Inclusive Education

Amanda Cox, Carleton University

I work with SMART technologies and they work a lot with education, and they have a product called the SMART Table.

And what the SMART Table is is an interactive touch-screen table that children can work together on and collaborate and learn and have fun at the same time.

The problem is that the SMART Table is not accessible for children with disabilities.

So in order to get around that, I made the technology smaller so that there would be a lot more leg room underneath, as well as it’s adjustable in heights, because wheelchairs are often very custom size, so they’re all different heights.

Another problem that I found with the existing table is not everybody can open their hand to be able to interact with the screen, so I created a series of accessories for those children who have dexterity impairments, so they would be able to use these accessories to interact with the table in a different way.

It’s really important to be inclusive.

And it’s been shown that inclusivity and inclusive education is actually beneficial for both the disabled and the able-bodied students — everybody’s academic scores goes up in that situation so it’s definitely beneficial.