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ICT for Inclusive Education: Possibilities in Kazakhstan

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According to the State program of education development in Kazakhstan for 2011-2020, the inclusive education system will be introduced and then improved by 2015. This program supports equal access to education for children with special needs. However we also have to consider the access to higher education for adults with disabilities (approximately 430,000 people). The Kazakhstan inclusive education system should provide equal opportunities for lifelong learning and professional development. In this presentation we will consider the possibilities of using information and communications technology (ICT) to support adults with special learning needs. We think that ICT has great potential for people with disabilities and can help to access open educational resources and workplaces. We argue that Kazakhstan government pays insufficient attention to access of people with disabilities to higher education. One of the ways to improve this situation can be special support programmes for the implementation of accessibility technology (web and computer accessibility) in Kazakhstan. One other important aspect is providing broadband and mobile access to the Internet. We need to involve Kazakhstan society in solving the problems of people with disabilities. University students and volunteers can help adults with disabilities to use new technologies and tools that will allow them to study in universities and in getting a job.

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