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Procurement for More Inclusive Education. European Inclusive Procurement Discussion Series. A collaboration of the European Disability Forum, G3ict, and Microsoft
This 90-minutes expert roundtable discussion will explore and promote a greater uptake of the European procurement directive’s accessibility provisions. Participants will discuss how technology, particularly in the COVID era, is transforming education; how accessible technology deployments benefit education institutions, teachers, and learners; the basics of accessible ICT procurement policy and standards and their impact on inclusion and equity in education.

Our interactive discussion will cover these critical topics:
• Digital Transformation in Education: How are education systems digitally transforming? How, along with embracing digital technology, is it critical that all students and teachers can participate?
• Inclusion, Accessibility, and Equity: How can accessible technology help learners, each with unique strengths and abilities, to succeed?
• EU-Level Commitments to Inclusive Education. What are key European norms and regulations for socially responsible public procurement?
• Procurement in Support of Inclusive Education. How can education systems specify accessibility for persons with disabilities in the procurement of ICT products and services. How can education systems use EU ICT accessibility standards to support key steps of the typical procurement process, from defining requirements to managing contracts?

Expert Discussants:
- Humberto Insolera, European Disability Forum (EDF)
- Susanna Laurin, Funka, G3ict Representative to the EU
- Ivana Juraga, Directorate General Education and Culture, European Commission
- Esa Kaunistola, Microsoft
- Janet Looney, European Institute of Education and Social Policy (EIESP)
- Catherine Naughton, European Disability Forum (EDF)
- Inmaculada Placencia-Porrero, Directorate General Employment, European Commission
- James Thurston, The Global Initiative for Inclusive ICTs (G3ict)
- Caroline Wright, British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA)

Feb 24, 2022 02:00 PM in Brussels

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