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Overcoming disabilities through ICT-based training

October 2011

Ceramics design training © Barbara Plasonik

A European consortium led by Slovenian company Ozara has developed ICT solutions to offer training opportunities in the ceramics design sector to people who are hearing or visually impaired. This project was made possible thanks to the EU's Leonardo da Vinci funding programme.

People who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind or partially-sighted often experience difficulties in accessing ICT-based training. A project for the ceramics sector aims to offer tailor-made solutions. ACTrain offers free on-line training specifically designed for people with sensory impairments, on making pottery products. It offers this through web-based and interactive video material.

For instance, lessons are recorded as audio descriptions and videos contain subtitles or sign-language interpretation.

Slovenian company Ozara, which initiated the project, turned to the local Enterprise Europe Network branch, based in the Chamber of Craft and Small Business in Ljubljana, for help in its search for funding.

The network identified the EU's Leonardo da Vinci programme as appropriate for Ozara, since it funds practical projects in the field of vocational education and training. Network expert Larisa Vodeb helped the company find partners and put together a successful proposal.

The consortium includes experts from Slovenia, Greece, Italy and Austria with knowledge and experience in education and training for people with disabilities.

Currently available in German, Greek, Italian and Slovene and in the four national sign languages of the partners, the training programme should become available to disabled people worldwide, via any computer.

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