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A Survey on the Learning Materials for Children with Special Needs: Building a Case for Easy-to-Read in the Classroom

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Presented at Klaara Conference on Easy to Read Language Research. Helsinki (Finland) - 19-20 September - . 2019
Abstract As stipulated in the United Nation Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), people with disabilities have a right to education and to “reasonable accommodation of the individual’s requirements” (CRPD 2006). The Department of Translation Technologies at the University of Geneva is collaborating with Handi-Capable, a Swiss association that supports the families of children with Cerebral Palsy (CP), on a project, which aims to enhance inclusive education in Switzerland. Easy-to-Read (EtR) language research has resulted in (a) the development of guidelines concerning the adaptation of texts and (b) its potential for various target groups with reading difficulties being demonstrated, i.e., dyslexia, learning disabilities, dementia, low literacy, nonnative speakers etc. (Tronbacke, Nomura, and Nielsen 2010). In view of this versatility, one of the goals of our project is to determine whether such guidelines can be applied to the learning material adapted for children with cognitive impairment, as the proportion of children with CP and intellectual impairment has been reported to vary between 40% and 65% (Dalvand et al. 2012). For this purpose, a questionnaire will be sent to the specialised teachers in the French-speaking Canton of Vaud, in Switzerland. This exploratory study will enable us to collect data on current practices, the level of adaptation of the materials and the technology used in class. This data will underpin the design of a further study to test EtR content in a real-life scenario. We expect that the abovementioned studies will contribute to the development of a new set of methods and best practices designed to improve inclusive education and success for children with special needs.
Keywords Easy-to-readLangue facile à lire et à comprendreSpecial educationSpecialised teachersCanton of Vaud
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CASALEGNO, Elisa, BOUILLON, Pierrette, RODRIGUEZ VAZQUEZ, Silvia. A Survey on the Learning Materials for Children with Special Needs: Building a Case for Easy-to-Read in the Classroom. In: Klaara Conference on Easy to Read Language Research. Helsinki (Finland). 2019. https://archive-ouverte.unige.ch/unige:123519

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