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Interview on User Trials & Evaluation Findings USER TRIALS AT THE ARAB ACADEMY FOR SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MARITIME TRANSPORT
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Tuesday, 17 November 2015 00:00

Interview on User Trials & Evaluation Findings USER TRIALS AT THE ARAB ACADEMY FOR SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY AND MARITIME TRANSPORT

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

The Arab Academy of Science and Maritime Transport (AAST) established two Accessibility Centres: one in the Abukir and one in the Miamai Campus[1].

-          The Accessibility Centre of the Abukir campus is located at the ground floor of the Engineering Building. It is operated by one University staff (administrator).

 

-          The Accessibility Centre of the Miamai campus is also operated by one University staff (administrator) and is hosted at the same room as the student culture affairs centre at the ground floor of the campus. LabA209 in Miami will have the assissitive technology available for students in Miamai Campus.

 

·         What about the equipment of the Center?

The Assistive Technology equipment has been distributed between the two campuses according to the students’ needs. Some hardware and all software equipment are installed on various University labs, according to the needs. In addition, disabled students can download assistive technology software on their personal devices.

·         Open days and times?

Daily. At the university opening hours.

 

·         Is there a union for Disable students? And what is its role?

The mission of the Student Union is to create a supportive space for students with all types of disabilities and their allies, to join with our communitie, to educate othes about disability and disability culture, and to advocate for increased awareness and accessibility around the university.

 

·         Does the Accessibility Center provides any career guidance?

The Office of Academic Advising supports students in making importance academic decisions throughout their time at the University.

There are no specific provisions for disabled students concerning career guidance. Disabled students, with the assistance of the Accessibility Centre staff, will be offered the same advice as non-disabled students and will be encouraged to participate in job fares organized at the University. According to the Egyptian law, there is a quota of 5% employment of disabled students.

 

·         Time of the User Trials?

Currently we are finalizing the D4.3 modules for the students with disability in the period of 4th to 15th October 2015.    (Date: 8/10/2015)

 

·         How many students participated?

AASTMT existing students with special needs are:

-          Around 16 students at the College of Management and Technology

-          Around 6 students at the College of Language and Communication

-          Around 2 students at the College of International Transport and Logistics

-          Around 3 students at the College of Engineering and Technology

 

·         Who were the trainers?

Academic, career, support staff and technical experts.

·         How the trainings were organized by the University?

Three  types of attendees were addressed :

-          Career advisors and University staff (CAUs)

-          Accessibility Centre staff (ACs)

-          Around 30 Disabled Students (STU)

 

First the training focused on the training of staff, in accordance to the proposal.

Second, the trained staff will train students with the support of EU partners, in accordance to the proposal.

 

·         Can you provide us with more details ?

The User Trials of the Accessibility Centre Services by the AAST disabled students have taken place in two phases and were based upon the ten (10) modules developed in the framework of the SWING project. 

The first cycle of training and user trials took place from 11 to 14 May. This cycle covered the following SWING Modules:

ü  Module 1: Support Structures for Disabled Students, taught by Dr. Safaa Alaam, Mr. Ayman Mansour and Mrs Abeer Elsayed.

ü  Module 2: Supporting Students to Support Themselves, taught by Dr. Alyaa Moner

ü  Module 3: Assistive Technology: an Introduction, taught by Dr. Walid Abdelmoez

The seven remaining modules were taught on October 2015.

The expectations of the AAST disabled students prior to the training were the following:

-          Assistance in the process of learning,

-          Providing accessible teaching material,

-          Support in the communication with the Academy administration,

-          Providing the tools and opportunities for independent life and career after graduation.

Students have been particularly concerned about their employment prospects.

 

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

The Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport has carefully designed its Accessibility Centre services to disabled students. The user trials have taken place in two cycles, due to the summer break. AAST disabled students are particularly concerned about their employment prospects.

 

 

 

Marina Zotaki

4elements, NGO



 

 

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