Title Re-investing Expertise: Expansion of Professional Training for Educators and Parents of Children with Down's Syndrome
Project Number 2012-1-GR1-LEO05-10054
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Re_PoD ) is an innovative European project that focuses on the needs of persons with Down Syndrome. The main goal of the project is to revise and adapt an innovative training tool developed in a previous Leonardo da Vinci Development of Innovation project (PoD project) for family members and professionals to help stimulate and educate persons with DS throughout their lifetime in Bulgaria and Hungary.
Recognizing and responding to the need to provide support for parents of DS children and professionals that come into contact with them, was the LdV DoI multilateral project PoD - Professional Training for Parents of Children with Down Syndrome. Undertaken in 2007-2009, with a partnership that included Spain, Italy, Greece and Romania, it designed, developed and implemented a new training tool for family members that helped stimulate and educate people with DS throughout their lives, beginning in early childhood.
The conditions for persons with DS and the challenges facing those involved in their care and education that inspired the PoD project in the original partner countries are more entrenched in countries of the eastern part of Europe. In view of this, and owing to the fact that the results from the DoI project showed unequivocally that PoD is worthy of further development for use across Europe, KMOP, as a defining member of the original partnership, seeks to adapt the existing PoD tool to the needs – socio-economic and linguistic - of two new EU countries: Hungary and Bulgaria.
The project is carried out by a consortium with two partners in each county, representing NGOs, DS associations and educational partners. The Greek NGO KMOP, as part of the original developing consortium with extensive experience in management of EU funded projects is joined by fellow Greek MAST, a private SME with technical expertise, which served as the technical backup of KMOP during the development of the original PoD tool. In Bulgaria, DDBZ, as an experienced VET provider with extensive experience in training and European projects, is joined by a special needs school that has a particular focus on children with DS. In Hungary, the Down Syndrome Association will work closely with a progressive educational centre that has the technical expertise and experience to undertake the adaptation of the tool for the Hungarian context. The project also benefits from several associated partners that in various ways offer their support.
The main project outcome will be the revised tool in Bulgarian, Hungarian and English, accompanied by an e-learning platform and a complementary teaching methodology. Collateral outcomes will be dissemination and exploitation tools, such as the web site, public presentations, articles and press releases.
In terms of envisaged impact, it is expected to be significant both numerically (the partnership can reach over 3000 final beneficiaries, end-users and stakeholders) and in terms of results, empowerment of target groups and final beneficiaries.
During the Re-PoD project, which is a 24 month project, the following will be implemented for the successful delovery of the final training tool:
-Identification of the actual needs of parents/relatives of persons with Down Syndrome in Bulgaria and Hungary
-Proposal for the areas of the existing PoD tool to be adapted so as to develop a tool which will correspond to the actual needs of parents of persons with Down Syndrome in Bulgaria and Hungary.
-Development of the functional prototype and revised tool
-Pioting of the prototype
- Designing and implementation of a teaching methodology for the final training tool
-Implementation of Training of Trainers (ToTs) and Training of Users (ToUs) sessions in both Bulgaria and Hungary to create a network of active stakeholders who will facilitate the sustainability of the project.
Utilization and distribution of results
Open and distance learning
Access for disadvantaged
Human Health and Social Work Activities
open and distance learning
the products of the project concern the following:
D1 Project work plan
D2 SC meeting minutes
D3 Progress Reports
D4 Handbook of quality benchmarks for project
D5 External Assessment Report
D6 Needs analysis report
D7 Proposal for platform and contents specification
D8 Prototype of functional platform and revised tool
D9 Final tool
D10 User manual
D11 Teaching Methodology Guide
D18 Training Seesions (ToTs & ToUs)
D12 Dissemination plan
D13 Production of sets of DVDs & CDs
D14 Website (www.repod.org)
D16 Dissemination leaflets
D17 Dissemination posters
D20 Press releases