How do you educate learners with disabilities in open and distance learning?

9 July 2021

On July 8, UNESCO and UNPRPD is organizing a webinar on "Ensuring Inclusion of Learners with Disabilities in Open and Distance Learning" in Almaty for participants from Central Asia and the Caucasus on the Zoom platform.

The webinar aims to present the UNESCOs Learning for All: Guidelines on the Inclusion of Learners with Disabilities in Open and Distance Learning to all stakeholders on the integration of technological approaches used to provide education for persons with disabilities. Recognizing the value of open and distance learning (ODL) as one of the most sustainable methods of overcoming the educational barriers faced by people with disabilities.

Topics for discussion

Webinar will cover aspects of ODL-based education system using Open Educational Resources (OER), Free and Open Source Software (FOSS), and Open Access (OA).

The webinar draws on guidelines to provide an overview for governments, educational institutions, educators and curriculum developers. developers, as well as quality assurance and recognition bodies, in developing ODL platforms, processes, courses, exams and more to address the needs of all users.

The webinar will allow stakeholders to easily navigate and assess the degree of capacity building they need to undertake, based on a contextualized selection of relevant criteria.

These assessments are made possible by allowing stakeholders to strategically assess the specific issues that will arise in the ODL discussion, from preliminary actions to implementation and monitoring processes for educational programs.

During the webinar, participants will be able to assess with three action checklists: the prerequisites of the ODL; its implementation; and the monitoring process.

Expected results:
  1. Strengthen the capacity of representatives from government agencies, educational organizations, and the civil sector to provide inclusive open and distance education.
  2. Familiarize all stakeholders with basic guidelines and recommendations for the inclusion of students with disabilities in open and distance learning.
  3. Provide recommendations to improve the legal and regulatory framework for ODL to select, develop, use, maintain, assess, and evaluate suitable platforms and tools.

The webinar will be attended by representatives of ministries of education, educational organizations, digital and distancing learning platform developers, civil society and other institutions working to ensure inclusive education for persons with disabilities from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia as well as organizations from Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia.

The webinar will be held in Zoom platform with the simultaneous interpretation from English to Russian and vice versa. To register please follow the link:

UNESCO Resources
  • Learning for All: Guidelines on the Inclusion of Learners with Disabilities in Open and Distance Learning (EN, RU).
  • Video version of the Learning for ALL Guidelines Webinar by Dianne Chambers (EN)
  • The UNESCO OER Recommendation is available (EN)
  • Agenda and the Concept (EN)/(RU)
  • Zoom Background for the Webinar(EN)
  • Online polls:
    1. Prerequisite Action in Checklist (EN)
    2. Implementation Actions Checklist (EN)
    3. Monitoring Processes Checklist (EN)
    4. Emergency Response Checklist (EN)
  • Diane Chambers, UNESCO Presentation (EN, RU)
  • Dorodi Sharma, flagship initiative of the International Disability Alliance for Inclusive Education (EN) and the Global Report of the International Disability Alliance for Inclusive Education (EN, )
  • Nurlan Zhanibek, Microsoft Compendium of inclusive instruments (RU)
  • Poll results (EN)
  • Webinar recommendations (EN, RU)

Video record of the webinar in English:

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