The ADORE project aims to bring accessibility to the forefront of higher education curricula related to communication. The ADORE team will create an accessibility training toolkit that responds to the accessibility learning needs of university teachers and trainers in the field of communication.
During the meeting, participants discussed the final work for the creation of a needs-based accessibility training manual for university teaching and training staff working on higher education communication programmes. The training toolkit includes both visual and written training materials that cover the main gaps identified during the training needs analysis. It targets the teaching and training staff of the higher education communication programmes identified during the mapping. The toolkit is divided into two main parts: 1) how to develop accessible communication content and 2) how to provide a more inclusive teaching environment in higher education communication programmes.
The project team also focused on establishing a link between the training on accessible communication and the existing demand for this type of roles in the labour market. It does this by highlighting the job roles that accessible communication specialists could have in the future job market using personas. These personas can be used in collaboration to the accessibility toolkit to show university teachers and training staff (and subsequently students) what they can do with the new knowledge they have acquired and how it can be put to best use. The personas can also be used by organisations representing the rights of groups such as people with disabilities, older adults and immigrants.
ADORE is carried out by a consortium of five European partners (Tallinn University, Funka Nu AB, University of Maribor, Paris-Lodron University Salzburg and the INUK Institut za napredno upravljanje komunikacij). ADORE is coordinated by Tallinn University Baltic Film, Media and Arts School. The project coordinator is Dr. Anastassia Zabrodskaja, Professor of Intercultural Communication, and Head of the MA programme in Communication Management.