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European people with disabilities (especially those with mobility impairments) depend heavily on personal care givers (PCGs). While this assistance is crucial in ensuring a daily quality of life (assisting with basic tasks such as getting dressed, eating, taking a bath/shower), it is still quantitatively and qualitatively a huge problem.

Few PCGs get a proper training, if any, while such formal training hardly exists in EU countries. Most PCGs are low skilled, have to be trained on the field, thus making it a very laborious and at the same time a tricky “adventure” for people with disabilities, but equally for e.g. older people who make use of them.

Raising competence levels of these low-skilled people to be benefit of care recipients is at the core of M-CARE (Mobile Training for Home and Health Caregiver For People with Disabilities and Older People - http://mcare-project.eu). It aims to ensure that VET centres can offer such training anywhere anytime, for low-skilled people (without jobs), or people that want to extend their service provision (independent nurses, caretakers, etc.). Blended training approaches such as simulation both via video and animations, audio, textual training format, including hands-on practicing will be supported by the project.

M-CARE will generate:

  • a dedicated PCG curriculum and relevant training material for different disabilities, applicable in every country in the EU and beyond, provided under a creative commons license (so “free”);
  • innovative ICT-based Web 2.0 mobile/online learning platforms (PC, smartphone and tablet PC) with multilingual interfaces, developed as Open Source applications (“free”), provided freely to VET centres; supported by a learning methodology;
  • piloting with end-users (mainly low skilled people) and beneficiaries (people with disabilities and older people) in Belgium, Germany, Greece and Turkey;
  • provision of online portal with dedicated communities, providing access to PCGs learning modules for VET centres.

The impact of this will be pan-European (VET, ICT driven), and immediately measurable in increased PCG employment.

This project (M-Care – 539913-LLP-1-2013-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP) has been funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

DICE project logo

DICE project logo

People with disabilities face significant barriers to access training in digital literacy which is essential for education and employment. Furthermore, the traditional model of delivering digital literacy skills to people with disabilities through the provision of centre-based training is becoming unsustainable, due to a massive increase in the demand for digital skills and rapid changes in online and mobile technologies.

DICE aims to help people with disabilities build digital literacy skillsneeded to transition from VET centre training to mainstream education and employmentDICE will create an online community based on a peer support model, promoted and sustained by Digital Inclusion Champions.

Start date: 01/10/2013

Duration: 24 months

Project website: http://dice-project.eu

This project (DICE – Digital Inclusion Champions in Europe – 2013-1-IE1-LEO05-06094) has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

The eLeSI project, led by University and association partners, aims to create an e-learning training resource according to age groups on learning disabilities, pervasive developmental disorders (PDD/autistic spectrum conditions) and/or mental health problems.

We would like to hear from you as someone who has experience of working with people who have special needs in regards to the training you feel would enhance knowledge, attitudes and practice for supporting staff.
Thank you in advance for your answers.

To learn more about the projet: http://www.handiplanet-echanges.info/the-network/elesi-project (other languages available)

Click here to participate and answer our survey.

This project is co-financed by the European Commission under its Education and Training Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) – Grundtvig multilateral project) over a period of 2 years (October 1, 2013, to September 30, 2015).