Govt nod for guidelines to develop e-content for children with disabilities. The Centre authorized the publication of guidelines for developing e-content for children with impairments on Tuesday.
Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ approved the move, which builds on the government’s comprehensive program launched on May 17 last year, when it launched PM e-VIDYA with the goal of unifying all initiatives linked to online education.
The plan will also generate specialized e-content for Divyang (Children with Disabilities-CwDs), according to a statement from the Education Ministry.
In support of this aim, the Ministry of Education’s department of school education and literacy established an expert group to offer criteria for developing e-content for these youngsters.
Standards for CwDs, also known as Children with Special Needs (CWSN), For the first time. Make a concerted effort to guarantee that the goal of inclusive education is accomplished.
The Committee issued a report titled “Guidelines for the Development of Electronic Content for Children with Disabilities,”. Which had eleven parts and two appendices. The Ministry of Education shared, presented, debated, and accepted the report.
The report’s e-content standards emphasize the need of developing e-content for people with disabilities. Which is based on four principles: perceivable, operable, comprehensible, and robust.
Additionally, the requirements state that electronic information, which includes. Text, tables, diagrams, images, audio, and video, must adhere to accessibility requirements.
Govt nod for guidelines to develop e-content for children with disabilities
Technical standards apply to both the distribution platforms on which material is posted and the reading platforms or devices on which material is viewed and interacted with.
To address the unique requirements of students with disabilities they advocate Reasonable pedagogical modifications. Section 4 of the paper details the technical standards and recommendations.
Additionally, the committee suggested converting the textbook to Accessible Digital Textbooks in phases (ADTs). ADT material should be available in a variety of forms. (text, audio, video, sign language, etc.) and should include toggle switches.
Additionally, ADTs should allow CwDs to react in a variety of ways to the material or activities.
These principles will serve as a springboard for the development of high-quality material for children with special needs receiving digital education. They are dynamic by nature, capable of improvement as a result of experience and the advancement of new technologies.