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Building Inclusive Societies for Persons with Disabilities
INCLUSIVE TECHNICAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING (TVET) IN THE CONTEXT OF
LIFELONG LEARNING
SKILLS FOR WORK AND LIFE: EMPOWERING PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
(29 October – 18 November 2015)

 

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Overall aim of this discussion

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, recently adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, provides an integrated and universal vision of the future, “based on a spirit of strengthened global solidarity, focused in particular on the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable”.

Ambitions are high, including for education, which is integral to the 2030 Agenda, as Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), ‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’. Within SDG 4 there are specific targets on technical and vocational education and training (TVET). Education and training are also essential for the achievement of the other Sustainable Development Goals, including SDG 8 ‘Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all’. Under SDG 8, one target is ‘by 2030 to achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value’.

Internationally, TVET is increasingly seen as part of a lifelong learning approach to the development of education and training systems. TVET promotes knowledge, skills and attitudes for work and life.

The overall aim of this discussion is to analyze TVET policies, systems, programmes and practices from the perspective of inclusive education and social equity, with a central focus on people with disabilities, and to consider what can be done to ensure that TVET fulfils its potential contribution to Agenda 2030, including SDG 4 and SDG 8.

The discussion will also be inspired on the principles of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, particularly its article 24 on Education and article 27 on Work and Employment.

Three interconnected topics are in focus, taking place in consecutive weeks and starting with a background document that will be available.

(1) Advancing inclusive and equitable access to TVET
(Week 29/10 – 4/11/2015)

(2) Improving quality and relevance in TVET to support and transitions
(Week 5/11 – 11/11/2015)

(3) Transforming TVET for inclusive and sustainable societies
(Week 12/11 – 18/11/2015).

Participants are asked to identify success factors for policies, programmes and practices, to explore new trends, and to provide insights on how to collect relevant data that can be used by policy makers and practitioners. Contributions are encouraged from all regions of the world so that evidence and experience can inform recommendations for the future.

The discussion is aimed at the wide variety of stakeholders involved in this field, going from policy makers, to experts, professionals and organizations working in the field from Europe and worldwide.
The result of the discussion, after its three week duration will be a document containing recommendations for different stakeholders groups based on the contributions to the three key questions. The document will be available in December 2015 on the websites of WSIS and the incluD-ed network (English, Spanish).

How to participate:

To participate in the discussion, please register on the WSIS Knowledge Community website creating a profile for you and/or your organization and joining the community “Building inclusive societies for persons with disabilities”. To do so please click on the following link: http://www.wsis-community.org/pg/groups/584509/building-inclusivesocieties-for-persons-with-disabilities/

To help you in the registration process, please find a video that explains the different steps (in English): http://www.wsis-community.org/pg/videos/play/group:4/507104/how-to-joinwsis-kc-platform

The deadline is 28 October, however, you will be able to register during the course of the discussion once it has started.

If you need any further help in the registration process, please contact the incluD-ed Network Secretariat by mail includ-ed.secretariat@paueducation.com or telephone +34.933670434.

For more information you may contact:

incluD-ed Network Secretariat
annett.rabel@paueducation.com; includ-ed.secretariat@paueducation.com
Tel.: 34 933 670 400
Tel. dir.: 34.933670434

http://www.includ-ed.eu

Thank you in advance for your contributions!

M-CARE developed a Mobile Training for Home and Health Caregiver For People with Disabilities and Older People. They just released their 5th M-CARE newsletter. You can view it below. You can find them on http://mcare-project.eu / http://twitter.com/MCareproject / http://www.facebook.com/MCareproj.

This project (M-Care – 539913-LLP-1-2013-1-TR-LEONARDO-LMP) has been funded with support from the European Commission.

The iTag Hackathon is a computer programming and game design competition which teams participate internationally or locally here at the host Nottingham Trent University.

This hackathon is part of an IEEE academic conference called the Interactive Technologies and Games Conference (iTag). See more at http://itag.gamecity.org/.

Goal
The idea is to create a game (in the most general meaning of the idea) around the Hackathon theme* (secret: which will be revealed before the 72 hour period).

*The aim of the hackathon is to develop an application that can benefit an educational environment or provide enhanced accessibility to a specified user base. For those that wish to take part, all they need to do is register as either an individual or team on our website. All participants can either take part at a designated venue or remotely.

Voting
Voting by the iTag IEEE conference delegates will take place, winning and runner-up teams will be acknowledged officially by NTU and iTag. Winning team is also awarded a total cash prize of £250.

When?
The Hackathon is taking place from Thursday 20th of October 9am until Thursday the 22nd of October 5pm (GMT).

We would like to invite you to join us at the Interactive Games and Technologies (ITAG) Conference, to be held at the Nottingham Council House on Thursday 22 – Friday 23 October 2015.

Join our community of like-minded professionals

The aim of the conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners to collaboratively share and develop interactive projects and resources in the areas of health, education and disability.

The conference features talks, presentations and workshops from a diverse range of innovative speakers and practitioners who will provide you with inspiration, ideas and practical resources to take back into the workplace.

Visit our website to download the full conference schedule.

Highlights include…

Keynote lectures

“Interactive technologies and developmental disorders: Differences, needs and rewards”

Professor Kevin Durkin, University of Strathclyde
This presentation looks at how individuals with developmental disorders relate to new interactive technologies and considers their needs to make recommendations to achieve accessible solutions to promote well-being.

View full keynote synopsis >>

“Developing Natural user Interface Games for Health without coding”

Stephen Howell, Academic Engagement Manager, Microsoft
This presentation will show how the Xbox Kinect body tracking sensor can be programmed in a simple block based programming language (scratch) to create compelling interactive user experiences.

View full keynote synopsis >>

Workshops

  • Meurig Beynon, University of Warwick discusses his work on The Construit project
  • Explore the path to optimum brain health with Kim Baden-Kristensen, CEO and founder of Brain+

Community practitioner presentations

  • David Stewart, Head Teacher, Oakfield School and Sports College
  • Pip Logan, Associate Professor in Community Rehabilitation, University of Nottingham
  • Anthony Rhys, ICT Coordinator and Teacher, Trinity Fields School /Gesture SEN
  • Michael Craven, Senior Research Fellow: Technology. University of Nottingham
  • Zulfigar Khan, CEO, Great Health Care for the Community, Birmingham.

Book your ITAG Conference place

The conference includes refreshments, light lunch and an evening reception at the National Video Game Arcade.
We encourage you to share details of the conference with any colleagues who may share an interest in the area of interactive games and technologies.

View costs and book your place >>

Got a question

If you would like to find out more about the ITAG Conference, please contact us at itag@ntu.ac.uk. For conference updates, please see the ITAG website or follow us on twitter @ITAGConf. Share the conversation using #ITAG15

We look forward to welcoming you to the ITAG community.

Kind regards

The ITAG Steering Group

Friday 18 September

13:30 – 16:30

Central Dublin (venue to be announced)

Guest speaker – Marian Harkin MEP

NCBI and the European DICE project (Digital Inclusion Champions in Europe) would like to invite you to contribute to this event.

Registration essential. Click here to register.

If you are not free to participate, please share this invite with a colleague or representative.

About the Seminar

The seminar will showcase DigiPlace4all (www.digiplace4all.eu), an online peer support community for people with disabilities developing digital skills for accessing education and employment, developed by the DICE project in Ireland, Belgium, Poland and Bulgaria. We will demonstrate how EU funding can help NGOs collaborate within Ireland and across Europe on dynamic initiatives like this.

Through presentations and group dialogue, attendees will explore and discuss issues around access to further education and employment, the role of peer support, the use of online communities, sustainability, stakeholder collaboration, public policy and funding.

Who will attend?

The event will be attended by disability advocates, educators, employers, public policy advisers and DigiPlace4all community members.

About DigiPlace4all

DigiPlace4all peer support communities are now active in four countries – Ireland, Belgium, Bulgaria and Poland – and extension to other European member states is planned. They provide a way for people with disabilities to request and offer support from their peers in developing the digital skills needed to transition from VET training to mainstream education and employment. They also provide functionality for sharing information on technology and accessibility and are open to educators and employers who wish to make their learning environments and workplaces inclusive.

The development of this new online community is a real success story that shows the power of collaboration, not only across Europe but also within our own country. NCBI has been able to pull together a network of supporters and “DigiPlace4all Champions” among key Irish disability organisations such as Enable Ireland, AHEAD, the Disability Federation of Ireland, Dyslexia Association, DeafHear and many more. The collaboration with these Champions is helping us to grow the community into the future.

Register

Please register for the event. Click here to register.

The new UNICEF/WHO discussion paper “Assistive Technology for Children with Disabilities: Creating Opportunities for Education, Inclusion and Participation” was launched last Monday in Copenhagen. An electronic version of the paper along with easy-to-read, ePub, DAISY and accessible html formats is available on the UNICEF Disability website under the section resources as of Monday.
Link to discussion paper: http://www.unicef.org/disabilities/index_71769.html