Title New Paths to Inclusion Network
Project Number 527631-LLP-1-2012-1-AT-LEONARDO-LNW
Project Type Réseaux
Country EU-Projets centralisés
Marketing Text En ce moment, il existe un consensus politique clair sur le niveau des Nations Unies et l`Européens reflète dans la Convention des Nations Unies relative aux droits des personnes handicapées (CNUDPH), et de la stratégie européenne en faveur des personnes handicapées 2010-2020, que le secteur des services pour personnes avec une handicapé est dans la nécessité d'une „réorientation des soins hospitaliers vers des soins de proximité“ surtout la vie comme un droit humain. Le projet „New Paths to Inclusion Network“ exploite et cherche à transférer le concept fondée „Person Centred Planning“, tout en développant des approches novatrices avec le but de construire une infrastructure durable national et européen pour le réseautage.
As “New Paths to InclUsion Network” we have built our Network upon the experiences of the predecessor LdV-TOI “New Paths to Inclusion” (NPI) project (2009-2011). The main output of this project had been an inclusive training course in person centred planning to improve Vocational Education and further trainings capacity to stimulate organisational change. Person Centred Planning is a value driven family of process-oriented approaches to empower people (with disabilities) to live a self-determined life. It connects fundamental beliefs about inclusion with practical ways of making changes in individual lifes happen and to steer developments towards person centred organisations providing high quality services and support in the community. In the context of the politically (UNCRPD, EU Disability strategy) declared priority of transforming the disability service sector from an institutional to a community based support model, we have chosen to address three key issues and associated questions, which have considerable implications for questions of re-equipping organisations and its workforce with the necessary knowledge, values and skills in order to be able to actively include people with disabilities as contributing citizens in work, education, leisure, life and relationships in the community. These keys to Inclusion are:
1) Developing person-centred organisations.
2) Fostering community inclusion and development.
3) Providing inclusive spaces of training and learning for all.
Over the course of our three year learning journey we have developed and followed an experimental design, which was modelled after the main movements of Theory U:
Going down the U: “Observe, observe, observe” exposing ourselves to new learning experiences and searching for new ways of understanding (Sensing).
At the bottom of the U: “Retreat and reflect, allow the inner knowing to emerge”. Going to places of stillness where knowing can surface. Reflecting a on what you have learned from a deep place of listening. Asking, ”What wants to emerge here?” (Presencing).
Going Up the U: Act in an instant.” Explore the future by doing. Acting quickly on this learning through trying out various new Prototype ideas to actualize the emerging future and move it into the centre of our practice (Realizing).
Having gone through the process, partners can now share their learning, and guide others on the journey to a better life for all.
The New Paths to InclUsion Network has been a European project that has brought together 19 organisations, service-providers, universities and research centres from 13 European countries and Canada as a Third Country Partner. Our overreaching objective has been to stimulate and facilitate the transformation towards inclusive and person-centred support services for persons with disabilities in Europe.
The “New Paths to InclUsion Network” has built on the experiences of the LdV-TOI “New Paths to Inclusion” (NPI) predecessor project which was carried out from 2009-2011. The main output of this project has been the development of a modular and inclusive training course in person centred planning (European Training Course on Inclusion) to improve Vocational Education and further trainings capacity to stimulate organisational change (see www.personcentredplanning.eu).
Person centred planning is a family of process-oriented approaches to empower people with disabilities to live a self-determined life in the community. Through extensive international research (ROBERTSON et. al. 2006) Person centred approaches have proven to be innovative and evidence based ways of connecting fundamental beliefs about inclusion with practical ways of making changes in individual lifes happen and to steer developments towards person centred organisations providing high quality services and support in the community.
Through the work of the predecessor project Person-centred planning was significantly advanced especially in the German speaking countries in Europe, with the training course having been taken up and offered at over twenty locations in Austria and Germany. A further important outcome was celebrated in 2012, when the Network on Person-centred Planning in German speaking countries was officially launched at a conference in Linz (www.persoenliche-zukunftsplanung.eu) and subsequently became a registered charity under ther German “Vereinsrecht” now hosting about 300 individual members and 60 member organisations from different countries in Europe.
With the New Paths to InclUsion Network we have brought these developments to an even broader and deeper scale both in terms of spanning a Network including 13 European countries and by developing and adapting innovative approaches to address key open challenges. Our goal has been to equip organisations, service-providers and persons with disabilities with the knowledge, values and skills necessary to make sure that citizens with disabilities can actively participate in education, work, leisure, life and relationships in their community whilst incorporating personal and organisational learning strategies to initiate organisational change from within. What we have been doing and will continue to do is an important and challenging task in many ways because:
➢ … persons with disabilities have the RIGHT to person centred support that enables them to live in the community.
➢ … the European Union and most Member States have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD). In this way, they have committed to making sure that persons with disabilities can get the support they need to live independently and participate actively in their communities.
➢ … a high proportion of disability services are still provided on an institutional basis, in segregated environments which are isolated from the community and diminish peoples’ opportunities to live meaningful and self-determined lives.
➢ … the transition from an institutional to a community-based support paradigm and model requires organisations and professional workers alike to re-think the way support provision and organisational cultures and practices in services for persons with disabilities are designed, organised and delivered.
The guiding questions of our Network have been:
➢ How can we make sure that support services respond to the individual needs of persons with disabilities and help them live included in the community?
➢ What kind of personal and organisational training and learning is suitable to facilitate this transformative process?
The open challenges that we have been addressing are framed as keys to achieve New Paths to Inclusion:
Key 1: Developing person-centred organisations
What do organisations need for a sustainable implementation of person-centred approaches that leads to transformative change?
Key 2: Fostering community inclusion and development
How can service-providers become more connected and responsive to the community and thus co-create new possibilities for people with disabilities to become active and contributing citizens?
Key 3: Providing inclusive spaces of training and learning for all
How can we improve vocational training courses as well as other formal and non formal learning settings to effectively include diverse groups of learners, including persons with intellectual disabilities, for the benefit of all?
Looking back we can now see how our two guiding assumptions have been vital for the success of our project, namely that first these questions and open challenges are of utmost importance for re-equipping the existing workforce (at all levels of organisations) with the necessary knowledge, values and skills, and that second in order to create change training has to be accompanied with proven strategies to guide organisational change efforts.
All in all the main objectives that our partnership has successfully addressed have included:
➢ To provide a contribution for the European Learning, Development and Networking framework for social transformation through practicing, documenting and disseminating innovatory project elements, which in itself are modelled after the logic of future oriented social innovation. Most of our learning has been documented on our Online Knowledge-centre available at: http://www.personcentredplanning.info/index.php/knowledge-home
➢ To build a shared foundation for the development of a sustainable European Network through (re-)training of staff members from diverse organisational levels as well as of people with disabilities, in all countries of the Consortium where no structured VET formats on person centred approaches have been developed: An approx. number of 750 people (among them approx. 200 people with disabilities) that have been trained to date as a direct outcome of the New Paths to Inclusion project (2009-2011) and the New Paths to Inclusion Network, including managers, service workers, teachers, social workers, persons from the public administration, guardians, parents of people with disabilities and self Advocates with disabilities.
➢ To support organisational capacity on their way of becoming more Person-centred organisations: All organisations participating in the New Paths to InclUsion Network have gone through a considerable organisational change process. Out of the project partnerships three organisations Balance from Vienna (Austria), APEMH from Luxembourg and Leben mit Behinderung Hamburg, have documented their activities and learning in three Case studies available at the Online Knowledge centre: http://www.personcentredplanning.info/index.php/knowledge-home/96-koc/multiplication-course/key-1-developing-person-centred-organisations/stories-of-organisational-change
➢ To organise Learning journeys to innovative examples of achieving community inclusion in Europe which are documented at our Online Knowledge centre at: http://www.personcentredplanning.info/index.php/knowledge-home/203-koc/multiplication-course/key-3-community-inclusion/reports-of-sensing-journeys
➢ To valorise the learning experiences in a Curriculum and European Multiplication Course addressing the three keys to Inclusion documented at http://www.personcentredplanning.info/index.php/knowledge-home/84-koc/multiplication-course
➢ To develop a Best Practice Handbook on Inclusive Training & Learning available at: http://www.personcentredplanning.info/images/OnlineKnowledgeCenter/Multiplication_Course/Handbook_2015_11_18.pdf
➢ To provide a one-stop Online Knowledge Centre for all interested stakeholders in gathering knowledge, good practices and updated information on the provision of person-centred planning, Community Inclusion, Inclusive Learning, Organisational Change and Theory in English, as well as the project languages Croatian, Czech, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak and Spanish.
➢ To support the national Networking partners in building sustainable national Networks operating as “Communities of Practice”, whilst also providing the necessary European Networking infrastructure for a strengthening of alliances between the VET and service sector working towards Inclusion.
Accès pour les personnes moins favorisées
Égalité des chances
Santé Humaine et Action Sociale
Matériel pour l'enseignement
Enseignement à distance
Procédure pour l'analyse et le pronostic des besoins de la formation professionnelle
The Outcomes & Results of the New Paths to InclUsion Network are as follows.
• We have organised four Thematic project meetings and an experiential presencing Meeting, which gave the participants an overview and introduction of the U-Theory and process, and dedicated time for experiencing a range of practical sensing exercises (Dialogue Interviews, Social Systems Sculpting, Dialogue Walks, World-Café, etc.) all documented and translated in our Online Knowledge Centre. The research results of the projects accompanying research highlights from the perspective of project participants that project meetings provided safe spaces where some of the most personal and organisational challenging issues – which often are side-lined - when working on change could be expressed and worked upon. It became very clear to most members of the partnership that engaging in questions of Inclusion has to include but means more than just raising questions about accessibility and other technically relates issues. Working towards co-creating inclusive spaces as microcosms of the larger changes we want to see in our organisations, communities and society as a whole, always involves deeply held personal and organisational believes and assumptions that must be surfaced and worked upon if real progress towards achieving inclusion is to be made. This has resulted in a working culture that was characterised by openness, trust and connections between the network members – in a way, as was expressed numerous times, was unprecedented in former (EU) projects. As a vague indicator can be mentioned that almost at every meeting about half of the participants attended at their own costs – with many cross-organisational links and additional learning visits that have been organised throughout the project`s lifecycle and that have already been organised for upcoming years 2016/2017. John O`Brien has contributed his reflections on change along the way which ara available at the Online Knowledge Centre:
• Each of the 12 participating Networking countries has developed a National Dissemination & Exploitation plan with a clear strategy for addressing and reaching the key target groups, which was updated at the end of 2014. All in all project partners have carried out a wide range of dissemination activities, which reached more than 10.000 people in face-face settings (e.g. Workshops, Meetings, Conferences, Presentations, Events) and over 50.000 people via diverse (social)-media (e.g. articles, Facebook, leaflets).
• Based on the national D&E-reports we have produced a European Dissemination & Exploitation strategy which included activities that have been and will be visible on a European level (WP 7), e.g. the project, its approach and outcomes were presented at Inclusion Europe`s annual Europe in Action conferences in June 2013 in Ljubljana, Mai 2014 in Belfast and Mai 2015 in Rome to approx. 500 participants.
• We have produced a project leaflet in all project languages, set up and launched a project Facebook page (currently 1.400 followers) a project website (www.personcentredplanning.eu) and an Online Knowledge Centre. We have released six project Newsletters with detailed information about the overall and national activities that have been delivered to an increasing number of recipients – starting from 1.100 for the first three Newsletters to approx. 2.000 Newsletters for the latter three Newsletters.
• We have built a shared foundation for the development of a European Network by delivering the European Training Course on Inclusion in Croatia, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia & Spain. Additionally - with the support of our network - partners from Italy (Southern Tyrolia), Switzerland & Luxembourg have organised inclusive training courses in their country at their own costs. This makes an approx. number of 750 people (among them approx. 200 people with disabilities) that have been trained to date as a direct outcome of the New Paths to Inclusion project (2009-2011) and the New Paths to Inclusion Network, including managers, service workers, teachers, social workers, persons from the public administration, guardians, parents of people with disabilities and self Advocates with disabilities.
• In order to support organisational capacity for implementing person-centred practices in a way that leads to on-going learning and organisational change as well as to improve VET`s ability to design training formats that meet the structural needs of service providers in addressing experience based solutions, we have piloted and documented three On-Site Sensing programmes at three premises of partner organisations of the consortium. The learning from these sensing Workshops is documented in our Online Knowledge centre with a paper on “Thoughts how to start organisational change” : http://www.personcentredplanning.info/images/OnlineKnowledgeCenter/Multiplication_Course/Thoughts-on-how-to-get-started_Sensing-Workshops.pdf
• We have searched for innovative cross-sectoral approaches in the field of Community Inclusion and identified European Best Practise Sites, documented at our Online Knowledge centre at: http://www.personcentredplanning.info/index.php/knowledge-home/204-koc/multiplication-course/key-3-community-inclusion/best-practices-examples-of-community-inclusion.
• Together with partners from the project we have organised and documented three Sensing Journeys. Each Sensing Journey was attended by 6-8 members of our Networking organisations.
• We have developed an Easy to Read questionnaire to document the experiences that learners with and without intellectual disabilities have made in the five European Training courses. In Our Online Handbook of How to create Inclusive Spaces of learning we have collected, tested and documented Best Practice approaches in accommodating to different learning styles and produced guidelines on designing inclusive Training sessions. Our Handbook is available at our Online Knowledge centre at: http://www.personcentredplanning.info/images/OnlineKnowledgeCenter/Multiplication_Course/Handbook_2015_11_18.pdf.
• In order to increase the evidence base of the sustainability of our Curriculum, and the sustainability of our other project activities our project partner the University of Hannover has conducted a thorough accompanying research taking a close and critical look at all three keys to Inclusion. Our research Report is available at our Online Knowledge centre at: http://personcentredplanning.info/images/OnlineKnowledgeCenter/New_Paths_to_InclUsion/researchreport-fin.pdf.
• In order to create sustainable local, regional and national “Communities of Practice” our partners have organised Networking Platforms that were attended by over 650 participants. The Swiss Network was exemplarily chosen by the Zero project – a global initiative in cooperation between the ESSL foundation, the World Future Council and the European Foundation Centre (http://zeroproject.org) – at the 2015 annual Zero project conference at the United Nations headquarter in Vienna in front of over 2.000 participants as one a worldwide best practices to achieve independent living and political participation of people with disabilities.
• Partners of the project have organised conferences and final events on the issue of Person-centred Planning, Community Inclusion, Supported Decision Making, Theory U and Organisational change informing over 2.000 people directly about the project, its innovative approach and results.
• We have supported the setting of the necessary infrastructure for a continued and sustainable Network through the foundation of the Network of Person-centred Planning. During the time of the project duration and supported by the European project the Network became a registered charity after the German Vereinsrecht. The statues of the Network allow for a broader European span and exchange of perspectives. The Network currently has 300 individual members and 60 organisational members. In the years to come the Network will be the central organisation providing for future European Networking opportunities – under the header of the now widely established brand “New Paths to InclUsion”.
• We have valorised, evaluated and made available our learning experiences through the development, organisation and documentation of a three module European Multiplication Course, with each module addressing the learning, best-practices and potential implications and future prototypes for each of the three keys to Inclusion. The overall rationale, the course design, Training Materials, Stories, Additional Reading and a range of tools are all available at our Online Knowledge Centre at: http://www.personcentredplanning.info/index.php/knowledge-home/84-koc/multiplication-course.
➢ Partner have brought forth, tested, refined & documented interesting Prototypes on the different keys to Inclusion which are partially available as generative stories in our Online Knowledge Centre at: http://www.personcentredplanning.info/index.php/knowledge-home/88-koc/stories.
➢ Each participating Country has produced a national Sustainability and European Sustainability report and developed strategies on how the work of the New Paths to InclUsion Network will continue after the end of the project.
➢ We have organised a series of Final Events in Vienna and Brussel. From the 4th – 7th of November the Final Project Conference, following an experimental and inclusive design, The Network-Day, bringing together the project consortium, associated partners and other interested stakeholders as well as a two day large group workshop facilitated by John O`Brien and Beth Mount attracted more than 270 participants in Vienna. On November 19 we have organised a high level policy workshop at the European Parliament to bring the projects learning and recommendations for a future development of polices directly to EU policy makers. The policy seminar was attended by 70 participants, including Members of the EU parliament and the EU commission. The conference design, presentations and policy recommendations are available at our Online Knowledge centre.
➢ We have collected and developed a whole range of materials. In the Online Knowledge centre VET providers, organisations, self-advocates, families, policy makers and independent change makers in the field of disability and social services now find the largest online available source of information on
o Person-centred Planning (including the New Paths Curriculum, Tools and Methods, Quality Standards for trainers, Stories of Application),
o Organisational Change (Multiplication Course, Application Stories, Training and Process Facilitation Materials),
o Community Inclusion (Multiplication Course, Examples of Good Practice, Guidance to Organise Sensing Journeys),
o Inclusive Learning and Creating Inclusive Spaces of Learning (Multiplication Course, Training Materials, Handbook in Easy to Read, Evaluation sheet),
o Theory U (Introduction in Easy to Read – adapted tools and stories of application) as well a
o thorough and detailed documentation and reflection about our processes and further resources.
for an on-going European network and the Online Knowledge Center.