Head of Pedagogy in Differential Education UCN in discussion on disability and inclusive narratives « UCN news up to date – Universidad Católica del Norte

Head of Pedagogy in Differential Education UCN in discussion on disability and inclusive narratives « UCN news up to date – Universidad Católica del Norte
Head of Pedagogy in Differential Education UCN in discussion on disability and inclusive narratives « UCN news up to date – Universidad Católica del Norte

Karina Vásquez Burgos was invited to participate in an activity to share experiences about access and support networks in Chile.

The head of Pedagogy in Differential Education at the Universidad Católica del Norte (UCN), Karina Vásquez Burgos, participated as a speaker in the recent discussion “Disability and Inclusive Narratives: Experiences on access and Support Networks, Chile”, held at the University of Antofagasta (UA).

His presentation, titled “Social Imaginaries of Intellectual Disability: educational practices and special job training,” highlighted the importance of educational inclusion and the development of job skills for people with intellectual disabilities. “Four speakers presented at the event, including me, contributing from special education to bring us closer to these collaborative instances regarding teacher training. Furthermore, they reveal the ability to connect with research and bring us closer to current views on conversations at ministerial levels, promoting a link with the environment and educational inclusion.”highlighted the academic.

The discussion, framed in the FONDECYT Research Initiation project No. 11230383 stage 2024, brought together students and academics.

Gina Morales Acosta, event coordinator and UA professor, stressed the importance of making visible and addressing the needs of people with disabilities in Higher Education. “It is essential to put the issue on the table, due to the high rates of disability in the region. “Universities face a great challenge when receiving students from school inclusion programs, and it is essential to involve all careers and levels of knowledge in this task”he mentioned.

Likewise, he highlighted the collegiate work with other institutions and the development of the virtual communication and language laboratory, which produces inclusive narratives in Chilean sign language, pictograms for people on the autism spectrum, and audiobooks for people with low vision.

Adolfo Gaona, third year Speech Therapy student, expressed his satisfaction with the day: “It is important that these spaces are provided”Adolfo stated, pointing out that during his first years of his career he did not have access to this type of experiences, which has enriched his learning.

The discussion not only provided a space to share knowledge and experiences, but also strengthened support and collaboration networks between educational institutions, promoting a more inclusive and accessible education for all.

 
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