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Interview on User Trials & Evaluation Findings USER TRIALS AT ABDLEMALEK ESSAÂDI UNIVERSITY
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Monday, 16 November 2015 00:00

Interview on User Trials & Evaluation Findings USER TRIALS AT ABDLEMALEK ESSAÂDI UNIVERSITY

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·         What is the location of the Accessibility Center, where the User Trials have been taken place?

The University Accessibility Centre has been established according to the knowledge and standards used in the EU Member States.

It is located in a new building in Martin.

 

·         Why there exactly?

 

The building is well known, easy accessible and central.

 

·         What about the equipment of the Center?

It hosts the 9 computers adapted to the needs of each disabled student whether s/he is blind, partially, blind, deaf, or physically impaired.

 

·         Open days and times?

The Centre is open three days per week during which students can make use of specialized assistive technologies that help them with reading, writing, studying, amplifying, and acquiring information about the learning process.

 

·         Is there a union for Disable students?

The University also supported the creation of a Disabled Students’ Union in April 2015. The close collaboration between the University staff and the disabled students creates a strong ownership of the University accessibility policy, developed through the SWING project, utilizes all available resources and enhances the effectiveness of the Accessibility Centre services.

 

·         Does the Accessibility Center provides any career guidance?

The University has established partnerships with relevant local and national stakeholders. In this context, it will collaborate with the local branch of the National Employment Agency (APEC) in order to provide career guidance and customized assistance to its disabled students.

 

·         Time of the User Trials?

User trials in UAE have been continuous. The initial training took place in the two last weeks of April 2015. After this initial training, expert UAE personnel, including technicians, engineers and IT professionals, have guided students on the practical use of Assistive Technologies

 

·         How many students participated?

 Around 40 students

 

·         Who were the trainers?

§  Badredine SOUHAIL (Teacher in the FS)

§  Mohamed Khalil ENNASSIRI (Teacher in FL)

§  Mohamed BEN HADDOU (Teacher in ENRFT)

§  Mohamed Laarbi KERKEB (charged of mission)

§  Iman RAISSOUNI (Administrative staff)

§  Abdeslam ANDALOUSSI (charged of Media)

§  Naima GOUDRAR (Technical staff)

§  Ali YOUNES (Engineer)

 

·         How the trainings were organized by the University?

D4,1: Integration of an Assistive AT system

D4,2: Training-the-trainers

D4,3:  Training disabled students on the use of AT equipement

 

The trainings were all about raising awareness on the issue of disability and training staff and students on the use of AT equipment

 

·         What are the results of the education to the students with disabilities?

In the SWING project, students with serious visual disabilities have benefited more than any other group of individuals from advances in AT. The advances in technology for these individuals can lead to increased productivity and employment chances.

 

 

 

 

 

Marina Zotaki

4elements, NGO

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