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European Network for disABILITY
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: Nov 30, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The care and support of many disabilities are almost exclusively in charge to families and voluntary associations that deal with care. The lack of experts who help parents of disabled children, the lack of connection between the health facilities and the school, the limited school support, make that for some disabilities it is not possible to get any feedback on the progress of rehabilitation (learning, socialization, capacity building etc) and that these depend exclusively on the scrupulousness of the family, in direct proportion to the economic conditions, the socio-cultural context and the place of residence. this creates a dual speed support: those who have the means and who do not have them, creating inequalities in inequality. It just so happens that the same disability is treated differently in a family rather than in another, in a context rather than in another, in one country rather than another. In order to address this problem, all the parents and families are made aware of the solutions, methodologies and best practices. Moreover, the examples of good practice and good qualification, should become the common heritage and should be valued, emphasized, disseminated and made available to all. The aim of the project was to build a network for sharing and disseminating experiences and skills of the operators in support of disability, enhance them and make them accessible at European level. The project aimed to create connections between operators, associations, families and institutions to generate value and disseminate experience and knowledge that must be shared, transferred and replicated by spreading useful models to all and applicable in other contexts. Youth workers who work in this field and collaborate with organizations and institutions that deal with disabilities, become disseminators and multipliers of experience at European level, through the sharing of solutions and the exchange of best practices, methodologies and skills with other countries. The training course aimed to develop a sustainable network of organizations working on social inclusion field, by promoting development of youth workers’ skills and competencies and by supporting professional development of youth workers in the field of social integration and in rehabilitation of young people with disabilities. Objectives and expected results were: - developing different tools and methods of informal education for work with young people with disabilities, - sharing experiences, innovative methodologies and good practices in the field of social inclusion and support to rehabilitation, - building new qualitative partnerships in order to create a network of stakeholders (non-profit organizations, social workers, associations of people with disabilities, local authorities, facilitators and European youth workers) which will carry out new projects and new initiatives to facilitate social integration and socialization of young people with disabilities in Europe, - promoting measures for the integration of young people with disabilities at European level, - providing knowledge about technical skills and methodological support to facilitate the involvement of the people with disabilities in all fields (formal and non formal learning, sport and leisure activities, training and working), - promoting integration and socialization of young people with disabilities in society, through exchange of experience and work in a team, - bringing together European youth workers working with young people with disabilities in order to promote cooperation among them and develop new project ideas, - contributing to develop participants' skills and competencies, especially in regard to potential innovation in supporting rehabilitation and in promoting integration of people with disabilities, The project involved together 32 youth workers from 7 Programme Countries, who work with people with disabilities and who are interested in developing skills and competencies in this field. The whole training course methodology was based on non-formal education activities and it included a consistent part of practice (learning by doing). Innovative approaches and methodologies used in facilitating learning processes, like as technical tools to support management of participatory process and coordinating group works of participants. Additionally, within the training course, was developed a specific module on innovative practices and work approaches of youth workers in disability field, with a support of qualified and certified trainers. The project results were shared on social media platforms and websites, in order to share training course outcomes, like good practices and learning experiences.
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