The TEDI project (headed by the University of Cape Town in partnership with Christoffel-Blinden Mission) and co-funded by the European Union aims to empower teachers to provide quality education for learners with severe or profound sensory of intellectual impairments through training that is focused on inclusivity, diversity and addressing learners’ disability specific needs.
In doing this TEDI is developing short, face-to-face courses and accompanying online courses (MOOCs) for educators, focusing on the following areas: disability studies in education, the education and care of learners with severe to profound intellectual disabilities, teaching learners with visual impairment, and teaching learners who are D/deaf or hard of hearing.
Telephone: 021 650 2489
Address: Room 16 E48
Old Main Building
Our short course on Teaching learners with visual impairment (low vision and blindness) was held for the very first time from 1 – 5 October 2018 at the Health Sciences Faculty, University of Cape Town. The 5 days were filled with fun, experiential engagements and learning through use of panel discussions, and mind stimulating practical exercises. This space also promoted the building of new networks, new friendships and sharing of resources and knowledge from both facilitators and participants. It also opened the opportunity for participants to reflect on their own teaching as one noted “I feel equipped, empowered, rejuvenated and ready to implement and reflect on my teaching. A better person has emerged in me”. Hats off to all the teachers out there who are making a difference in the lives of learners with visual impairment.
The piloting of our first two TEDI courses was a great success. Participants on the Disability Studies in Education course (16-20 July 2018) were enthusiastic, engaging and committed to upskilling themselves in order to provide quality education to learners with disabilities. The days were jam-packed with stimulating content, debate and conversation. One participant noted “The course was extremely informative, particularly putting into context where, when and how special needs education started, what has been achieved and where we are going to. A must for every person involved with special needs education”.
The Education and Care of Learners with Severe to Profound Intellectual Disabilities short course (23-27 July 2018) took place at Reeds Country Lodge in Worcester. Participants were energetic, passionate and dedicated. Each day was filled with informative sessions, experiential learning, and fun and laughter. In designing posters, one group of participants wrote: “We strive to help our children to develop at their own pace to their full potential. We do it with LOVE and a lot of patience”. A big thank you to all those involved for making these courses such a huge success.
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