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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 has been to develop materials and tools that enhance the inclusion of children with visual impairment, so we have developed applications adapted to their learning and digital training materials for teachers of formal and non-formal education.

 

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Results of the project

Intellectual outputs of the project:

Within the lifespan of this project, we have developed this intellectual outputs:

O1. VIRTUAL TRAINING COURSE FOR TEACHERS AND EARLY EDUCATION CENTERS FOR THE INCLUSION OF STUDENTS WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENT IN THEIR CLASSROOMS.

This is a training course for teachers of pre-primary education that contain all the necessary materials for them to achieve the inclusion of visually impaired students in their classrooms. This on-line training course through an e-learning platform already created by the coordinating entity allow a dynamic and flexible training, without the need of traveling.

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O2. ORIGINAL ICT TOOL FOR THE INCLUSION OF STUDENTS WITH VISUAL IMPAIRMENT IN THE CLASSROOMS

We offers the creation of a multimedia game aimed at children with visual impairment, but also at all other students. This multimedia tool pursue the sensorial-perceptive development of the users and the stimulation of their creativity, while boosting group work and socialization among all students by promoting collaborative work on a level of equality regardless of their barriers.

This application improve and stimulate the cognitive development and promote visual and hearing stimulation, cause-effect relationship learning through a motivational and stimulating learning tool due to a recurrent call for attention through sensory references. It encompass different levels of complexity, from passive receiving to the active participation of the student through their interaction with the tablet or Android/Apple device, from which the teacher can customize several features.

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Tangible Results: 

Along with these two resources, multiple tangible results have been created to complement them and enhance their impact:

R1. «Towards inclusive children’s education classrooms» methodological guide

A methodological guide for the adaptation of early childhood education centers into inclusive schools for children visual impairments. This small guide compile a series of tips, ideas and recommendations developed by experts, parents and researchers, on how to adapt the school plan to the special needs of these students.

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R2. Early stimulation program for children with low vision User’s Guide

A flexible and innovative methodology to train childhood education teachers through a virtual learning compatible with their work in the classrooms, designed by experts, family members and the beneficiaries themselves.

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R3. Audiovisual and teaching resources for education

We offer a compilation of educational materials and audiovisual resources that will allow teachers to understand how their students with low vision see and feel.

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Centro universitario de la Visión. CUV
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R4. Poster of Europe

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R5. Poster of Spain

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R6. Poster of Italy

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R7. Poster of Norway

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R8. Dissemination Plan

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Transnational meetings

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.

 

 

Multiplier Events

E1 – Multiplier event. Looking for inclusion: A seminar for real inclusion for kids with visual impairment in the childhood school.

May 6th, 10th, 11th 2021, València (Spain).

The Spanish final Multiplier Event of the project “LOOKING OUT FOR A SCHOOL FOR ALL: EARLY EDUCATIONAL INCLUSION FOR STUDENTS WITH LOW VISION” took place between May 6th and 11th at the facilities of the faculty of the Teaching Degree of Universitat de Valencia – UV.

The Event, titled “Looking out for inclusion: A seminar for the true inclusion of children visual impairment in pre-primary schools” and coordinated by Redtree, managed to gather more than 100 multipliers between teachers, experts, and professionals in the field of education and inclusion of persons with SEN, especially in early childhood and primary education, political and educational institutions, organizations of persons with visual disabilities and social leaders in the field, students and future teachers of the pre-primary and primary Teaching Degree of the UV, the media… for the presentation of the project’s Intellectual Outputs and the promotion of their use.

E2 – Multiplier event. Looking for inclusion: A seminar for real inclusion for kids with visual impairment in the childhood school.

June 17th, 2021, Virtually (Norway).

The Norway final Multiplier Event of the project “LOOKING OUT FOR A SCHOOL FOR ALL: EARLY EDUCATIONAL INCLUSION FOR STUDENTS WITH LOW VISION” took place online on June 17th, due to the restrictions established by the COVID-19 pandemic at the time of the event.

It was titled “Looking out for inclusion: A seminar for the true inclusion of children with visual impairment in pre-primary schools” and was coordinated by Aniridia Norge and Aniridia Europe, managing to gather more than 45 multipliers between teachers, experts, and professionals in the field of education and inclusion of persons with SEN, especially in pre-primary and primary education, political and educational institutions, organizations of persons with visual disabilities and social leaders in this field, parents and other family members, doctors, health professionals, the media… for the presentation of the project’s Intellectual Outputs and the promotion of their use.

 

E3 – Multiplier event. Looking for inclusion: A seminar for real inclusion for kids with visual impairment in the childhood school.

June 12th, 2021, Virtually (Italy).

The Italy final Multiplier Event of the project “LOOKING OUT FOR A SCHOOL FOR ALL: EARLY EDUCATIONAL INCLUSION FOR STUDENTS WITH LOW VISION” took place online on June 12th, due to the restrictions established by the COVID-19 pandemic at the time of the event.

The Event, titled “Looking out for inclusion: A seminar for the true inclusion of children with visual impairment in pre-primary schools” and coordinated by Aniridia Italiana and Smallcodes Srl, managed to gather more than 50 multipliers between teachers, experts, and professionals in the field of education and inclusion of persons with SEN, especially in pre-primary and primary education, political and educational institutions, organizations of persons with visual disabilities and social leaders in this field, parents and other family members, doctors, health professionals, the media… for the presentation of the project’s Intellectual Outputs and the promotion of their use.