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Ursula Hinostroza


Ursula Hinostroza Castillo is currently supporting the UNICEF Innocenti – Global Office of Research and Foresight through a six-month internship working on the Digital Learning and Learning is For Everyone (LiFE) workstreams. Her experience on research includes the implementation and data analysis in diverse research projects located in Colombia and Spain encompassing the fields of inclusive education, acculturation and migration studies. Furthermore, she also was a former lecturer at the University of Lleida (Spain) and a dissertation supervisor at the master’s degrees in ADHD, learning difficulties and language disorders at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Ursula holds a PhD in Education, Society and Quality of Life from the University of Lleida, holds an Erasmus Mundus master’s in social work with families and children from the University of Stavanger (Norway), University of Gothenburg (Sweden), Institute University of Lisbon (Portugal) and Makerere University (Uganda), and a bachelor’s in psychology from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana (Colombia).


3 smiling girls hold tablets containing the Accessible Digital Textbook.

Innovating for Inclusion: Testing Uruguay’s first Accessible Digital Textbook for children with and without disabilities

Children with disabilities are 49 per cent more likely to have never attended school compared to children without disabilities. Even when in school, children with disabilities still face unique and additional barriers to learning, including limited access to appropriate and accessible teaching and learning materials. New and innovative technologies can be catalytic to advance inclusion in education to ensure ALL children can access, participate and learn in school. The UNICEF-led Accessible Digital Textbooks (ADT) initiative, in collaboration with Ministries of Education and implementing partners, follows Universal Design of Learning (UDL) principles to design and produce accessible digital textbooks (ADTs) for children with and without disabilities, to ensure that all students can learn together. ADTs have accessibility features such as sign language videos, navigation support, voice over and image descriptions, subtitles and interactive UDL activities.