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Mada new platforms to aid access to education, culture, society sectors

Mada new platforms to 
aid access to education,
culture, society sectors

Qatar Assistive Technology Center (Mada Centre), affiliated to the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC), has launched two platforms on its website to support access to information from various sources in the education, culture and society sectors.
The first platform is dedicated to supporting comprehensive digital education. It supports distance learning as an initiative that guarantees comprehensive education for all students, especially those with disabilities and job restrictions. It contains programmes and open educational resources (OERs) available on internet with an open licence, and provides a set of interactive online services for teachers, learners, parents and others involved in the education process. It also offers the information, tools and resources necessary to support education in accordance with the principle of universal design for learning and a comprehensive digital learning environment.
In addition, the platform offers a variety of applications that are categorised into sections to improve specific skills such as reading, writing, cognition and mathematics. In addition, it provides accessible, designed and developed educational resources that have been approved by Mada Centre to meet the needs of students of all levels, abilities and knowledge capabilities in general and students with disability in particular.
The second platform supports the society through enabling everyone – especially people with disabilities and the elderly -- to access information from digital sources and services which they need on a daily basis, such as government services, purchasing services, health services and many other useful services.
CEO of Mada Centre Maha al Mansouri said the launch of the two platforms reflects the centre’s mission to unleash the potentiality of all persons with functional restrictions through capacity-building. Mansouri noted that the two platforms function in accordance with best practices and international standards to support access to information, digital resources and services available in the education, culture and society sectors.
Mansouri added that that the platforms aim to facilitate access to information for all persons and ensure the full participation of persons with disabilities in education and community activities, enabling them to live independently and enjoy all aspects of life.
Mada Centre is a private institution for public benefit, which was founded in 2010 as an initiative that aims at promoting digital inclusion and building a technology-based community that meets the needs of persons with functional limitations (PFLs), persons with disabilities (PWDs) and the elderly.