- safe on track.... with V-pad.Tripliek, nr 47, herfst 13. Vpad is an application, wich is developed at Thomas More Kempen. This application is currently tested by 30 users. The project is presented in the magazine Triptiek, nr.47, 2013.
- ICT Inclusive. A Train-The-Trainer Package to support Teaching ICT- skills to pupils with intellecutal disabilities: How can people with a mental disability develop ICT skills? In this ICT Inclusive project (2009-2011) a train-the-trainer kit is developed for teachers/counsellors connected with this target group to teach them ICT skills. One step in the research process is mapping out the ICT skills of the teacher/counsellor. The following documents are enclosed:
- report on training kit 2 linked to the research on existing ICT skills and the development of a personal ICT competence profile
- report concerning the development of a competence profile through focus groups
- ICT-competence profile list version
- ICT- competence profile mind map version
- a train-the-trainer map: workshops
ICT Inclusive was presented at the AEGIS conference in Brussel:
Daems, J., Torfs, E., Hannes, A., De Boeck, J., Dekelver, J. (2011). ICT-Inclusive, A Train-The-Trainer Package To Support Teaching ICT- Skills To Pupils With Intellectual Disabilities. In : Proceedings of the 2nd International AEGIS Conference and Final Workshop. International
AEGIS Conference and Workshop. Brussels, 28-30 November 2011 (pp. 325-233).
An article about ICT-competences was published in the magazine TOKK: for the full tekst:
J., Torfs, E., Hannes, A., (2012). ICT -competenties voor leerkrachten begeleiders van kinderen en volwassenen met een verstandelijke
beperking. TOKK: Tijdschrift voor Orthopedagogiek, Kinderpsychiatrie en Klinische Kinderpsychologie, 3-4, 153-167.
- ICT for specials (2008)
Multimedia can open up the world for people with intellectual disabilities. The internet does not only have advantages, however, it also presents problems, even risks. This article goes into safety and discusses the effects of prolonged computer use as well as some pedagogical questions.
- ICT as an asset to overcome limitiations .
People with disabilities are underrepresented in our knowledge society. Governments quickly need to work on initiatives and guidelines guaranteeing access to ICT applications, because internet access is an inalienable human right. At the same time, a lot of ICT applications should be used to overcome and compensate for specific limitations. Besides technical services we also need didactically justified software appliccations. While awareness about care extension and inclusion is increasing on a European and Flemish level, it is easy to conclude that little attention is being paid to students with special needs when looking at the existing applications. We need effective implementation strategies, if we want to bring about change in our day-to-day school life. Many teachers are not familiar with ICT applications and are opposed to a differentiated use of ICT tools to overcome the specific limitations of certain students. In other words, there is still a long way to go ...
- Player: Serious Gaming for youngsters with intellectual disablilities. When working with youngsters with intellecual disabilities, it is often a challenge to teach them 'boring' content. In this paper we propose a serious gaming approach in order to facilitate the learning process. The novelty in our concept is that we decouple the game and the didactical content, which allows us to transfer the learning to the youngster's leisure time. In our research we built a framework containing several (fun) games and an administration environment that facilitates the creation of learning content. In a user experiment, measuring the user's joy and motivation, we found that the subjects enjoyed playing the game and were very attentive when the didactical content appeared.
- De Boeck, J., Daems, J., Dekelver, J. (2012). Spe-Ler: Serious Gaming for Youngsters with Intellectual Disabilities. In : Lecture Notes in:Computer Science, 1(7382).International Conference ICCHP 2012. Linz, 11-13 July 2012 (pp. 479-483). Springer.
- EasyICT: a Framework for Measuring ICT-Skills of People with Cognitive Disabilities
- Dekelver, Jan ; Vannuffelen, Tim ; De Boeck, Joan 2010-07-14 Lecture Notes in Computer Science: 2010-07-14, Volume: 6180, Pages: 21-24
Over the last decade, basic computer operating skills (ICT skills) have become essential to participate in the current digital era. Those who do not possess these skills are likely to be excluded from education, entertainment, business and social life. This poses a real threat in particular to people wiht cognitive needs. The EasyICT project aims to develop a training and assessment framework, supported by an on-line tool which will allow youngsters with mental disabilities to test their ICT skills. They get a report in the end as well as additional training material which will allow them to improve their skills.
- ICT for pupils with intellectual disabilities
Today it is impossible to imagine life without information and communication technology (ICT). For people with an intellectual disability, even ICT can become an extra barrier: Website builders do not often take the special needs of people with intellectual (and other) disabilities into account. As a result most of the existing websites are inaccessible to those people. Nevertheless ICT offers a lot of advantages individually, as well as in the pedagogical and didactical field. A teacher can testify from his/her own experience. In contribution to this we give some good examples of useful ICT applications. This article was published by Wolters Plantyn publishing company: "ICT youth with extra care"-part 1:"TECHNOLOGICAL AIDS AND SUPPORTING SOFTWARE"
- WAI-NOT, an adapted learning environment for youngsters with intellectual disabilities
Do you want to work with ICT and the internet in special education? WAI-NOT is a ready-to-use platform which is suitable for pupils with intellectual disabilities. They will all find something that appeals to them and which will motivate them to take further steps in using the internet. Al lot of schools for special education in Flanders are using WAI-NOT in class already. WAI-NOT proves that for people with intellectual disabilities the internet offers a chance to get access to a world of information. Users of WAI-NOT are very enthusiastic. This will clearly be shown by the testimonials of two representatives of the target group who became the ambassadors of this project. Are you interested in WAI-NOT with regard to your own class practice? This article tells you more about the launch and the possibilities of this environment.
- INCLUSO: Social software for the social inclusion of marginalised youth (2010)
Can ICT, and more specifically social software, support the social inclusion of marginalised youngsters? What is the role of welfare organisations working with such youngsters in this story and what are the main challenges that need to be overcome when using social software as a tool to fight social exclusion? This paper reports findings from the INCLUSO project and pilot projects in four partner organisations throughout Europe and presents tools to assist social work organisations in defining successful strategies for adopting ICT and social software within their organisation.
- Accessibility Monitor 2009
The 'accessibility monitor' is a measurement instrument , developed in 2007 by AnySurfer in collaboration with Thomas More Kempen - K-point, the research and knowlegde centre concerning ICT and inclusion of Thomas More Kempen. The monitor maps the accessibility of the Belgian websites once every two years. In 2008-2009 276 bachelor students information of three Flemish high schools checked a sample survey of 336 Belgian websites on its accessibility.
- Accessibility Monitor Belgium 2007
For people with a disability, the internet can be of great value. To do justice to this potential, websites should be built according to some technical rules. How well do Belgian websites score in this matter today? AnySurfer and Thomas More have done research in order to fomrulate a correct and reliable answer to the following question: Which percentage of the Belgian interrnet sites have basic accessibility for visitors with a disability? The result of the research: 96 percent of the Belgian websites are not accessible. Whether the remaining four percent meet all the guidelines of AnySurfer, needs further research. The full report is attached.
- What's the use of social software?
A summary of practical examples at the crossing of "social software" and "social inclusion". This publication was edited by the VSNG within the framework of the digital week 2009.
- Final report Internet Inclusive 2005-2008
With the results of this research, Internet Inclusive wants to get better insight in the expectations of adults with intellectual disabilities concerning the use of the internet. They want to make effective recommendations for the design and the use fo internet sites. The final report shows the different research steps. The interim reports of the diffferent researcch steps are added in separate supplements. The 20 plus 20 tips for the Inclusive Website builder and the Internet guide are shown in five sections in a user-friendly document for the website builders and the counsellors of the target group.
- POD ICT also for you
Researchers and students of the 'occupational therapy' and 'computer science' degree programme worked on this project together with experts (persons with an intellectual disability). The students of 'occupational therapy' were assigned to formulate contributions concerning content within their course 'development issues', fitting the ICT final attainment levels in for special education. The students of 'computer science' developed these applications. The experts were involved to test this content. This content will be integrated in the curriculum of WAI-NOT and within the dissemination activities of existing actors (KlasCement, EasyICT, etc.), not only during the project but also afterwards.
- Ready for clear communication: market research
Quantitative research: polls at schools, companies and authorities who communicate on a daily basis with lower educated people. How and by which means do they inform lower educated people? How clear is communication? Qualitative Research: observations and interviews. does the target group understand the texts of the respondents?