Start date: February 15, 2010 End date: June 30, 2015
Project budget: $495,960
Implementer: Open the Windows
Foster the inclusion and active participation of students with disabilities in mainstream education through:
- Enabling IT access for students with disabilities through use of assistive technology (such as big-button keyboards, trackballs, and joysticks, big mouse, right and left clicks, as well as accessible software);
- Increasing teacher abilities to work with new technologies to assist these students;
- Mobilizing relevant stakeholders, including Government of Macedonia, in creating an environment where children with disabilities can gain a better education.
o 20 primary education textbooks developed in e-accessible format;
o Educational applications developed to facilitate the adoption of reading and writing and basic mathematical skills by students, including those with disabilities;
o Teacher manuals developed supporting use of computers and internet in teaching students with disabilities.
o Coordinated the localization of the G-Compris suite of over 100 education games suitable for use in all Macedonian primary schools.
o Localized and distributed two educational games from an Austrian producer that support gaining basic skills for students with disabilities.
Support to schools:
- Equipped thirty-one primary and two secondary schools with sets of assistive peripheral computer equipment enabling children with disabilities to use computers and increase their confidence and achievement levels. The Ministry of Information Society and Administration cost-shared the equipment procurement.
- Trained special educators and teachers in mainstream education to use assistive technology in instruction;
- Provided assistive peripheral devices for students with disabilities from the project partner schools.
- Trained over 1,200 teachers, school professionals, municipal and Bureau for Development of Education advisors, and parents in inclusive teaching practises and the use of ICT to engage all students in the class.
- Produced and distributed manuals for teachers on how to best use assistive technology in teaching students with disabilities. One of the manuals became the first recommended read on assistive technology for university students at the Institute for Special Education.
- Produced software applications to facilitate reading and writing skills acquisition by students with disabilities;
- Conducted the first-ever nation-wide surveys of the needs of schools related to the use of ICT for instruction of students with disabilities: in primary (2010) and secondary education (2014).
- Prepared a review of best practices concerning assistive technology use in the education from Macedonia and Austria;
- Organized series of informative workshops to facilitate information and best practices exchange for representatives of public institutions, schools, civic organizations, media and parents, on the use of assistive technology in education.
Contact at USAID: Lela Jakovlevska-Josevska, AOR – firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Manager: Vladimir Lazovski – email@example.com
Information Officer: Margarita Gulevska – firstname.lastname@example.org
Last updated: July 23, 2015