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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.

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The Entelis project released a survey on the certification methods in existence training pathways in ICT-AT (MSWord doc). After completion you can send it to Sonia.Staskowiak@easpd.eu.

European Network for Technology Enhanced Learning in an Inclusive Society

Why a new network?
Rapid advances in information and communication technologies are changing lifestyles across the globe, creating new opportunities for many people. However, people with disabilities and the elderly experience difficulties fully engaging with technology, and therefore are prevented from enjoying its benefits – this knowledge gap has to be reduced for political, social and economic reasons. Educating people about the benefits of Assistive Technology (AT) is central to addressing this problem, and creating the inclusive society demanded by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In this context AT refers to any electronic device that enhances independence for people with disabilities. These assistive solutions are gateways to further learning, skills development, employment and the fulfilment of rights. Equally important is addressing the lack of wider digital competence amongst all citizens; investment in learning opportunities and training programmes will combat this, and increase participation in the information and communication society. A network is needed to share these ideas, and will be used to overcome fragmentation in policies and practices, gearing the efforts of many towards common goals; this network will be embedded in existing umbrella organisations in order to reach the largest audience.

What are the activities?
• Research, including living labs and the active participation of end users
• Seminars and other knowledge sharing events
• Project development workshops
• Policy development – foresight studies – roadmaps

What are the aims of ENTELIS?
We aim to help bridge the digital divide in Europe and worldwide by promoting the acquisition of digital skills (effective ICT and ICT-AT use) for the empowerment and independence of people with disabilities of all ages. Our strategy is to create a sustainable network for knowledge exchange, and to support policy development regarding:
• ICT and ICT-AT learning of people with disabilities;
• The role of ICT and ICT-AT in educational processes that involve people with disabilities
Relevant information will be collected and made available to the network members. The network aims to have an impact at several levels, and will have the capacity to gear existing resources on an ‘as needs’ basis to impact future policy development.

Who are the stakeholders?
• People with disabilities of all ages and their carers
• Formal, informal and non formal education providers
• Assistive technology providers
• Service providers

Who is driving ENTELIS?
ENTELIS brings together 9 partners from across the EU and one organisation from the USA. The project members include several large European umbrella organisations as well as a number of national organisations, all providing a range of expertise on opportunities for people with disabilities and assistive technology. The network development is further supported by a large number of associate partners. For a full list, please consult the website. In the initial phase the project is supported by a grant from the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme.

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If you feel like you can contribute to this network, please don’t hesitate to contact us, or visit www.entelis.net,

 

15th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs ICCHP 2016
July 13 – 15 2016 (Preconference July 11-12)
University of Linz,
Altenbergerstr. 69,
4040 Linz, Austria
http://www.icchp.org

Dear colleague,

The Call for Contribution for ICCHP 2016 is open!
Download the call as .pdf or .txt following
http://www.icchp.org/call-16

ICCHP 2016 will be held at University of Linz, Austria.
The call for papers is open until February 1, 2016.

We are proud to announce that Christian Bühler, Technical University of Dortmund and FTB Vollmarstein, accepted to act as General Chair of ICCHP 2016.
http://www.icchp.org/welcome-chair-16

ICCHP is a unique platform for scientific and application oriented discussions on ICT / AT / eAccessibility and its improvements for participation and quality of life of people with disabilities and the aging population in a global information society.

A broad range of topics including eAccessiblity, Assistive Technology (AT), educational / vocational inclusion, mobility support, service provision, ageing and disability rights are openly discussed at ICCHP in an inclusive and agreeable framework:
http://www.icchp.org/topics-16

ICCHP hosts high-quality, well reviewed submissions (acceptance rate about 50%) from scientists, users, practitioners, educators and policy makers from around the world.
http://www.icchp.org/submission-16

Feel invited to organise targeted Special Thematic Sessions (STS) leading to well structured chapters in the proceedings as a recognised key reference for your specific domain of research and application.
http://www.icchp.org/sts-16

Publishing with Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science guarantees availability at widest range and in particular in almost all IT and CS libraries around the globe.
http://www.springer.de/comp/lncs/authors.html

ICCHP co-operates with leading journals (e.g. Journal on Assistive Technology, JAT, http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journal/jat and Technology & Disability http://www.aaate.net/Journal).

In addition to traditional paper sessions, ICCHP invites industry representatives showing their latest products and looking for new ideas.

ICCHP expressly welcomes students and young researchers, the next generation of experts in our field, to contribute to the Young Researchers Consortium (http://www.icchp.org/yrc-16) as well as to the Code for a Cause (C4C) competition: http://www.icchp.org/c4c-16.

For all registered participants, ICCHP provides complimentary facilities to organise meetings (http://www.icchp.org/meetings-16), exhibitions & poster sessions (http://www.icchp.org/exhibition-and-posters-16) as well as workshops & trainings (http://www.icchp.org/workshops-16).

We would be very honoured in having you as a contributor to reach the aims of the conference.

Christian Bühler (General Chair) and Klaus Miesenberger (Organising/Publishing Chair)
Come and get involved!

SAVE THE DATES!
Call for Papers: September 18, 2015 – February 1, 2016
Conference: July 13 – 15, 2016 (preconference July 11 & 12, 2016)

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On 1 December 2015, the final M-CARE conference will be organised in Brussels, Belgium at VLEVA premises.

The event “Caring for people with disabilities and older people: challenges, opportunities and (mobile/online) training solutions” will focus on the importance of good quality personal caregiving (PCG) for people with disabilities and older people. Focus will be on caring in a broader perspective, and how M-CARE’s (mobile/online) training solutions contribute to successful PCGs.

Target groups:

  • (Potential) personal assistants/personal caregivers
  • Nurses
  • Social workers
  • People with disabilities
  • Parents/friends/colleagues
  • Representative organisations of people with disabilities
  • Policy makers

Where?:

Vlaams-Europees verbindingsagentschap vzw (please download the itinerary)
Kortenberglaan 71
1000 Brussels
Belgium

Practicalities:

English is the used language.
Premises are wheelchair accessible.

​Registration:

Attendance is free but registration is obligatory, and is possible via the project website. Any other costs incurred in participating to this event (hotel, travel, subsistence, etc.) must be paid for by the attendee.

What is the situation for the workforce in the health and care sectors? Are there common trends in Europe when it comes to wages, working conditions and staff training requirements? How have budgetary cuts impacted the sector? Following the establishment of the European Observatory of Human Resources in 2014, EASPD now presents the first results of the research conducted by Prof. Dr. Jane Lethbridge. It maps the training and educational requirements in the disability sector, the workforce situation and future job creation potential of the social service provision.

The social care workforce for persons with disabilities and senior citizens is one of the fastest growing sectors in terms of employment expansion in Europe. However, there are unmistakable signs that austerity measures are hindering this expansion, even though demand for social services will remain high, in light of Europe’s ageing population. Budget reductions are affecting not only the availability and affordability of the services, but also the working conditions and overall quality of services. Whilst results minutely varied from one European country to another, this research shows that altogether, the sector is characterised by high training needs, low pay jobs, low status and part-time hour contracts.

Similar trends in Europe

This research has identified similar trends across Europe that must be addressed to secure a high quality, motivated and trained workforce in order to deliver first-rate services, fully adapted to the needs of persons with disabilities.

Recruitment procedures, staff shortages and lack of training standards:

36% of the study’s respondents reported that no qualifications were necessary to start working in social care at entry-level, as opposed to the 44% that reported a vocational qualification was compulsory. Nevertheless in almost all countries basic care workers must have acquired secondary-level education in order to receive employment. In many European countries, the shortage of social care workers and/or the low standards of recruitment, result in the employment of unqualified staff. The lack of social workers is particularly affecting rural areas.

Whilst in Western European countries, new systems of training are being introduced (Germany, the Netherlands), in Central and Eastern Europe attempts have been made to improve the level of credentials needed to qualify for employment in the sector (Hungary). There is not the same trend towards improved levels of training though. In England there was an attempt to introduce a national vocational qualification for all care workers, but it was abandoned because of the difficulties in recruiting staff, due to budgetary cuts. In some countries such as Austria, contracts between service providers and regional authorities define the level of qualifications, with this ratio increasingly being determined by the level of funding. The research concludes that there are some measures in place to improve the level of qualifications, but low wages in the sector makes it difficult to recruit in many countries. In Bulgaria for example, social workers can be paid less than 1 € per hour. Moreover, the impact of austerity policies on budgets for social care is resulting in pressure to reduce staff costs, either through reducing the level of qualifications required or through lower wages. Consequently applicants can enter care work without any relevant qualifications or experience, and in some cases organisations are required to train them.

The disability sector is undergoing extensive changes such as the move from a medical model to a social model, more in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Therefore, there is an ever-important need for training in all categories of the social sector’s workforce, as reported by the majority of the study’s respondents (61% of the services providers and 78% of the umbrella organisations).

Workforce mobility:

Despite the existence of several barriers (language skills, transferability of qualifications), there is a gradually increasing trend for social care workers to cross borders to find work. When analysing mobility, it is also important to take into account the economic situation of the sector in each country. The research shows two main trends: Firstly, European countries experiencing “care drain”, where qualified care workers are moving to other countries to find better paid work. This situation damages organisations in the country of origin, as they used their resources to train future migrant workers. Secondly, European countries in need of social care workers where public allowances for care are sometimes used to informally employ a migrant worker without training or employment security.

7 Recommendations for the Sector:

– Training at EU level: minimum skills for working with people with disabilities should be validated across Europe, including involving users in training.
– Quality control and clear measures to define quality in services: development of a general funding standard and quality framework for services at European level.
– Share experiences and innovative practices on recruitment and induction across Europe to improve standards of care services.
– Reinforce the consultation process between national governments and service providers to show to decision makers the importance of pay and working conditions in the social care sector.
– Identify the successful and unsuccessful policies at the national level.
– Establish a “culture of learning” to have a trans-national consensus on the skills needed to work with people with disabilities.
– Development of the European Care Certificate and supporting e-learning initiatives.

The disability sector faces several challenges to the future of service provision. The supply of a well-trained, experienced workforce will be essential, and will depend upon two essential aspects: funding opportunities and political will. There is a job creation potential to be explored in the sector.

On 1 December 2015, the final M-CARE conference will be organised in
Brussels, Belgium at VLEVA premises.
The event “Caring for people with disabilities and older people:
challenges, opportunities and (mobile/online) training solutions” will
focus on the importance of good quality personal caregiving (PCG) for
people with disabilities and older people. Focus will be on caring in
a broader perspective, and how M-CARE’s (mobile/online) training
solutions contribute to successful PCGs.

Target groups:
(Potential) personal assistants/personal caregivers
Nurses
Social workers
People with disabilities
Parents/friends/colleagues
Representative organisations of people with disabilities
Policy makers

Where?:
Vlaams-Europees verbindingsagentschap vzw (please download the itinerary)
Kortenberglaan 71
1000 Brussels
Belgium

Practicalities:
English is the used language.
Premises are wheelchair accessible.

Registration:
Attendance is free but registration is obligatory, and is possible via
below link. Any other costs incurred in participating to this event
(hotel, travel, subsistence, etc.) must be paid for by the attendee.

Registration possible via
http://mcare-project.eu/m-care-conference-brussels-belgium-1-december-2015/