UNIVERSITY PROGRESSES IN ITS GOAL OF BEING AN INCLUSIVE INSTITUTION

THIS INITIATIVE JOINS MANY OTHER ACTIONS IN THE FIELD OF INCLUSION. ONE EXAMPLE ARE THE AND MAS-O-THÓN AND ODONT-O-THÓN STUDENT CAMPAIGNS



November 25, 2016

“Inclusive Approach” is the name that identifies the new contribution of our university in the field that distinguishes it as one of the higher education institutions in the country that exhibits the greater progress in the field of inclusion.

The name Inclusive Approach was chosen for a series of television capsules addressed to the population with the aim of educating about the treatment and care of blind people.

In this first series, pioneer in regional television, aspects that seem simple for those who do not have vision problems, but who acquire great importance for the blind: how to help them to get into a car correctly, to sign and read a document, going up and down stairs, serve food and interact with blind people are taught.

In a didactic way, citizens can understand the correct way of doing it, through these capsules produced, processed and transmitted by CAMPUSTV, as the public role and ties with the environment that the television station of our University has. Another relevant aspect of the capsules is that it teaches viewers the correct use of the language, since saying "blind" is not offensive, that it is the appropriate word to refer to someone with visual impairment.

The Inclusive Approach series was developed with the scientific counseling of Viviana Estrada, professor of Kinesiology. Other professors and students of the program supported the development, where blind people rehabilitated through the Community Intervention course collaborated.

The executive director of CAMPUSTV, Liliana Guzmán, underlined this effort, that aims to build a more inclusive society, which is consistent with the role of social responsibility and of collaboration with the community that our television channel has, which led us to think about how to guide the citizens, mainly when they have a relative, a acquaintance or a friend who is blind and who does not know how to approach or how to collaborate with their needs."

Inclusive Approach is aired through the 25.1 signal in Talca, through campustv.cl internationally and it is available in the social networks of the channel.

This initiative is not an isolated event, but it joins many other actions in the field of inclusion. An example of this are the Mas-o-thon and Odont-o-thon campaigns, led by students of Dentistry and Kinesiology from our University, to collect voluntary contributions to support the crusade in favor of the Telethon Centers.

Also in recent years, our University implemented a set of measures, according to its inclusion policy, where it climbed 15 places in the ranking list of universities of America Economía.

To substantiate this rise, the director of University Social Responsibility (RSU), Ivan Coydan, explained that there has been a great investment by our Academic Institution in aspects that have to do mainly with access infrastructure to buildings. "Similarly, we put emphasis in that some seminars and workshops we always include the element of sign language, for example, in such a way as to provide access to the knowledge and skills to all the public," he emphasized.

As part of that policy, audiobooks were produced, there were signs in Braille installed in buildings and crawlers to avoid stairs were purchased, while all new built structures possess elevators, in addition to improved access and ramps.

Likewise, new initiatives are constantly being added, such as GeoUtalca, the mobile application for blind people who can visit the Talca Campus and enjoy the Sculptures Park.

The director of the Engineering in Video Games and Virtual Reality Development program, Felipe Beosaín, and creator of the system, explained some of its features. "It marks a geographical sector, so that once it detects that the people are near that area, it transmits an audio associated to the sculpture within that geographical location, which allows generating a very interesting experience," he said.



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