The University of Oviedo collaborates with the CRUE and the ONCE Foundation to promote universal accessibility to the formative curricula
November 03, 2014
Researchers from the Departments of Education Sciences and Psychology are part of the project Curricular Formation in Design for everyone, alongside other teachers from 17 Spanish universities
The Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE) and the ONCE Foundation presented today in Madrid the project entitled "Curricular Formation in Design for everyone", an initiative with which they will introduce the basic concepts of design for everyone and universal accessibility to the formative curricula of the university studies of Business Administration and Management, Law, Medicine, Pedagogy, Psychology and Social Work.
The presentation act featured interventions by the President of the CRUE, Manuel José López Pérez, and the Executive Vice-President of the ONCE FOundation, Alberto Durán. Presented by Isabel Martínez Lozano, Commissioner for University, Youth and Special Plans of the ONCE Foundation, the event also had the presence of the Director of Universal Accessibility of the ONCE Foundation, Jesús Hernández, and the Coordinator of the Work Group on Disability of the University Network of Student Affairs (RUNAE) of the CRUE, Ángela Barrios.
The University of Oviedo participates in the project through one of the work groups of the Degrees in Pedagogy and Psychology, to which Professors Alejandro Rodríguez Martín (Department of Education Sciences) and Laura E. Gómez Sánchez (Department of Psychology) belong. They have both actively participated in the design of this curricular proposal for their corresponding Degrees, with the aim of forming professionals who take disabilities into account and who apply their knowledge to design and provide completely-inclusive services.
The initiative has the collaboration of the Sectorial Academic Committee of Spanish Universities (CASUE) and the University Network of Student Affairs (RUNAE). 30 teachers from 17 Spanish universities and more than one hundred expert professionals int he field have participated in the project, whose goal is to make the diversity of people be taken into account from the very first moment in which a product, good or service is thought and designed.
The objective of the project, coordinated by Maribel Campo, is to develop tools to introduce the basic concepts of design for everyone and universal accessibility in the formative curricula of six university Degrees, taking into account both the learning process and the competences that the students have to acquire for the exercise of each concrete profession in relation to people with disabilities, their rights, their needs and how to resolve them, or how to research in this field, among other issues. Therefore, the six publications that will be presented as the results of this project are a tool for Spanish universities to promote the inclusion of design for everyone in their university curricula, and thus abiding by the European norms for this matters.