Education Accessibility for All

Physical boundaries should never stand in the way, especially when it comes to education.

 

In the modern western world, the internet and technological devices are something frowned upon by many. People still believe that we need to get off of our phones and go read a book. But what if we were reading a book on the device you just told us to get off?

education accesibleLiterature is no longer related to just a physical book. Using the internet and technology to gain literacy skills is a viable form of education at any age. For example, the internet is a good tool for those with physical limitations to access books and education, with minimal physical effort.

I personally suffer from mobility issues due to my fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. This has become a large barrier for me when pursuing my education. When I was in University, I found my own virtual books, and sometimes professors would even share links to virtual educational tools. My ability to access these online tools is what helped me when I could not physically attend lectures. I relied on options of e-learning to finish my University degree.

education accessibleUnfortunately, the more traditional forms of education don’t favor. Online learning is still not widely accepted as a reasonable form of learning. Some education systems haven’t realized that for some people attending class and carrying physical books is not an option.

Accessibility to education is still such a large issue for people with disabilities. we need to advocate and take action to ensure education is accessible for everyone. One way is supporting the presence of online tools to aid learning and include them in the curriculums.

Visit the World Literacy Foundation website to find out more about how you can help to break down barriers and facilitate the right resources to people to acquire literacy.

Written by: Elizabeth Atkinson

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