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Digital Barrier-Free and Psychosocial Support for Students with Disabilities in Distance Learning Environments


Oksana Kravchenko, Natalia Koliada, Larysa Berezivska, Svitlana Dikhtyarenko, Svitlana Baida, Larysa Danylevych


Vol. 22  No. 8  pp. 15-24


The article clarifies the conditions for information, digital and educational accessibility for higher education seekers with disabilities in terms of distance learning caused by quarantine restrictions. It is established that such conditions are regulated by international and Ukrainian legal documents (The Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Sustainable Development Goals, Law of Ukraine “On Education”, Law of Ukraine “On Higher Education”, Strategy for the Development of Higher Education in Ukraine 2021?2031, Development Strategy areas of innovation for the period up to 2030, Development strategy of the sphere of innovation activity for the period up to 2030). As a part of information barrierlessness, Higher Education Institutions (HEI) should provide access to information in various formats and using technologies, in particular Braille script, large-type printing, audio description (audio descriptive commenting), sign language interpretation, subtitling, a format suitable for reading by screen access programs, formats of simple speech, easy-to-read formats, means of alternative communication. The experience of Pavlo Tychyna Uman State Pedagogical University is described. In particular, special attention is paid to the study of sign language: in view of this, the initiative group implemented the project “Learning to hear and overcome social isolation together” with the financial support of the British Council in Ukraine.


, Inclusive Education, Distance Learning, Information Accessibility (Barrierlessness), Digital Accessibility (Barrierlessness), Educational Accessibility (Barrierlessness), Project.