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Smart Solutions for the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Higher Education

About the project

The international Erasmus+ partnership project “Smart Solutions for the Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Higher Education” runs from September 2020 until August 2023. The project is implemented by four partner institutions – Liepaja University Institute of Educational Sciences (Latvia), CSI Center for Social Innovation LTD (Cyprus), University of Patras (Greece) and University of Maribor (Slovenia).
The aim of the project is to develop innovative, inclusive higher education system solutions that promote social inclusion and innovative digital assistive technology solutions. Thus promoting the availability of information and communication technologies for various groups of the society and their integration into the academic and social environment. Innovative solutions are developed in direct cooperation with students, representatives of higher education institutions and digital solution specialists, taking into account the diversity of needs, requirements and recommendations. Within the framework of the project is being developed, an open access, centralized, digital platform for the evaluation and provision of assistive support in higher education institutions and companies. The project’s digital platform is complemented by an integrated set of support and information toolkit for students with special needs in higher education. Representatives of higher education institutions are provided with a specialized e-learning course for learning and using the digital platform in everyday work.

Project outputs

  1. Digital Assessment Tool for the Requirements of Disabled Students in Higher Education
  2. Data Analysis and Publication about the Requirements of Disabled Students in Higher Education
  3. Interactive Information Toolkit about Available Assistive Technologies for Disabled Students in Higher Education
  4. University E-learning course: Creative Information Technologies and Assistive Programs for Disabled Students in Education

Targer Audience

  • Students with learning and physical disabilities in higher education
  • Students with learning and physical disabilities in the final stages of secondary education

Partnership

Liepaja University (Latvia)

Liepaja University is the state university founded in 1954, which is the largest study and science centre in the western part of Latvia, in the cultural and sea city – Liepaja. Study process in Liepaja University is implemented in four different faculties with the main study directions in Pedagogy, Social Work, Humanities, Arts, Engineering, Business Management etc. The vision of Liepāja University is to be a symbol of education, science and culture of Liepāja and Kurzeme region, providing competitive and internationally recognized, diverse education. Liepāja University is a multicultural university with a green and friendly study environment, scientific research and involvement in various local and international projects. Liepaja University to exhibit innovative, sustainable research in social sciences, educational sciences and pedagogy, promoting social development, support and integration for various target audiences.

The Institute of Educational Sciences is a scientific structural unit of the University of Liepaja, the aim of which is scientific and research activities in the field of educational sciences. The activities of the Institute are based on the concept: “Dimensions of the quality of education in the knowledge society”. The main activities of the Institute include the provision of opportunities for scientific research and scientific improvement; promotion of research in the field of education in society; direct cooperation with educational, cultural and community organizations.

CSI Center for Social Innovation LTD (Cyprus)

The Center for Social Innovation is a research organization focused on promoting social innovation that promotes positive changes in local, regional, national, and global context. CSI’s vision is formed on four pillars: social interaction, education, development and economic rationalization. These fundamental principles provide a sustainable, systemic solution to the problems of society, thus making significant changes in the social structure of each person and in society as a whole. CSI works closely with various local agencies, non-profit organizations, commercial companies and education institutions. Within the framework of cooperation, creative solutions and research are identified and improved market, social environment, economic, cultural and management problems. During its professional activity, the CSI team has gained experience in being able to identify the social needs of different target audiences, which promotes the development and implementation of specialized, individual projects, ensuring sustainable growth. The scope of the Innovation Center also includes professional expertise in education and training, labor market research, sustainable rural development, e-learning, social entrepreneurship, project management and evaluation etc.

University of Patras (Greece)

The University of Patras (UPAT) was founded in 1964 in Patras. The university is located in the east of the city of Patras in Rion. UPAT is the third largest university in Greece, providing study processes and innovative research in areas such as environment, health, biotechnology, mechanics, electronics and informatics. Passionately participates in various projects, scientific organizations, as well as participates in research groups and activities. An integral part of the UPAT education and research process is the culture and traditions of the local region.

The scientific group of the UPAT Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering provides a sustainable, professional and innovative solution for computer systems, backend programming, communication systems, design and technology. In the process of cooperation with different target audiences, solutions are obtained for the improvement of the education and training process by providing it with the possibilities of integration of various smart devices. UPAT’s vision is to challenge a variety of technological challenges to find cutting-edge solutions for access to integrated and personalized education.

University of Maribor (Slovenia)

The University of Maribor is a public institution of education, science and research. It is the second and second oldest university in Slovenia, providing studies and research in 17 faculties. The University of Maribor conducts scientific disciplines such as engineering, biotechnology, humanities, medicine, social sciences and natural sciences. The University is a regional education center whose vision is essential for an internationally recognizable innovative ecosystem in which students, faculty and administrative staff are enthusiastically involved in creative activities. The aim of the university is to promote partnerships with companies, state and non-governmental and public institutions in order to enrich the university’s educational process, research and creative activity; prepare educated, state residents; strengthen democratic and ethical values and civic responsibility; address critical societal challenges; respect ecological and environmental issues; promote sustainable development; and contribute to society.