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How To Use Tech To Teach Children With Disabilities About Their Rights [VIDEO]

Can mobile technology be useful to educate children with disabilities of their rights? Yes. That’s the result of a project carried out by the Autism Society Philippines (ASP). The idea of the project was to use digital books to teach children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down Syndrome, AD/HD, Intellectual Disability, Cerebral Palsy, deafness, and other disabilities about their rights. Based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) more than 600 children and more than 1000 parents, siblings, teachers, and service providers received information about the right to a good education, the right to play and rest, and the right to be protected against verbal and physical abuse were. The technology used in this project were digital talking books according to DAISY Standards. DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) is a technical standard for digital audio books, periodicals and computerized text (Wikipedia)

While reading a DAISY book, a reader can go to the next or previous page, chapter or sentence. These books can be distributed on a CD/DVD, memory card or through the Internet. DaisyYou can listen to DAISY books on:

  • Standalone DAISY Players
  • Computers using DAISY playback software such as AMIS
  • Mobile phones
  • MP3 players – with limited navigation
  • iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad

What was the result of the use of digital talking books in the work with children with disabilities:

„As a result, it was a breeze for the teachers to motivate the CWDs in actively participating during the discussions and evaluations. In addition, the DTBs provided the CWDs with opportunities to share personal experiences in relation to the rights presented, learn responsibilities attached to their rights, and seek solutions or alternatives if and when their rights get violated. It also paved the way for the CWDs to assert their rights in specific situations, much to the surprise of their parents and teachers.“

via Digital talking books: An alternative way of educating children with disabilities of their rights


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Lutz Siemer

Lutz Siemer

Education, Research & Development in Social Work & IT After working as an alternative practitioner and psychotherapist in private practice for nearly ten years I stepped over to higher education in 2005. At Saxion University of Applied Sciences I lecture and do research and development in the area of Social Work, Psychology and IT. Currently I'm focussing on merging mobile technology and social work.

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