Experts of the Presidential Grants Fund supported the project of the CIU to create online educational courses for the deaf and hard of hearing.
The project of Nina Myalina, a teacher of the Nizhnekamsk branch of KIU, and the team of the KIU Project Office "Online courses for obtaining secondary vocational education for the deaf and hard of hearing" became the winner of the Presidential Grants Fund.
The Russian educational environment for people with disabilities is currently experiencing great difficulties. So, there are not enough teachers-specialists in working with deaf children, the shortage of teaching staff reaches almost 80%. As a result, an impressive part of deaf children do not receive proper education. Even among those who graduate from specialized boarding schools, many write poorly, with mistakes and do not learn to read a lot. The scores that the deaf receive in schools do not allow them to enroll in colleges and universities, to receive the necessary professional education. KIU online courses are designed to partially solve these problems and help people with disabilities in professional development or retraining.
Within the framework of the project, 3 online educational courses will be created: "Budget business", "Accounting" and "Interior Design" with sign language translation. The choice of professions is not accidental: they are the most popular specialties in the labor market. The developed courses will be posted publicly on the Youtube channel for mass use by the deaf and hard of hearing, regardless of their place of residence. In addition, the project will recruit 3 groups for online training. School graduates and students with hearing problems, as well as deaf and hard of hearing aged 25 to 60 years, who have a profession but are not in demand on the labor market, or who have decided to get additional education in order to realize themselves and improve the quality of life, will be able to study in groups. At least 100 people living on the territory of the Republic of Tatarstan will be able to take part in the project.
Information about these courses will be distributed among schools and boarding schools for deaf and hard of hearing children, as well as through the Tatar Republican branch of the All-Russian Society of the Deaf.
Upon completion of the courses, everyone will pass certification and receive a certificate of obtaining professional additional education.
As part of the further development of the idea, expanding the educational opportunities for the deaf and hard of hearing, it is planned to increase the number of online courses. It is also planned to expand the audience by increasing the territorial coverage of the project, partners and interested communities will be involved.