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EPR and EDF are pleased to invite you to

an interactive event on the topic of co-production

What is co-production and how does it relate to empowerment?
What does co-production look like in practice?
What are the barriers to empowering co-production practices and how can they be overcome?

These are some of the questions that will be addressed during the afternoon.

EPR worked with researchers from the European Network for Independent Living to develop the concept for a study which aims to analyse good practices from EPR members in the field of co-production of services, focusing on people with disabilities.

For the study, ‘co-production’ is understood to mean equal partnership and collaboration between service providers and people using services. Co-production is about recognising that people who use services are experts in their own right, rather than passive recipients of care, and about involving them in the shaping of services. Co-production practices can be applied at all stages of service delivery – in the planning, design, delivery and evaluation of services.

The findings of the study and some examples will be presented.

Key actors representing service providers and service users will contribute to the discussions. In the spirit of co-production, all participants will be facilitated to engage in the debate and develop recommendations for next steps.

The draft programme will be published in the coming days.
This event is open to all interested stakeholders.
Registration is mandatory

WSIS Knowledge Community
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)

 

Organized by:                                                                                             Co-funded by:

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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!

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

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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,

 

Since November 2014, the incluD-ed Network has been working on the
pilot study “Quality Factors of Inclusive Education in Europe. An
Exploration”. The study aims to explore the quality of inclusive
processes in inclusive schools in several European countries, taking
into account elements relating to culture, policies and practices as
well as elements relating to available human and material resources.
Inclusive education, with its overall objective to meet the common and
special needs of students, is a demanding process in which these two
types of elements combine.

The pilot study will be conducted in the four European countries of
incluD-ed‘s founding members (Spain, France, Finland and the Czech
Republic) as well as in Austria, the UK, Ireland and Iceland where
incluD-ed counts with associated member organisations.
Jorge Calero Martínez, renowned expert in inclusive education from the
University of Barcelona (Spain), leads the theoretical and analytical
part of the study. incluD-ed Network expert María Antonia Casanova and
the incluD-ed Network Secretariat are responsible for validation and
practical aspects of the study such as the selection of school samples
that will respond to the study’s questionnaire. The study, under the
overall coordination of the incluD-ed leading team at Fundación ONCE,
will be the final publication of the incluD-ed Network.

More at http://includ-ed.eu/newsandevents/includ-ed-working-pilot-study-%E2%80%9Cquality-factors-inclusive-education-europe-exploration%E2%80%9D

The European Commission estimates that 80 million people in the EU have disabilities, and face a number of challenges that hamper their daily activities and hinder their social inclusion. To tackle some of these challenges, the European Commission prepared a proposal for a European Accessibility Act in 2013, which complements the existing EU legal framework in this field and support the creation of a market for accessible goods and services.

European Accessibility Act