Title SEAD - Self Experience and Disability
Project Number A/06/B/F/PP-158.314
Product Type website
Why did we create this project?
Project SEAD (Self Experience And Disability) provides a blended learning
through training courses which intends to increase the empathy using self
experience and to give tools to professionals in the social area, based on
trainers of social work
carer for people with disabilities
special school teachers and
people who have basic education in social work
Apprentices and trainees who get their education in institutions for textile work and pedagogic academies
People who work in institutions for disabled individuals
People who work with textile and craftspeople in combination with social work.
Music/dance trainers and diving instructors who want to offer additional services.
What is the content of the project?
Undoubtedly, you can offer more to people with disabilities when you
understand their feelings and their needs. SEAD focuses on increasing the
empathy of persons working in the social field and on the understanding of
the feelings, needs and the psychological and emotional situation of people
with disabilities. With SEAD, a person who works and interact with people
with disabilities has the chance not only to gain knowledge and information
about the disability but also to feel the disability.
Common methods for self experience, like using a wheelchair for a certain
time, or shopping with blindfold eyes, simulating blindness, painting with
mouth or toes, etc are already used. From our point of view, these methods
focus on a single disability and on the practical difficulties that the
disability may cause. On the contrary, our project simulates both the
practical and the emotional aspects of the disability at the same time. As
a result the professional who works with disabled people becomes more
empathic and can experience similar feelings, needs and thoughts with the
More than giving a perception of disability in one own’s body, SEAD is also
a working tool for the professionals who work or want to work with disabled
people, in many different areas like diving, dance/music, textile work and the like.
Area of application
To whom is referred?
Our project offers the possibility to professionals who work or who want to
start working with disabled people to acquire the appropriate abilities in
order to be more efficient in their work. Participation in the project
gives the opportunity to experience similar feelings, circumstances and
situations with those of disabled people.