Title Enabling and Including Young People with Complex and Intense Support Needs
Project Number 541981-LLP-1-2013-1-BE-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text The ENABLIN+ project wants to enable children and youth with complex and intense support needs (CISN), their caregivers and supporters, to be participate more actively in ordinary life, in families, at school, and other community life. We want to develop a system of interdisciplinary in-service training, where professionals and parents of various professional backgrounds learn together, with the aim of improving inclusion, promoting de-institutionalisation and enhancing quality of life of the children at various age levels. ENABLIN + develops on-the-job training models, enhancing interdisciplinary collaboration among all the people involved, especially between parents and professionals.
The ENABLIN+ project addresses the needs of children and youth with complex and intense support needs (CISN), their caregivers and supporters. It's intended to develop a system of interdisciplinary in-service training, where professionals and parents of various professional backgrounds learn together, with the aim of improving inclusion, promoting de-institutionalisation and enhancing quality of life of the children with CISN, at various age levels. It responds to urgent needs for training, to meet the increasing demands for supporting children with CISN and comply to the 2006 Convention of the United Nations on the rights of persons with disabilities, forcing countries to take measures of de-institutionalisation and to organize the possibility of including children with also a serious disability in normal schools & other community life. Actual vocational training insufficiently prepares professionals to deal with these issues. There is a need of transdisciplinary collaboration of all concerned: parents, teachers, daily-life supporting staff, medical & rehabilitation staff and vocational training staff.
To that purpose, the project wants to do (1) a needs study, (2) search and describe examples of good practice, (3) develop a set of training modules in EN, NL, FR, IT, RO, HU and BG languages, oriented at support needs assessment, staff attitudes, beliefs and conceptual systems, enhancing children’s communication capacities, daily life activities, behaviour regulation, activation and participation in learning and inclusive schooling. (4) Modules can be on-line as well as in real meetings. (5) An international summer school will be organised. (6) Results will be disseminated in newsletters, professional articles, a white-book and DVD.
The name of the project “Enablin+” stems from the word “to enable”. To “enable” is the opposite of “to disable”: it means “to make possible”, to create conditions so as to realize talents and opportunities. The + sign signifies the multiple challenges children (and their supporting environment) are faced with.
ENABLIN+ Project is intended to achieve 6 main goals:
1. To promote quality of life of children and young adults with complex dependency needs by increasing social and educational participation, facilitating activities, learning and development; by raising awareness of those supporting them, that it is possible and worthwhile to activate them, and by creating a shift of mind in this sense.
2. To enhance the quality of support as well as contribute to de-institutionalisation and inclusion, by increasing self-efficacy of parents and professionals working with children and young adults with complex dependency needs, in accompanying them towards a more inclusive and active life
3. To develop interdisciplinary in-service training modules for professionals and parents working with this target group, to enhance competencies in cognitive activation, increasing autonomy, activities in daily life, communication, behaviour regulation and in inclusive education
4. Professionalizing staff of mainstream schools in welcoming children with complex dependency needs
5. Strengthen parents-professionals cooperation
6. Empower parents and professionals
To that purpose, the project will carry on a set of core activities: assessing the stakeholders' needs, identifying and describing examples of good practice, developing a set of training modules in EN, NL, FR, IT, RO, HU and BG languages, addressing support needs assessment, staff attitudes, beliefs and conceptual systems, enhancing children’s communication capacities, daily life activities, behaviour regulation, activation and participation in learning and inclusive schooling. An international summer school will also be organised.
Utilization and distribution of results
Recognition, transparency, certification
Open and distance learning
Access for disadvantaged
Human Health and Social Work Activities
open and distance learning
program or curricula
interdisciplinary in-service training modules for professionals and parents
a white-book describing best practices