Foundation for Research and Technology Hellas – FORTH

Country: Greece

Role: Coordinator

Website: http://www.iacm.forth.gr/index_main.php?l=en&group=6&page=about

Contact person: Dr. Kathy Kikis-Papadakis, Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie w przeglądarce obsługi JavaScript. 

The Foundation for Research and Technology-Hellas (FORTH), established in 1983, is one of the largest research centers in Greece with well organized facilities, highly qualified personnel and a reputation as a top-level research foundation worldwide. The research and technological directions of FORTH focus on areas of major scientific, social, and economic interest. The Foundation, with headquarters in Heraklion, includes six Research Institutes in different parts of the country. FORTH currently employs 1080 people (researchers, technicians and administrative staff). FORTH currently trains around 320 students from Greece and other European countries.

The Educational Research and Evaluation (ERE) Group operates within the Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM), which is one of the founding institutes of FORTH. The Group’s research concerns are in areas of educational and social innovation with particular focus on the aspects of gender, S&T, ICT, adult education and leadership in education. The scope of activity is on research for modeling and the building of understanding of the emerging social, pedagogical/training and policy trends in Europe. The underlying concern is the identification of methods which can foster effectiveness in social cohesion and learning for responsible decision-making and improvement of education and lifelong learning services. This is achieved through the design and implementation of awareness development activities with the actors of the educational community, the carrying out of applied research, digital forms of course design and implementation, and the conduct of programme evaluations. The Group’s research and evaluation activity is addressed under the scope of policy comprehensiveness and coherence within and across the sector of education and related sectors from a learning tradition perspective. Over the years, the Group has developed conceptual tools to facilitate policy and tangible outputs to direct self-reflection for practitioners on matters pertinent to education and training.

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Stowarzyszenie Na Rzecz Mlodziezy Sprawnej Inaczej "Smialek"

Country: Poland

Role: Partner

Website: www.smialek.org

Contact person: Wojciech Dużewski, Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie w przeglądarce obsługi JavaScript.

Association For People With Learning Disabilities „Śmiałek” had been opened on the 1-st of January 2001 in thanks to the parents, management, sponsors and voulonteers. At first we had got only Occupational Therapy Workshops but since october of 2006 Smialek have got also Communal Home of Mutual Aid. For today in our Association works about 20 people, who are well prepared to their work with about 70 learners. Our organisation works for people with moderate and severe disabilities, Down’s Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy. Our work is a kind of mission to help people with learning disabilties to find their own place in Europe. Occupational Therapy Workshops were built for people who are older then 16 years old. It works from Monday to Friday, from 8 to 15 and the main task is to prepare people with learning disabilities to work and live in social group. Our learners are working in groups prepared to their level of disability and according to their manual skills. Communal Home of Mutual Aid was built in October of 2006 as a local Organisation for adult people with learning disabilities, who need help of others. Main tasks are to provide psychologial care, residence during the day, make social rehabilitation for our learners and their families, and finally raise their independence and self-esteem.

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Jaunuoliu Dienos Centras –JDC

Country: Lithuania

Role: Partner

Website: www.pjdc.lt

Contact person: Mrs. Lina Trebiene, Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie w przeglądarce obsługi JavaScript.

Jaunuoliu dienos centras (JDC) is a social service institution that was established in 1996 by Panevezys Town Council in Lithuania. We provide day activities for disabled youngster’s severe and moderate physical and intellectual impairment over 18 years of age. These activities include small work tasks, drama, art, sport, IT and informal education. We also provide social care for our clients. Our mission is to foster the uniqueness of each person while working towards the integration of disabled people into society. We give a lot of importance to links with the community and organize special activities such as a theatre festival, sport competitions and Christmas activities. JDC is constantly seeking to develop through professional staff development, creating new activities that lead to development opportunities for disabled people and cooperating with organizations in other countries, adopting good practice from abroad. At the moment the institution joins 50 users with various types and degrees of disabilities: users with mentally, mobility, speech problems and long term diseases.  The age of our users is 18- 39 years. The staffs 27 person: special needs teachers, social workers, the assistants of social workers, auxiliary and administrative staff. The Institution was founded to ensure a steady occupation for the mentally disabled young people, to advocate and promote their rights and interests and to offer wide range social services and support, to improve their educational, vocational and living skills. We organize educational, cultural, sporting activities and social events, offer free of charge transportation with adapted vans, free of charge use of modern computer technology and internet access, free of charge photocopying and enlarging educational materials, organizing personal assistance, offer advice and help related to educational, vocational and living matters. We collect information on educational and living conditions of disabled students and make efforts to improve them. We raise public awareness about issues related to people with mental disabilities and encourage positive change for all disabled people. We cooperate with similar organizations home and abroad.

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RIX Research, University of East London – UEL

Country: UK

Role: Partner

Website: www.rixresearchandmedia.org

Contact person: Kanchan Kerai, Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie w przeglądarce obsługi JavaScript.

RIX Research and Media is a research and development centre based at the University of East London (UEL) that is dedicated to developing innovative applications of new media for the benefit of people with intellectual disabilities.

RIX Research works with people with disabilities alongside their teachers and supporters to explore innovative, inclusive approaches to education, health and care. We use a ‘Living Lab’ model, whereby prototype software and models of training and support are developed and piloted in collaboration with users in the community. RIX works with local and national government, service provider and advocacy organisations that vary in scale from international groups such as Inclusion Europe, to Specialist Schools in the UK and adult learning Centres in our local East London neighbourhood.

At the heart of RIX work is an approach we have developed called ‘Multimedia Advocacy’ that uses photos, video and audio clips with basic text to capture and share an individual’s preferences and views. The Multimedia Advocacy approach is built upon the principles and values of person centred practice and applies software and multimedia production tools to help people with intellectual disabilities communicate more effectively and so take greater control over their own lives, gaining independence and social inclusion. An individual’s Multimedia Advocacy portfolio provides a focus for people with intellectual and communication disabilities to guide families, friends and professional supporters to work effectively together in a continuous process of listening and learning to realise life goals.

As part of our research around Multimedia Advocacy we have developed an online tool called the ‘RIX Wiki’. Our numerous trials and pilot studies have shown the RIX Wiki to be a valuable tool for person centred planning and the sharing of accessible information. RIX Media is a not-for-profit social business that has been established to make the RIX Wiki available across the intellectual disability community in the UK and internationally, with a package of training and support to enable the effective implementation of this innovative solution for social inclusion.

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Myndigheten för tillgängliga medier – MTM

Country: Sweden

Role: Partner

Website: www.mtm.se

Contact person: Mrs. Ulla Bohman, Ten adres pocztowy jest chroniony przed spamowaniem. Aby go zobaczyć, konieczne jest włączenie w przeglądarce obsługi JavaScript.

Swedish Agency for Accessible Media, MTM, is under the administration of the Ministry of Culture. Our mandate is to ensure that all persons with reading impairments can access literature, information and daily newspapers through media and format appropriate to them.

Since January 1, 2015 the field of Easy-to-Read which the Center for Easy-to-Read has carried out since 1987, is part of the agency. All the staff from the Center for Easy-to-Read now is part of the agency.
+20 years of experience running training, workshops in how to write easy-to-read and to make information, literature and news accessible for persons with reading difficulties due to intellectual disabilities, other disabilities, dyslexia, having Swedish as a second language or being an un-trained reader.

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