Employing Modern Educational Technology to facilitate the integration of people with physical disabilities
Teacher’s Name: Nariman Ibrahim Mohammed Al-hubeibi
School: Deir al-Balah JuniorSchool for Girls "B"
Directorate of Education – Central Gaza Strip- Deir el-Balah Governorate
Integrating children with disabilities and severe special needs in order to start interacting with the world again is a challenge our children face at Palestinian schools. How can we enable students with physical disabilities to communicate and learn the same as other enabled students? How can we help people with disabilities (People with Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, various neurological disorders) run all types of computer software?
This initiative had a great impact on students with disabilities as they had the opportunity to learn and to gain a good quality of education the same as their peers. It also improved and reformed handicapped students’ variable skills. Besides, it puts disabled students in a situation where people can see their abilities rather than their disabilities. Students became more attentive, active and responsive. Using the Camera Mouse has also increased the students’ academic achievement and made it easier for teachers to follow them up.
In fact, the local community and the parents of students with disability had a great role in applying the camera mouse application and in making it successful. For example, they attended all meetings inside and outside the school. Also, students with physical abilities were given the chance to learn like others. It also raised their self-confidence and strengthened their personalities. Moreover, we dealt with some professionals and institutions specialized in the field and they contributed for the progress of the initiative. y. Some of the academic and training institutions in the field of disability provided the school with special seats for students, computers and Camera Mouse software programs.
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