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Inclusive Direction in Education of Adults on Article 12
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Dec 31, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The idea of the project “IDEA 12” comes from an observation that full legal capacity of persons with disability is still restricted in practice. Implementation of the latest EU legislation, namely Article 12 “Equal recognition before the law” of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, has been slow and patchy. This project contributes to enhancing the implementation of Article 12 which requires a coordinated and transnational intervention. It uses an innovative form of adult education as a tool of change.Awareness-raising strategies about the right to full legal capacity must be improved:- Strategies should include crucial target groups able to contribute to shifting the paradigm: professionals from support services, public administrators, educators and people with disabilities and their families.- Strategies should be consulted with advocacy organizations of persons with learning disabilities and mental health problems. It is important to actively involve people with personal experience of using supported decision-making.- Training materials, statements and other documents should be shin “easy read” format to allow people with learning difficulties to access information.- Examples of good practice on supported decision-making should be published on the EU level and with consultation with advocacy organizations of persons with disabilities.Mentioned problems relates to poor awareness-raising and access of people with disabilities to capacity-building and training. This project aims to improve awareness-raising and capacity-building and education by:1) Preparing a written material on the right to full legal capacity and the right to support (assistance) in decision-making for people with learning disabilities and mental health problems which will improve awareness about Article 122) Preparing a written material on how to support a person in decision making which will improve awareness about good practice on supported decision-making3) Preparing an inclusive training on supported decision-making for professionals, public administrators, people with learning disabilities and mental health problems.The project “IDEA 12” is innovative in two ways: It aims to improve inclusiveness of education through involving trainers with first-hand experience of using decision-making support in co-working model with other one experienced lecturer. The target audience of the training will also be composed of participants with different needs and abilities (people with disabilities, support services, university students and lecturers). Secondly, the project aims to create the first basic training to be standardized and accessible across the EU.The project aims to achieve the following results:1) Position paper will include the most important statements regarding inclusive training and raising awareness about Article 12 CRPD and about supported decision-making. It will serve as a reference document for preparing inclusive training and for the final multiplier event.2) Best practice in supported decision-making will summarize examples of best practice in supported decision-making. It will serve as a resource for lecturers delivering national inclusive trainings.3) Handbook on delivering inclusive training on supported decision-making will support trainers in preparing and delivering inclusive trainings on Article 12 CRPD and on supported decision-making. 4) An international group of 30 lecturers who will be able to prepare and deliver inclusive trainings on supported decision making on the national level. Trainers will be people with and without disabilities who will deliver training in co-working model.5) A set of national inclusive dissemination events for people with disabilities, their families and professional supporters, university students in social work, education and law, public administrators, policy makers and general public.6) EU Multiplier Event in Madrid.7) Project website: All project outputs will be published on the project website.The main impact of the project is in encouraging people to think and work differently and more inclusively. The project is founded on the belief that, with the right support, everyone is able to achieve great things, regardless of their support needs. Supported decision making and fully involving people with learning disabilities in decision-making processes enable people to have choice and control over their lives.Development of all project intellectual outputs and its “easy read” versions will show power of European-wide collaboration and joint learning which overcomes barriers caused by languages and disabilities.
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