E-Learning and Braille Formatted Modules, One of the Forms of MoSA Presence

E-Learning and Braille Formatted Modules, One of the Forms of MoSA Presence
Writer :
Iin Saputri
Editor :
Karlina Irsalyana
Translator :
Fia Arista Dewi

CIMAHI (September 5, 2022) - We should be grateful when the MoSA included the word 'inclusive' as an element in its slogan. The slogan was humanist, adaptive, dedicated, inclusive, and responsive or abbreviated as HADIR (Presence). These five elements will always be put forward in all the services of MoSA to all citizens.


Especially regarding inclusiveness, MoSA provided services that were accessible to all levels of society without exception. One of them was in the field of education and training. The education, training, and professional development center (PUSDIKLATBANGPROF) of MoSA recently visited Abiyoso Center to identify the needs of persons with disabilities for an accessible digital learning system. This visit was represented by a team consisting of A. Zein Arifin (Trainer Specialist), Umi Badri Yusamah (Trainer Specialist), Mujiastuti (Senior Trainer), and Bonnie Isramirania (Junior Trainer).


During this visit, the Pusdiklatbangprof team had time to test the accessibility of their website, elearning.kemensos.go.id, using a laptop with a screen reader installed. As was known, the ability of persons with visual disabilities to access the cyber world could not be separated from the help of screen reader programs. With a screen reader, persons with visual disabilities could operate sophisticated devices independently. However, there were still some digital items that were sometimes not compatible with the screen reader's working system. Therefore, it was necessary to conduct a trial first before a digital work or program was declared accessible for users with visual disabilities.


"We want to create a Pusdiklatbangprof that is inclusive and accessible to everyone," said one team member, Mujiastuti. On that occasion, Muji also briefly asked a civil servant with a visual disability at Abiyoso Center named Iin about the most suitable format for a blind person to learn.


"I prefer to read Braille to study, but when it comes to doing questions, I prefer digital format because it can be clicked directly to find out if it's true/false," answered Iin.


Of course, the answer of one of the civil servants could not represent all persons with visual disabilities. Some were more comfortable using digital formats as a preference when studying a material. We were very proud and grateful when these two formats could be applied in the preparation of learning modules.


This was well realized by Pusdiklatbangprof. This visit was not their first visit to Abiyoso Center to facilitate access for persons with visual disabilities to an inclusive learning system.

In 2019, when Abiyoso Center was still called the Indonesian Braille Literacy Center (BLBI) 'Abiyoso', a similar visit was carried out to establish collaboration in terms of translating learning modules into braille format. BLBI Abiyoso then started the production process of the braille format modules in 2020. This proves the seriousness of MoSA to provide the widest opportunity for all people, including persons with visual disabilities to actively participate in education and training activities at Pusdiklatbangprof.

From this initial trial conducted at Abiyoso Center, it was said that the elearning.kemsos.go.id page was quite accessible for screen readers. However, improvements still needed to be made to a small number of icons to improve their readability.

Of course, we all hope that by identifying this problem, the accessibility of the e-Learning page could be optimized so that there were no more significant obstacles to training participants with visual disabilities. In addition, the community also hopes that this effort could be followed by other institutions working in similar areas.

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