Project

explore and identify issuesThe overall aim of the project is that, through transnational collaboration, the participants will explore and identify issues for the training of professionals to develop methodologies addressing lifelong learning and work related issues in the development of people with multiple disabilities and visual impairment during their transition towards work, people who have difficulties in accessing the formal vocational training system and the traditional employment market in their member states. The professionals are in need of training methodologies and curricula to rehabilitate and educate the target group so they can increase their capacity to improve their potential employability by acquiring or updating their basic and general work skills.


staff trainingThe partnership and its work groups includes a range of expertise - such as adult educators, vocational trainers, special education teachers, university lecturers, researchers, private consultants, together with users organizations- and it will look at the issues involved in enabling professionals to support the project beneficiaries to develop their citizenship, including routes to and forms of work, continuing education, personal and social development, and the methodologies, materials and staff training required to achieve this. For a disabled person, and especially for those with multiple disabilities, reaching the labour market is a major challenge, as it implies overcoming overwhelming barriers in school, when going to university, taking the local bus or even surfing on the Internet. Therefore, the partnership will address ways to overcome these barriers and help to implement the UN Declaration of Rights for People with Disabilities in all our member countries.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES AND STRATEGY

To train staff to develop their skills and competencies in the following areas:
  • Job mediation (job coaching): give people with MDVI mentors / job coaches in the work place, work with employers, to help their approach and attitude, find suitable jobs, and establish an appropriate support mechanism.
  • Valued activities: Individuals with MDVI have identified the need for meaningful activities on a holistic basis, not just for work but for all areas. Therefore professionals need to be trained and enabled to offer valued activities which will lead the.  individuals with MDVI to seek work.
  • Social and personal skills: Because of the wide range of individuals with MDVI and the increasing spectrum of need, more training is needed for professionals. The partnership has identified as a fundamental need for individuals with MDVI  to have training in this field. The professionals working with individuals with MDVI therefore need the tools to increase or support self-esteem of the MDVI individuals and thus increase their active citizenship.
  • Assistive technology: There is a large increase in assistive technology, an increase in the development of technology and therefore the training of staff in  this area the ability to use and implement this is crucial to enable the appropriate support to be offered to the individual with MDVI.  The development of technology empowers the client but due to fast progress in this area, staff needs to be better trained, and to be able to evaluate, and recognize what assistive technology is available throughout Europe.

The approach to meet these objectives will be done by holding seminars, working meetings, and collecting good practices. Combined the partnership will build a knowledge base that will support the guidelines.