Six-Month Braille and Sign Language Training Concludes

 

Gender, HIV/AIDS and Special Needs Mainstreaming Directorate and College of Education and Behavioral Science conducted Braille and Sign Language Skills Training to 35 academic and non-academic staff members of Haramaya University and teachers from surrounding schools. The training was conducted for six months in the University’s main campus

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During the certificate award ceremony, Prof. Nigussie Dechassa, Vice-president for Academic Affairs said “Haramaya University is working to insure high quality services of all types (academic, social, physical, environmental, etc.) to students with disabilities in the University.” The six-month training was aimed toward providing access to educational materials to students with visual impairment in their respective colleges and departments.

According to Prof. Nigussie, the University is working to remove all barriers of education to students with disabilities, and as it is essential to provide access to higher education to students with disabilities.

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University officials who were present in the ceremony have promised that the University will take all possible measures to remove barriers of education to students with disabilities, encourage those who are assigned to work on this issue, and support them in their efforts.

The two trainers, Mr. Olani Wakjira and Mr. Tewodros Tadesse, from the Special Needs and Inclusive Education, who conducted the training received awards from Dr. Belaineh Legesse, Vice-president for Administrative and Students Affairs.

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The mainstreaming Director, Mrs. Emebet congratulated the trainees and said, “With the skills that you have developed from the training, you should serve the community in need.”  She also promised that the Directorate will continue its multidimensional support to students with special needs in the University, focusing on four major Issues: access to education, access to social and physical environment in HU, capacity building of students with special needs, capacity building and skills trainings to staff and community from surrounding areas. She also underlined that the six-month training was fully sponsored by their office.

On the event, a research article from AAU entitled: “Assessment of the situation of students with disabilities in Ethiopian Universities” was presented by Mr. Olani, Department Head of Special Needs and Inclusive Education.

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Mr. Olani has also provided 2500 Braille reference books to the Main Library, and he said, “This was done as contribution for equalization of opportunity and participation maximization of students with visually impairment on equal basis with their non-visually impaired peers, during their life in University.”

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