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Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The aim of this programme is to establish a UK - France link and increase global citizenship by sending twenty young people - some of them visually impaired- to the UK to do a work placement. This experience would be part of an ongoing partnership between the Royal National College for the Blind in Hereford and the cité scolaire René Pellet in Villeurbanne. The aim is to develop an equitable and sustainable partnership lasting twenty-four months with two periods dedicated to internships. Thus , the students/pupils following a B-tech in Business Studies in our vocational school will be able to do their work placements abroad developing both their language and professional skills. A number of activities will be carried out before the internships take place. Visually impaired students need to orientate themselves on new premises so as to be able to find their way, especially in British public transports . A collaborative study will enable the students to compare accessibility in public transports in both countries. Peer guidance will be experienced during a stay in Hereford prior to the work placement period. A collaborative study of legislation concerning disability in the workplace in both countries will be carried out. A comparative study of adapted workstations in companies will also be carried out. It will help students change their preconceptions on the working conditions of the disabled in the working world. This will lead us to work in collaboration with our partners in the Royal National College as they are experts in adapting the workstation. They will install specific material (adapted software, JAWS...) which is indispensable for our students in their work placements. The close working relationship between teachers in the two schools is necessary for the professional experience of our students as trainees in British companies to be successful. Working together to help and support visually impaired students in both countries contributes to enriching education and it will help our project to develop successfully. A partnership committee including adults and students from the two schools will define the different steps of the programme. It will also plan the assessment of the project. The outcome of the programme will benefit both partners, including the local authorities in Herefordshire. It will represent a test as disabled workers who wish to be included in the working world always have to show their professional skills and their abilities.
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