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Start date: Apr 1, 2015, End date: Mar 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Mode H is a non-profit Public benefit corporation (Law 1901), supported by the Education for handicapped people Charlemagne (an educational establishment for young handicapped persons managed by the Mutualité Française Indre-Touraine). Mode H’s action respects the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. Accessibility, citizenship, respect for the human person and its dignity are core notions of its projects. Principle of Mode H corporation is to build collaboration between European countries in order to encourage inclusion of disabled people though culture and artistic creation, to help to change the way they are perceived and to make accepted the difference. For over 10 years, Mode H is gathering disabled and non-disabled youths through events related to fashion and more recently to dance. All those assemblies are organised in order to improve their access to culture and citizenship. The 2015 edition of Mode H will be the opportunity to strengthen the project, to reinforce the relationships between European partners and to help to extend this work in each participating country. Through choreographic encounters and workshops, youths (especially disabled ones) will get the opportunity to access to more social and physical autonomy. It is about giving new learning tools and skills to help them being agents of their own lives, and through this experience, make youths reveal their creative abilities and resourcefulness. Furthermore, Mode H 2015 will be a window for the large public on the handicapped people way of life and its specific problems. This awareness may help to build a European citizenship based on solidarity. 60 young persons will be part of Mode H 2015 ; disabled and non-disabled people, all volunteers, coming from 7 European countries (Lithuania, Spain, Italy, Poland, Portugal,Romania, France) practicing dance on a regular basis or occasionally. Different workshops are planned : - dance workshops, under the responsibility of a coordinator and with choreographs from each group of participants ; - public sessions presenting artistic creations realised during workshops (institutional partners, private companies, schools, large public) ; - collective activities, initiated and shared by youths (choreographic walks, artistic games….) - Meetings to allow best practice exchanges and feedback. Each participating group will sign a cooperation agreement with the organiser (including specifications related to workshops: format and content, principles and values, planning, …). A preparatory meeting will take place 6 months before the event. Regular communication with all groups’ referents will be managed during the organising process. This major youth event in Tours –gathering disabled and non-disabled persons - is secured by a ten years experience in dedicated logistics (in particular receiving persons with reduced mobility), based on the skills of adapted dance specialists and the ability of youths to get involved in a collective experience. This assembly will efficiently contribute to help young invalid participants to become more autonomous (as well as young non-disabled participants), by improving their abilities (physicals, intellectuals, socials, morals). European partners may also acquire experience and expertise that can be developed in their own country, on many ways. Presentations of the artistic workshop realizations is another key issue to give more value to disabled persons towards the large public, by modifying the outlook people have on the handicap. All the actions leaded by Mode H since 10 years are parts of a long-lasting logic: to build a European citizenship with more solidarity, disregarding differences, and based on human values upheld by Europe. The Mode H event is part of this logic, with the advantage to promote similar actions in other European countries; another way to promote more solidarity to European citizens with cross-fertilization of ideas and actions.
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