International mobility of students as a tool supporting the fight against digital exclusion of people with disabilities

Αναρτήθηκε 12 Δεκεμβρίου, 2019

Platon School participated in the project "International mobility of students as a tool supporting the fight against digital exclusion of people with disabilities" as a partner and host institution of the Polish High School „II Liceum Ogólnokształcące im. Królowej Jadwigi in Pabianice".
During 5-day lessons organized at our School, 5 students of the Platon School and 20 students of the High School from Pabianice implemented a joint curriculum. The main goal of the project was to increase the key competences of young people.

During the mobility project the participants dealt with the topic of digital accessibility. They explored information on the WCAG 2.0 standard and based on this, they prepared reports on the availability of selected websites, and prepared information brochures that supported the dissemination of project results. The participants also learned that the use of web development standards, sometimes difficult to implement, is not a muzzle for developers of web applications, data transmission protocols and computer hardware, but an attempt to enable the greatest possible number of users to profit from the benefits of a global network. The WCAG standard applies to the accessibility of websites and is a kind of set of principles that should be followed by website creators. Participation in the project allowed students to see the problems encountered by people with disabilities online on a daily basis, they also learned how broad this group of network users is.

During classes in international groups students took care of auditing websites that they themselves used on a daily basis, such as the websites of both schools, popular information services or websites offering food delivery. Thanks to the generally available WCAG 2.0 guidelines effective since 2008 they were able to prepare accessibility reports themselves. Currently, WCAG recommendations are divided into 4 groups:

Perception - information and user interface components shall be presented to users in an accessible manner.

Functionality - user interface components and navigation shall be functional (they should allow interaction).
Understandability - the content and operation of the user interface shall be understandable.
Reliability - content must be reliable enough to be interpreted correctly by many different user clients, including assistive technologies.

By participating in the mobility project the students could develop the key competences involved in the initiative in terms of understanding and creating information, multilingualism competences, digital competences as well as social, personal and learning competences. They also developed their sensitivity to the needs of others.

We invite you to familiarize yourself with the results of the project.

Accessibility report group A