Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Marketing Text Disability Awareness Project – a New Challenge for Employees has been created in the idea of raising teachers’ and administrative staff’s professional qualifications by broadening their awareness concerning disability and topical challenges connected with growing activeness of disabled persons in social life of developing Europe. We know from experience that lack of such awareness is one of the reasons for social exclusion, increasing mental barriers and stereotypes of different kinds which become the bases of open or hidden discrimination. That is why it is so important for persons who are in contact with disabled students to possess suitably high awareness concerning specific needs deriving from disability. To change the current conditions the eminent European academic centres (Padua University and Jagiellonian University) together with organisations experienced in counseling, vocational trainings and Disability Awareness trainings (British ‘Learning Differences Ltd., Bulgarian ‘Euroinform Ltd. and Spanish FEPAMIC organization) decided to create extensive training materials containing information about types of disability, its physiological and psychological consequences, stereotypes and language etiquette, ways to overcome the barriers (also mental) and a change in attitude towards disabled persons who too often become the object of charity activities instead of being perceived as subject of social life. Within the Project, in all of the partner countries, there were trainings organised for teachers as well as for people working in public administration sector.
DARE stands for the name of the project whose full title is Disability Awareness: a New Challenge for Employees.
The long-term objective of the project and the DARE Consortium is raising public awareness of disability and the way people with disabilities function in modern (knowledge-based) society.
Disability awareness means a solid knowledge of the subject, combating stereotypes, as well as providing information on methods of active support. It includes appropriate assistance that is based on an objective assessment of disabled people in various spheres of social life. This approach does require commitment on the part of society and disabled individuals themselves, yet brings major benefits to both.
The DARE project brought tangible results in the form of training courses raising disability awareness, in the first instance, with academic teachers and public administration staff in higher education settings. The DARE Consortium regards these two groups as professionals requiring particularly effective support in the form of training since they have a major impact on shaping public attitudes. This training equiped them with a solid knowledge related to disability issues and strategies.
The DARE training packages are divided into materials for the trainer and materials for the training participants. There are separate packages for academic teachers and public administration staff so as to ensure maximum benefits of either group’s participation in the training.
The final conference was held in Krakow 22-23 October 2009
The primary aim of the project was to increase the level of professional qualifications held by teachers and public administration staff in the field of disability and the presence of disabled people in the society.
The objectives were the following:
- Providing those employed in the above mentioned sectors with competent knowledge of disability, its types, physiological and psychological consequences, barriers faced by disabled persons in their everyday life and methods of eliminating them.
- Generating an active attitude towards the support of disabled people on the part of teachers and public administration staff pursuant to solid knowledge acquired during the training sessions.
- Equipping public administration staff and teachers with the ability to interact with disabled persons effectively and in an appropriate way.
- Eliminating clichéd patterns of thinking about disability, stereotypes and withdrawal attitudes.
- Improving the image of disabled people as students, applicants and associates.
- manual for teacher trainers
- training materials for teachers
- manual for trainers of administrative staff
- training materials for administrative staff
- educational supplementary materials for teachers and administrative staff
Access for disadvantaged
Human Health and Social Work Activities
Information and Communication
Considerable results of the Project are training programs for academic teachers and administrative staff in the form of:
-Teachers trainer’s guide,
-Training materials for teachers,
-Administrative staff trainer’s guide,
-Training materials for administrative staff,
-Supplementary materials in electronic version which are available on the web site for the future course participants.