|Inclusion Europe’s Hungarian member ÉFOÉSZ is giving classes on easy to read.|
They are teaching students on how make information
The organisation is using materials
Many students have signed up for the classes.
Inclusion Europe’s Hungarian member organisation ÉFOÉSZ has been giving lectures on ’Accessible communication and easy-to-read’ at Hungary’s most prestigous university. The lectures have been targeting social worker students at the Faculty of Social Sciences at ELTE during Spring terms in the academic years 2013/2014 and 2014/2015. While the class was among the optional ones, in the first year 13 students registered and this year already 16 students signed. Easy-to-read communication is a method through which accessible information can be provided to persons with intellectual disabilities and people who have difficulties in understanding difficult words.
Students have learnt about accessible communication based on the tools developed by Inclusion Europe and its member organisations in the Pathways and Pathways 2 Project, that aimed to make lifelong learning programmes more accessible for persons with intellectual disabilities. In order to ensure that more people with intellectual disabilities have access to lifelong learning programmes, a particularly strong emphasis was put on the dissemination of project materials, such as the ‘European standards on how to make information easy to read and understand for people with intellectual disabilities’ or ‘the training program for lifelong learning staff to learn how to write texts easy to read and understand’.
University students gained not only theoretical, but practical knowledge on developing easy-to-read material. Through a number of interactive group exercises, students could practice how to write in easy-to-read or modify a text to make it more accessible. This is an essential skill to obtain if they will work with persons with intellectual disabilities and other groups that have limited verbal skills.The students had to take an exam to prove their understanding of the theory and practice of easy-to-read.
ÉFOÉSZ is planning to continue giving lectures about accessible communication and easy-to-read in the next academic year. This initiative is an excellent example to sustain projects after their life-time and further disseminate the materials that were created by the partners.
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