| The future knowledge-based economy is beginning
to take shape where students will take responsibility for their own
learning, and traditional teaching methods will be augmented by online
interactive learning environments. All people will benefit from this
technological advance regardless of their educational ability, personal
circumstances, employment commitments, or their level or type of disability.
Many individuals will be given a new direction and purpose through
education where previously this may have been vague or indeterminate.
Those with disabilities will be included rather than excluded from
online education, providing the groundwork towards a much more inclusive
society where talented leaders will come from all backgrounds. A
higher educated population will be a more confident one, and will
allow greater competition from countries traditionally excluded
by their status as poor or under developed.
Using this system, educational courses that are accessible to all
people can be uploaded to the Internet and studied from remote locations
leading to a long-term increase in educational standards for everyone.
The ALFA project system will have no language restrictions enabling its use in a global setting,
and the system will overcome many obstacles in the development of
the knowledge based economy.
We welcome feedback from everybody, but would be particularly grateful
to hear from:
Individuals who are interested in online accessibility or disability
People with disabilities who wish to contribute to the ALFA
Project, or add insights from personal experience.
Universities and colleges wishing to examine the site because
it complements their research programmes, and who may wish to
share resources with this Project.
Health and Education Professionals interested in this research
who recognise the potential of the ALFA Project to allow them
to do work more effectively with a diverse range of student ability
on a geographically independent basis.
On behalf of Self Direction, who are a registered charity
in the UK, companies who may be interested in Disability Awareness
Training for their staff to ensure that their company does not
breach any aspect of Disability Rights through a lack of knowledge.
People who would be interested in becoming Partners of the ALFA Project.