The IDEA research unit offers research, networking and training services:
The overall objective of IDEA is to provide expert, relevant and comprehensive research on disability inclusion in education in Africa, paying specific attention to the education and support of children with disabilities as well as their caregivers, families and communities within the context of inclusive educational systems.
We are dedicated to the provision of expert, relevant (culturally congruent) and comprehensive research and consultation and multi-faceted approaches/ multi-stakeholder collaborative practices with persons with disabilities, caregivers, families and communities within the context of quality, inclusive educational systems.
Through IDEA we will facilitate the development of appropriate and relevant curriculum frameworks for disability inclusion and conduct multi-faceted research pertinent to policy development and implementation in inclusive education.
Networking plays an integral role, building and further developing the landscape of teacher education for inclusive education. Through IDEA we aim to stimulate dialogue and discussion regarding disability inclusion among all relevant stakeholders and networks. We also aim to contribute to scientific knowledge in the field of disability inclusion in education Broaden awareness and showcase the importance of disability inclusion in education.
Another service IDEA provides is the development and dissemination of innovative face-to-face and online training in inclusive education for teachers, education officials, support workers, therapists and other inclusive education stakeholders.
The online and face to face courses is focused on these two areas of need:
Training for teachers and district officials; and
Training for higher education institutions, especially TVETs and private teacher education colleges.
Through UCT’s School Development Unit , IDEA offers various online courses, such as the Disability Studies in Education Course.
The DSE course aims to empower educators to reflect critically on how they might support disability inclusive practices, promote dialogues within a community of inquiry, explore support systems for educators that promote equity, equal access and dignity for learners with severe to profound sensory or intellectual disabilities. This year the course will be running online starting on 28 September.
Please contact us if you are interested in attending this course or set up teacher education programmes.