From Iceland – New website shows accessibility performance in secondary schools
The Union of Icelandic Secondary School Pupils has launched the Support Bank, which ranks schools’ performance in terms of accessibility and services for those with learning needs, reports RÚV.
The website was developed with input from students with learning needs. Questionnaires were sent to schools to collect data for the website.
Júlís Viggó Ólafsson, the director of the Upper Secondary Students’ Union, believes that this website is important as it provides a comprehensive overview of accessibility levels at each school for prospective students. He also believes this is the first time schools have had to systematically review their accessibility issues.
Ármúli Multisport School was ranked the highest in the country. Flensborgarskóli in Hafnarfjörður, as well as secondary schools in Egilsstaðir, Akureyri, Borgarfjörður, Hamrahlíð, Westman Islands and Vocational School in Akureyri also scored over 70 points on the questionnaire. However, all items in the question are scored the same. This means that schools without wheelchair access are deducted the same number of points as schools that do not post a campus map on their website.
Menntaskólinn á Laugarvatni and Ásbrú had the lowest scores and four schools did not respond to the questionnaire.
The support bank can be accessed here.