New Perspectives in Science Education

Edition 13

Accepted Abstracts

Inclusive Pedagogical Books: Strategies and Options to Build Accessible Resources

Nuno Fragata, ESAD, LIDA, CICS.NOVA.IPLeiria – iACT, Politécnico de Leiria (Portugal)

Catarina Mangas, ESECS, CICS.NOVA.IPLeiria – iACT, CI&DEI, Politécnico de Leiria (Portugal)

Carla Freire, ESECS, CICS.NOVA.IPLeiria – iACT, CI&DEI, Politécnico de Leiria (Portugal)

Pedro Ferreira, ESECS - Politécnico de Leiria (Portugal)


Education, in Portugal, suffered recent legal changes that increased inclusion principles for students with Special Needs. Those laws generate new opportunities and actions, involving new pedagogical resources that must be accessible to children with or without disabilities. There are still few of these adapted products to use in the education context, whereby a multidisciplinary team from the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria (composed by teachers, investigators and students) is developing the project Learning Products for ALL (ProLearn4ALL). This project intends to create ludic and pedagogical products that create awareness in children from Primary School toward inclusion and respect for people’s diversity. From those new products, we emphasize books with a pedagogical inclusive mission in their subjects and also with strategies and accessibility options that allow them to be explored by ALL users, trying to reduce communication barriers. For such result, we assumed Design for ALL basic principles, creating products that respect human diversity. To empower this work, Education, Arts and Social Sciences get together, validating productions in a sequence of critical reflection, dialog and continuous improvement. This process occurred in several stages, starting from the texts made by higher education students to focus on sensitization to disability. Those initial texts resulted in simple but accessible prototypes to be developed from Arts and Design students, which increased books with different communication possibilities, such as bigger font letters, Braille, audio text, symbols and haptic illustration. All these communication strategies and options served the purpose of making books for children that can be used at school, at home, or in any other significant learning context where children can use these books as ludic and pedagogic objects.

Keywords: Inclusive Education, multi format books, accessible communication, ProLearn4ALL;

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