Our children, including children with special educational needs (SEN), have a right to an appropriate education. So the aims of education for kids with SEN are the same as apply to all children. Education should be about enabling all children, in line with their abilities, to live full and independent lives so that they can contribute to their communities, equally cooperate with other people and continue to learn throughout their lives. Education is about supporting children to develop in all aspects of their lives - spiritual, moral, cognitive, emotional, imaginative, aesthetic, social and physical.
We believe that the active and responsible participation of parents and families is a crucial factor in the success of children with SEN. Parents can help their children to develop an organised approach to learning, build trust and open relationships which will result in a rounded and a confident child.This project aims at developing non-formal education for parents of children with SEN and also for specialists working with children with learning difficulties who want to constantly document and keep informed about their recovery.
Thanks to this project, parents and specialists involved in the educational process of children with SEN will directly contribute to the social recovery and integration of our target group children.
Children with educational challenges will thus have the opportunity to benefit from recuperative activities not only in the school environment - with therapists - but also in the family environment with parents.


The innovative idea of the project started from the fact that the parents of our target group children face different stressful and existential situations (most of the times they feel socially marginalized together with their own children).
We wanted to develop a WEB network at European level for parents who have children with SEN and develop motivational films of development of positive thinking, because - most of the time - parents are not interested in their own mental health but have a single goal, "to contribute only to the physical and mental development of one's own child".
Together with the idea of developing positive thinking of parents with children with SEN, we will also develop non formal education short movies through which they have the opportunity to learn how to work with their own child, being a continuation of the therapeutic process that the child makes it together with the specialists.
Main objectives of the project: 

[1] making of motivational films of positive thinking and non-formal education with therapeutic examples for parents of children with SEN and for specialists wishing to benefit from continuous training;
[2] developing of communication relations between parents-children-therapists community;
[3] improving relationships between parents who have children with SEN and parents with children without educational challenges;
[4] raising positive awareness of the local community;
[5] discovering the lifestyle of a parent who has a child with SEN;
[6] getting knowledge of new opportunities offered at EU level, intercultural and linguistic development;
[7] developing lasting partnerships at the European level;
[8] accumulating knowledge and classification of information on children with disabilities;
[9] upgrading of non-formal education through cooperation and technology;
[10] motivating parents to communicate with their own children and to know new options;
[11] exploring particular strategies and approaches that can be employed in non-formal education
[12] establishing adequate mechanisms for review and revisions of non-formal education for children with SEN.


The long term task of our project is in recognizing and learning successful experiences of non-formal education for parents of children with SEN, in understanding that weaknesses could be always balanced by amazing strengths. And in assisting the overall process - by striving to implement programs of non-formal education that inform our youth about the complexities and possibilities of the world in which they are growing up; empower them to address many challenges in their own lives; and provide them with endless opportunities to be inspired by the joys, wonders and mysteries of the natural world and human achievements




Rise and Rise Strong Female -development, inclusion and improvment the quality of life of women is a strategic partnership of 6 organizations all active in the field of non-formal learning, adult education and lifelong learning coming from UK, Italy, Turkey, Russian Federation, Cyprus and Romania.

The project aims to develop basic and civic competencies by an intergenerational exchange between female senior volunteer adult trainer and young women in NEET and/or with migration background. We consider that each group of women has certain competencies, which can be shared with other women. On the one hand, young unemployed women are not fully aware of their fundamental rights and their non-formal competencies and there is oftentimes a lack of autonomy among these women. However these women have grown up with information technologies and therefore have an easy access and related skills to ICT services. On the other hand, our female volunteer trainers have not the necessary competencies with the everyday use of ICT but they can share their life experiences as active citizens and transfer some of their non-formal pedagogic tools. In order to close this gap, we want to cooperate on a European level with these trainers in adult education, senior volunteers and their learners to exchange good practices from each other. This intergenerational learning setting will help young unemployed women to valorize their competences, develop basic skills and knowledge about active citizenship and rights with the support of senior women and the autobiographical methods that they will apply. The young women will help senior women to get better access to modern technologies.

The idea for the project is based on the results of a successfully completed Grundtvig project. Within this project "Ambassadors of active citizenship", the so-called "Giovanna's" have been formed on the autobiographical method. These senior women, all actively engaged in civil society and local NGO's have discovered and learned to use the different tools of the autobiographical method in order to help other women to valorize their informal competencies. After the end of this project all participants felt a strong need to continue using this method and even use it in a larger sense by working on a follow-up project now including young female women.

Our main objectives will be to: 

- Valorize civic competences of young NEET and migration women

- Increase awareness of the fundamental rights, means of social prevention and active citizenship among young women

- Exchange of best practices between trainers in non-formal education for adults (autobiographical method, valorization of basic competencies)

- Reduce the intergenerational and gender gaps in ICT competencies 

- Increase awareness of the importance of digital inclusion

Our target group of this project will be: 

- European young unemployed adult women (NEETs and Migrants)

- European Adult Trainers in non-formal education; senior women involved in local NGO

The problem of low basic and civic competencies among adults is not just a national but certainly European problem. For us it is an evidence to treat this problem therefore even so on a European level. The idea is to exchange the best practices in non-formal education and to use the best and improved methods on a national level in each involved partner country.

Three transnational meetings between project coordinators and trainers of the different organizations will be organized during the 2 years project in order to identify and share good practices on intergenerational learning and non-formal methods, especially including ICT. After each meeting, training courses on a national level will be organized in order to stimulate the intergenerational learning between women and to test and develop the shared learning tools.

At the end of the project the 30 adult learners, trainers and volunteers will have the chance to meet and exchange during a training course. Working sessions about "Women in today's European societies" will be organized which enable the women to exchange and debate about differences and similarities within their countries and to meet with local NGOs engaged in female rights. 

The adult learner will improve their basic competences and develop a greater awareness of their skills and opportunities they have in society and that it is up to them to make a change. The project is about the valorization of each woman no matter of her age or social or cultural background. Trainers and volunteers will gain expert knowledge in non-formal learning and improved ability to apply these in their daily work through the exchange of best practices. With this strategic partnership, we want to enable non-formal trainers to work together, to exchange their learning approaches, enable women to meet and learn beyond national borders by working together on a European level.




According to Turkish Statistical Institute; 

• In Turkey, the population rate of the disabled individuals is 13,45 %, and 14,59 % in Marmara region, where our city is located. 

• In Turkey 61,8 % of disabled population is 23 years and older. 

• 41,6 % of disabled individuals are illiterate. 

• 96,69% of them are hopeless about educational oppotunities for them. 

• 25,6 of them expects increase in educational opportunities. 

Thus, we aim to create educational opportunities for adults with disabilities by means of our project. There are 2780 special needs students identified in our institution, 871 of them are adults. The target group of the project is adults with special needs. As an institution we place adults with special needs to different adult education courses specialized for adults for special needs like ceramic, athletics, music, voice training, knitting, jewelry design, folk dance, and plain weave.   

Adults with special needs attend courses with the aim of gaining knowledge, improving their manipulative skills or acquiring a profession. At this point placing them to the most appropriate course is very important because the courses will prepare them for life and at one point the courses will determine the quality of their lives and their families' lives. Therefore, with this project we aim to develop an assessment tool to place the students to the most appropriate course by taking into consideration their needs, interests and talents. With this tool, special needs adults will discover their interests and talents, their self awareness,self efficacy and self confidence will increase and as a result, they will be more content with their lives 

All the partners of the project are institutions dealing with adults with special needs. SC Psihoforworld from Romania develops cooperation and communication activities for young people with disabilities and they implement sports activities, playful activities, theater and art therapy and they contribute to the development of friendship, communication and cooperation relations between young people with disabilities and young people without deficiencies. 

IIAPHS from Italy includes experts in psychology and social sciences: social psychology, psychometrics, cultural psychology. They have expertise about competencies models: Their group is working at the definition of a competency model for intelligence analysts. 

Association for Education and Development of Disabled People from Greece organizes courses of computers, accountancy, language etc. In addition they aim through their activities to provide disabled with skills so as to ensure employment. The association supports disable by offering advisory and psychological support to trainees and their families, socialization and education circulation programmes, pedagogical programmes, computer and accounting courses, domestic economy programmes, gymnastics and athletics programmes, entertainment and creative occupation. 

ARDA from Germany offers courses with certifications and contribute to the expertise in a wide range of fields such as management, electricity, job security, disabled care and the education of people with disabilities, food preparation etc. They have successfully completed more than 50 projects consisting of a wide range of the fields including the education of people with disabilities and inclusive education. They have also successfully completed Erasmus projects " Investigation of the Methods, Materials and Techniques used in the Education of People with Disabilities", "Trainers Changing Roles in Inclusive Education". 

There will be 4 transational meetings during the project. First transnational meeting will be held in Turkey in the second month. This will be acquaintance meeting and introduction of the Project and timeline will be made. The second meeting will be held in Greece and the third one in Italy. The target of these meetings is to coordinate the process of the application of inventory. The last meeting will be held in Germany to make general evaluation of the project, inventory and dissemination activities. 

There will be 5 learning and training activities with 15 psychological counselors, special needs teachers and special needs specialists from 5 participant countries. These meetings wil be held in Germany, Italy, Greece, Romania and Turkey respectively. In these meetings, we will make workshops to develop the invetory, attain trainings to learn how to develop an inventory, and make observations in special needs institutions. 

The intellectual output of our project will be an international assessment tool in English, Turkish, Italian, German, Greek and Romanian. Pre-test,post-test and questionnaire applications and statistical analysis will be used to assess the validity, reliability and applicability of the inventory.At the regional, national and international levels, creating innovation and raising awareness in the field of education of the adults with special needs is the ultimate goal.     



TRAIN-INC Achieving social inclusion of people withintellectual disability through an innovative cooperative learning training approach


 Thereality for many personswithintellectual disabilities in Europe is that obstacles, such as discrimination and exclusion,still prevent them from being able to enjoytheirfull and equal rights and to participatefully in their communities as defined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Personswith Disabilities.Excluded from the labor market, manyof themlive under the poverty line, which only deepens their social exclusion and marginalization. Since 2010, the economic crisis has affected all Europeans citizens, and even more severely the already vulnerable \groupof persons with disabilities. lin line with the situation pointed above,the general objective of the project is increase the employability degree of people with intellectual disabilities to improve their personal autonomythrough the social and employmentinclusion.

To achieve the project objectives, the partnership will develop the following specific aims:

1) Improve social inclusion training itineraries existing for people with intellectual bilities, transforming them into innovative itineraries based on theuse of the methodology and resources of cooperative learning, which allow people with intellectual \disabilities to be active agentin the teaching proces.

2) Train thestaff responsible for train people with intellectual disabilities to implement cooperative learning methadology,its resources and instruments. 6 partners are part of the consortium.It tries to reflect the heterogeneity of the EuropeanUnion, this consortium is used to work with the target groupofthe project. The consortium combines the experience of SNRSS and MEDATLANTIA, working with social enterprises having intellectual disabled employees with the experience of AMICOS(coordinator) o BAPID. The work PSIHO and IGRAO VASCO asassociations of disabled people with large experiencein the training of their target group. These two entities has no previous experience managing Erasmus+ project, in the case both are newcomerin ERASMUS+ programme.Thedistribution of the activities is based on the different fields of expertise from the partners.

The activities to be developed by the project are:

- Developmentofspecific training itinerary in the pre-work competencesin order to get a work placement.

- Developmentofspecifictraining itinerary in work competences needed to keepa job.

- Developmentofspecific training itinerary in work competences needed to create self-employment with support.

- Developmentof accessible software by applying easy reading and augmented reality for learningskills for obtaining and maintaining employmentorself-employment.

- Training of trainers,

- Developmentofpilot tests with final beneficiaries (local pilot training sessions and transnational blended mobility).

- Implememtation ofa transnational Blended Mobility of learners, for people with intellectual disabilities.

 The main results of implementation activities will be:

- 1 Training contents about pre-work competences in orderto get a work placement developed;

- 1 Training contents about work competences needed to keep a jab developed;

- 1 Training contents about competences for create self-employment with support developed;

- 1 Accessible software (easy reading and augmentedreality) for learningskills for obtaining and maintaining employmentorselflemployment


- 1 Emotional archive: Video of experiences and opinionsof the participants of the pilot sessions created;

- 1 Prototypeofa specific business modelof entrepreneurship developed;

- 1 Short-term jointstaff training event(transnational training of trainers event in Romania;

- 1 Blended Mobility in Portugal to test the training context and resources, based in cooperative learning methodology, develop and in transnational framework;

5 Local pilot training sessions with final beneficiaries to test the training contents developed;

- local training oftrainers events to disseminate the project results developed;

F 1 Social Innovation Day for employmentheld in the context of the International Cooperation Day heldin Poland;

- 1 International meeting on ICT and people with disabilities held in Bulgaria;

- 1 International Meeting of Social Entrepreneurship held in Romania;

- 1 Open doors Day for inclusion and universal accessibility held in Portugal;

- 1 Final Conference held in Spain in orderto disseminate and capitalize project final results.

The methodelogyto apply will be based on the permanentcooperation ofthe project partners, applying the premises of\cooperative learning for the implementation of the project and the development of the intellectual outputs.

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