The Belgian non-profit 'CAP48' recently designed a new type of bell that helps schools integrate disabled students. Although schools have become more accessible than in the past, disabled students still face a number of challenges that prevent them from joining their peers in everyday activities. This unique initiative calls attention to the fact that schools in Belgium and France need to do more to integrate disabled students.
To increase awareness about accessibility issues, CAP48 designed a school bell that delivers messages from disabled students. Instead of projecting the sound of a traditional school bell, the unique device plays personal messages from handicapped children. The messages are designed to play at specific times, such as lunch and the end of the day. The messages describe how the students wish they cold join in the various classroom activities, but are unable to because the environment is not accessible.
The initiative has already caught the attention of the Belgian Minister of Education Joëlle Milquet, who vowed to make accessibility a top priority.