In keeping with Article 24 of the CRPD, and General Comment 4 of the CRPD Committee, UNICEF and partners are developing an innovative digital initiative: Accessible Digital Textbooks for Learners with Disabilities (ADT).
The project aims to address one of the key barriers to inclusive education resulting from the inaccessibility of core learning materials by using assistive technology in the creation of accessible learning materials. The goal is to make textbooks in digital format available, affordable, and accessible for children with disabilities and, thus, improve learning outcomes for ALL children. Accessible digital formats are versatile and allow users to customize and combine diverse features like narration, sign language, interactivity, audio-description of images, and other functions to suit different preferences, learning styles or access needs. Accessible digital textbooks allow children with different learning styles to access the same content, participate in the same textbook-based activities inside and outside the classroom, and have equal opportunities to achieve positive educational outcomes. Through those specialized features, printed books can be made accessible to learners who are blind/have low vision, those who are deaf/hard of hearing, those who have intellectual/developmental disabilities, learning disabilities, or those who prefer to access information in ways different from visual inputs.
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Official project documents and reports