework of the project, its objectives, and designed its results. The transnational meetings and the development of the project’s itellectual outputs and overall contents will begin shortly.
Intellectual outputs of the project:
Within the lifespan of this project, we have planned to develop an application (APP) for mobile devices, tablet devices, etc., adapted to children with visual deficiencies in the early education stage. This output is intended to be used by the parents/educators of these children, in order to help and promote the development of their vision.
This digital result will also be coupled with a guide on its proper use, and manuals aimed at the inclusion of these children in their classrooms, to train teachers and trainers of early education stages in this matter.
A web space for the project will also be developed (expanding and improving Redtree’s existing e-learning platform), in which all the generated materials will be available, along with information on these rare diseases and how to collaborate with those who suffer from them. The partners of the project will be able to use all these results for free at any time.
First transnational meeting:
March 30th 2019, Valencia (Spain).
In this first transnational meeting, the partners met to present and finish defining the intellectual outputs of the project, to discuss issues such as its visibility, and to set the dates for the following transnational meetings. Ideas were provided on the e-learning course and the educational APP, and their structure, characteristics and objectives were more closely specified. We also shared the realities and experiences of people with visual deficiency and the obstacles they face, thus enriching the encounter.
Towards the end of the meeting, proposals were made regarding the dissemination of the project to its beneficiaries: early education teachers and nursery schools, children with low vision (Aniridia and Albinism) and their environments, and the general population. Lastly, a brief in-situ evaluation of the meeting was carried out.
Second transnational meeting:
September 14th 2019, Sandefjord (Norway).
In this second transnational meeting, the participants showed and evaluated the progress made, based on an exchange of good experiences and knowledge about educational adaptations. The participating organizations introduced and discussed the activities and tasks carried out so far, focusing on the results of the project. Special emphasis was placed on the development and coordination of the two intellectual outputs: the Virtual Training Course for teachers and early education centers for the inclusion of students with low visual impairment in their classrooms, and the Educational Game: ICT tool for the inclusion of students with visual impairment in the classrooms.
We also reviewed the project’s schedule, dates and places for remaining meetings, the activities still to be carried out, and made an on-site intermediate evaluation of the project and the meeting, highlighting the strengthening of the intersectorial network and our objectives.
Third transnational meeting:
February 21st 2020, Florence (Italy).
In this third transnational meeting, the participants of the partner entities met to present and evaluate the progress made in the activities and results of the project, especially its two Intellectual Outputs. We exchanged experiences and knowledge, so lines of work were established to complete their progress, with special attention to the O2: Educational game – ICT tool for the inclusion of students with visual impairments in the classroom. The advances in the project website were presented and its structure was better defined, to layout the contents of the O1: Virtual training course for teachers and early education centers for the inclusion of students with visual impairment in their classrooms.
We also took the opportunity to review the project’s schedule, and the date and place for the next meeting, the pilot tests, and the Multiplier Events, and an on-site evaluation of the meeting and the implementation stage was carried out.