PhD Student, Department of Audio and Visual Arts, Ionian University.
The role of Media Arts in the education of people with disabilities and/or special educational needs: Investigating the fostering of creativity in individuals with mental retardation through a media art program.
The purpose of this research is to investigate the role of media arts in encouraging the creative self- expression of people with special educational needs and more specifically of people with intellectual disabilities. This study aims to contribute to the integration of arts in the education of people with disabilities and/or special educational needs. The main research question focuses on whether/in what degree the creative use of media arts in art engaging activities contributes to the sensory stimulation, the formation of aesthetic values, the development of skills and abilities and the fostering of creativity in people with intellectual disabilities. The second research question focuses on evaluating the accessibility and usability features of media arts when used by people with intellectual diasbilities engaged in creative art activities. Through the intersection of art, technology and special education we hope to produce useful outcomes aiming to enrich teaching practices, to improve learning achievements and to offer people with disabilities and/or special educational needs more chances to have full access to learning, art and life.