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NEU, “International Barrier-Free Informatics 2019 Congress” Jury Prize

By Ahmet Abdulaziz ….

The Near East University recently added another feather to its cap by getting the Special Jury Prize of the “International Barrier-Free Informatics 2019 (BİLTEVT2019) Congress”.

The congress was held  in cooperation with the member institutions of Turkey Barrier-Free Informatics Platform. The Congress was  organised by the Secretariats of Maltepe University and Celal Bayar University .

According to the information released to the press by  Near East University,  the “Barrier-Free Informatics 2019 Award Ceremony was held within the scope of the Congress where the studies were shared under the theme of Universal Design in Information Technologies and calls were made to the software experts for easier access to information. The “Special Jury Award” was given to the Near East University for its pioneering activities, workshops, activities and contributions.

Speaking at the panel session of the Congress, Near East University Institute of Educational Sciences Director Prof. Dr. Fahriye Altınay drew attention to the importance of scientific studies and projects carried out through international cooperation in the field of higher education and barrier-free technologies. Stating that scientific basis will create lasting solutions, Prof. Dr. Altınay presented the outcome of the activities carried out by the institute in this direction.

Co-Chair of Social Research and Development Center, Prof. Dr. Zehra Altınay, in her presentation said that the center has taken the first step in barrier-free informatics since 2013 and thanks to the newly established monitoring committee, they have fulfilled the function of monitoring and auditing rights in every field as an institution. Stating that the basis of permanent sustainable activities has been ensured by providing coordination between the Near East University and Prime Minister’s Disability Services Coordination Board, Prof. Altınay gave information about the barrier-free database they have established in cooperation.

Significant outputs obtained…
At the end of the conference, where it was emphasised that information technologies are very important for the participation of disabled people in education and economic life and that disabled people are to take part in every area of life, an important outcome was obtained. Strategic steps such as allowing employment for disabled people, increasing scholarship and consultancy services for disabled people, increasing professional development programs according to employment conditions, fulfilling the unimpeded program conditions of those who have priority in employment in higher education programs, ensuring barrier-free technologies and organising social responsibility courses in higher education institutions were determined.