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Recueil de Cas pratiques pour Conseillers en Insertion professionnelle des Travailleurs Handicapés
Start date: 01 Sep 2014, End date: 31 Aug 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

One in six people in the European Union (EU) has a disability (LFS AHM 2002) that ranges from mild to severe making around 80 million who are often prevented from taking part fully in society and the economy because of environmental and attitudinal barriers. For people with disabilities the rate of poverty is 70 % higher than the average (EU-SILC, 2004) partly due to limited access to employment. The European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 (European Commission 2010) asks partner countries to implement a number of actions aimed to ease insertion in the labor market (the goal is defined as ‘Enable many more people with disabilities to earn their living on the open labour market’) and to participate more in education and training (‘Promote inclusive education and lifelong learning for pupils and students with disabilities’). Career counsellors are one of the essential actors for implementing the policies addressed to people with disabilities, as they support them in their job search and help them to get motivated for learning and ‘find their way’ about the many and often not known existing possibilities for re-skilling and validation of not formal and informal learning. Unfortunately in many European countries career counselors training happens mostly on the job, hence the need for a targeted activity of training focused on career counselors working with people with disabilities. This project wants to increase the efficacy of career counseling delivered to people with disabilities by developing a casebook addressed to career counselors, social workers and trainers working with them, and a set of additional tools to ease and spread its use. These will be two E-courses, one targeted to career counsellors and the other one to trainers of career counsellors, a web based depository for additional cases. A preliminary Study on how best structure a Casebook for this target group will also be developed. Casebooks consists in a collection of cases that students and trainees are requested to discuss providing also direction for solution or treatment. Trainers and trainees use the Socratic method, that is to say trainees have to read one case, and then, facilitated by a set of questions posed by the trainer, have to discuss what are most important elements to consider, both personal and from the context, what is the problem and it causes, how the problem can be eased or solved, examples of good practice in addressing the situation or problem. This special structure and mode of delivery makes Casebooks a very powerful tool for learning. This project is submitted by a network of organizations based in FR, BG, ES, IT, PL, SE that deliver career guidance and support job insertion of people with disabilities. They decided to produce a Casebook to present the many facets and challenges of career guidance with people with disabilities in EU countries, and to develop a training tool that could help career counsellors working with them and at European level. Thanks to the project 540 career counselors, trainers and social workers will be directly trained by partners by using the Casebook, 480 trainers will be trained to use the Casebook in their training activities addressed to career counselors, trainers of adults and social workers. Additionally, over 15000 career counselors, trainers and social workers will be informed about the project. Long term benefits will be a higher expertise of practitioners delivering career guidance to people with disabilities and a better general knowledge of career issues and professional paths of people with disabilities, both resulting in their better inclusion in education and work.
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