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Which course?

Training of trainers to provide basic ICT skills’ education to people with disabilities, taking on board their specific needs.

Is it good for me?

Target audience:

  • Teachers (Pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs)
  • Teacher trainers
  • Careers officers, educational guides and counsellors
  • Inspectors
  • Headteachers/principals/managers of schools/organisations offering adult education
  • Other (Paid or voluntary) management staff in the institution/organisation
  • Non-teaching administrative staff
  • Members of students/teachers councils in adult education
  • Representative organizations of persons with disabilities

Hmm…what is it about?

The objectives of the training course are:

  • To offer an inclusive approach to teaching, learning and assessment of (accessible) basic ICT skills, aiming at inclusive education (people with disabilities within regular education) and have this inclusive approach also embedded in daily teaching practices;
  • To help trainees understand the basic ICT challenges but also competences related to disabilities;
  • To help trainees understand and implement the teaching of basic ICT skills to people with disabilities and how to accommodate for them;
  • To help trainees understand the cultural and social differences linked to people with disabilities coming from different backgrounds (e.g. migrants, refugees, ethnic communities, people from outside Europe or intra-EU mobility);
  • To help trainees experience, through visits to local VET centres, how local organizations for people with disabilities, as well as disabled individuals themselves, address the issues of acquiring basic ICT skills and how this can consequently improve their employability potential;
  • To help trainees acquire hands-on experience by role-playing in implementing accessible teaching practices.

What language?

English will be the main teaching language, however, supportive material will be available in Dutch, English, Greek and Lithuanian!

Where?

Four options!

  • 1st SESSION: Larnaca, Cyprus, on 11-15 March 2013. Register by 25/02/2013!
  • 2nd SESSION: Ypres region, Belgium, on 20-24 May 2013. Register by 16/05/2013!
  • 3rd SESSION: Vilnius, Lithuania, on 01-05 July 2013. Register by 17/06/2013!
  • 4th SESSION: Nottingham, UK, on 14-18 October 2013. Register by 30/09/2013!

Further information?

You may find all details about the course at the address http://ec.europa.eu/education/trainingdatabase/index.cfm?fuseaction=DisplayCourse&cid=34259 , including the full programme, organizers, fees and sessions’ details.

Do I get any certificate for participation?

Yes, you will receive an attendance certificate based on the Europass Mobility certificate template.

Interesting! How can I register?

1. Please, first book your place and receive a written pre-registration confirmation as soon as possible, by sending a message to the addresses given below. Applicants from outside the session’s host country are treated favourably (due to Grundtvig regulations only 1/3 of the participants can be from the hosting country).

PRE-REGISTRATIONS FOR UPCOMING SESSIONS:

2. Apply for a grant! Only if you are not from the hosting country, you may apply for funding to cover your travelling, accommodation and meals, as well as, participation fees. Find your National Agency at http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-programme/national_en.htm and follow the procedure to apply for a Grundtvig In-service Training grant! This option is now open for the 1st SESSION. You may check regularly for new calls for applications that will cover the next three sessions. Depending on your eligibility and application evaluation, you can get as much as € 2500 that will cover almost all your participation expenses.

3. As soon as you have secured funding by your Lifelong Learning National Agency or you have made your final decision to participate on your own expenses, please, get back to the hosting organization (same contact details as given above for pre-registrations) and confirm your registration! Make sure to complete the whole procedure before the relevant deadline for each session, given above.

We will be happy to help you at any step of the above procedure. Please, do not hesitate to contact us asking for clarification and help at the contact details given above.

Looking forward to welcoming you to one of our sessions!

The Interactive Technologies and Games Conference (ITAG) brings together academics and practitioners who work with interactive technologies to explore and innovate within the areas of Education, Health and Disability.

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The Conference provides an excellent opportunity to showcase practice and to mainstream research ideas and outcomes. It introduces a wider audience to key findings and products and illustrates how practice feeds back into and informs research. The conference creates a forum for two-way communication between the academic and practitioner communities and particularly welcomes user led presentations and workshops.
For full details of papers, please see the conference schedule.

Date: Tuesday 23 and Wednesday 24 October 2012
Venue: Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham
Day 1: 8.30 am – 6.30 pm
Day 2: 9.00 am – 3.30 pm
Conference rate (both days):
Standard – £150.00
Concessions – £75.00
ISVR Members – £125.00
Daily rate:
Standard – £80.00
Concessions – £45.00
ISVR Members – £67.50

Find out how to become an ISVR member.

Book ITAG Conference online.

TRAVORS2 and EPC LLL projects invite you on 7 September 2012 to the launch of the European Disability Employment Practitioner Certificate, which will take place in ANkara (Turkey). The qualification is open to practicing professionals with or without training.

The European Disability Employment Practitioner Certificate (in the UK the BTEC Professional Certificate – European Disability Employment Practitioner) or EPC, is for people who support individuals with disabilities to gain or stay in work. It is validated in the UK by Edexcel at level 4 (EQF level 5), the same level as an HNC. The qualification is provided by two specialist disabilityemployment companies, VRC and RNL, supported by a specialist education centre, TADCO, and an education and qualifications developer, SLD.
Employment Advisors and Managers who are already capable may take the qualification without prior training. For those who want to upgrade their skill and improve their results, there are several options for training tailored to their situation.
Teaching modes can include face to face teaching, online teaching, and distance mentoring all supported by in-work practice.

How to get the Qualification
Choosing Units: The EPC has six Units; a qualification consists of Unit 1 plus at least one other. Candidates choose Units according to their skills and the work they do.

The Units are:
1. Professional skills and ethics: compulsory common elements including essential
communication, counselling skills; basic law and ethics.
2. Engaging with client communities: outreach and community-based working; working
with organisations and specialist services
3. Enabling clients to obtain work: helping clients assess, set goals, plan and progress to
work, including job search, job preparation and return to work
4. Supporting clients in work: graduated return to work and helping clients and employers
to implement work adjustments
5. Supporting employers to employ disabled people: developing employment
opportunities and projects, and supporting employers to recruit disabled people
6. Case management: working with other professionals, receiving eligible clients, keeping
records and reviewing cases to improve future practice.

Assessment
Candidates for the EPC are assessed on their ability to apply skills and knowledge in a work situation. The main ways of doing this are to:
– Be observed by the assessor. Ideally this will be done by the assessor sitting in, but it can also be done by video link or recording
– Reports, recommendations, assessments etc. that you have produced.
– Written case-studies. They allow you to explain your decisions and reflect on how you have gone about your work
– Get another competent person – such as your manager, an employer, or in some instances an individual client – to write something describing your actions

The assessor will usually want to discuss the relevant work with you, to check your depth of understanding and your reasoning.

Getting the qualification
After registering your interest, we send you a Diagnostic Questionnaire to discuss with us and return with examples of your written work. This helps decide which Units you want to take, and whether you are ready for the assessment. At this point you would usually decide whether to go straight to the qualification or to do some training as well. When you Register for the Qualification, we send you a Students Manual, with everything you need to know, including assessment criteria, procedures and regulations. We advise you on what you will need to provide for the assessment. You then provide the assessment materials and we mark them against the criteria, providing feedback and opportunities for you to show your work in the best light. When you have completed, we will provide your Edexcel Certificate.
You will be enrolled with us for nine months which includes one opportunity for reassessment if you need it (your registration with Edexcel lasts for three years).

The One Voice for Accessible ICT Coalition has published a report that analyses all the key issues relating to mobile apps for older and disabled people. The report is available in the One Voice website.
The same website also provides the First Seven Steps to accessible mobile apps.

Following videos we made at WSIS 2012, Geneva, Switzerland, give a good impressions of the work that is done on understanding and providing accessible education worldwide.

The first video features Jutta Treviranus (IDRC) on FLOE and Open Educational Resources at WSIS 2012.

The second video features Axel Leblois (Executive Director G3ict) on Lifelong Learning with Assistive Technologies at WSIS 2012.

We hope to publish some more videos in the next few days.

CDAC, Mumbai is organising two workshops titled “National Workshop on FOSS Desktop Accessibility” & “National Workshop on FOSS Adoption in Education” during August 26-27, 2011 as a part of National Resource Centre for Free/Open Source software (NRCFOSS) – Phase II initiative.
“National Workshop on FOSS Desktop Accessibility” on August 26, 2011 will focus on exploring the current trends in the field of accessibility particularly in regard to FOSS. This workshop intends to work as a platform to encourage the use of FOSS tools and techniques in creating assistive technologies that are free-of-cost, available to all, easily maintainable etc. for such a large portion of population in country like India. The workshop will also like to leverage the experiences of all stakeholders to identify and address the issues of those areas of accessibility that are still untouched.
Similarly, “National Workshop on FOSS Adoption in Education”, on August 27, 2011 is intended to explore the benefits, role, developments of technology, specifically FOSS, in education. FOSS provides software that are free of cost, easily maintainable, community support, customizability freedom, etc. Various FOSS tools in education will be demonstrated in the workshop. The participants will also get to experience the work of C-DAC Mumbai in promoting technology/FOSS in education. The workshop will provide an opportunity to interact with participants from different organizations and industry practitioners.
The workshop will involve keynote and invited lectures by distinguished researchers and/or professionals. We take this opportunity to extend you an invitation for participation in the above said workshops. Looking forward to see you or your representative at the event.
Kindly use the following URLs to access more details about the workshops:
National wrokshop on FOSS Desktop Accessibility
National Workshop on FOSS Adoption in Education