The Disability Voices Project team from Gaza held a workshop at the Women’s Studies Center at the Islamic University to gather qualitative data on the needs of disabled students in Palestinian universities. The workshop aimed to identify the training needs to develop skills in media literacy and storytelling to improve the competencies of disabled students in using social media and modern technologies to effectively convey their voices to the world.
The project research team, represented by Dr. Mahmoud Jalumbo, Coordinator of the Disability Services Center, Nisma Al-Ghoulah, and Project Coordinator Sherehan Al-Masri, participated in the workshop. A number of students with different disabilities, including hearing, visual, and mobility impairments, also attended.
During the workshop, opinions were discussed regarding the skills needed by disabled students in the field of media literacy and storytelling. The workshop concluded with a series of focus group and individual interviews with sample members from various universities, in addition to Islamic University students.
This workshop is part of the Disability Voices Project’s activities to develop narrative and media literacy methodologies and technologies for disabled university students in Palestine. The project is funded by the British Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), managed by Dr. Nazmi Al-Masri, in partnership with the Work Against Violence Foundation, and in collaboration with the University of Birmingham in the UK.
The Disability Voices Project team hopes that the results of the workshop will provide valuable insights into the needs of disabled students in Palestinian universities and enable them to make significant progress in their academic and social lives.
Overall, this workshop is an important step towards creating a more inclusive and accessible education system that caters to the needs of all students, regardless of their abilities.