Title PAPE - Participation of autistic people in EU
Project Number 142667-LLP-1-2008-1-DE-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
Marketing Text PAPE will develop a Autism Europass Access Tool (AutismEPAT) for autistic people (autism in early childhood), to serve a competition of competence and to give them access to the Europass.
The tool in itself is not a certificate, rather it is a means to completing a certificate. We develop our 'tool' as a means to enable the filling in of the standard Europass. Instead of inventing a new 'certificate' we 'direct' the process towards the existing Europass.
Through its computer-based format, the ´AutismEPAT´ enable dynamic entries, which can continuously show the development in the persons life “self-reflexive”.
The purpose of the AutismEPAT is to foster transparency and recognition of the abilities and competencies of people with autism. For this, not only curricula are described, but above all, competencies of day-to-day life are documented, which often already present a big challenge for people with autism. Therefore AutismEPAT helps to documents abilities in detail in different areas.
In contrast to documents that emphasise deficiencies, the AutismEPAT also explicitly highlights the possibility for personal development for the concerned persons and, thereby, makes it more accessible. This increases the motivation to pursue one’s own development, entailing a better social integration.
AutismEPAT standing for 'Autism Europass Access Tool' captures the 'living-document' aspect of the tool that we are trying to develop. It indicates the potential for positive future development of all sorts of skills and abilities, rather than a static, unchanging view of the person. The AutismEPAT will give possibility to continue competences in every area of life and to compare in different services and also in different countries.
Modules of AutismEPAT will give the possibility to autistic people to document their social and professional skills, to extend these skills and so to intensify their participation in public life. The AutismEPAT also will be an instrument of motivation for lifelong learning, because of the necessity of external aims for autistic people. Moreover it will be a help for services to prove more measures for autistic people.
The instrument that we are developing can be seen as a way of 'scaffolding' or facilitating the person with autism (with limited expressive language) to be able to complete the Europass (or to complete sections of the Europass). Without such an instrument people with autism with limited expressive language capabilities will not be able to complete the Europass - but with the right kind of instrument access to this potentially important document (the Europass) could be enhanced for people with autism - and of course with our kind of instrument, the person with autism would not be completing the Europass by her/himself - the instrument would structure the conversation/interaction with a carer/parent/facilitator to enable a better level of access to the Europass.
Recognition, transparency, certification
Access for disadvantaged
Sectors Human Health and Social Work Activities
transparency and certification
The Autism Europass Access Tool(AutismEPAT) will be developed in computerbased form.It has 5 sections to fill in competences in I view. The sections are communication, well-being, social, daily living, occupation and interests with a lot of subsections. For people with autism who can not speak parents or carer who know them best should fill in the competences. People with autism who are able to write with Facilitated Communication (FC) can fill in themselves. The computerbased form offers the opportunity to print a summary of competences and like europass this document will show not only reached official qualifications but also soft and key skills.
Instead of inventing a new 'certificate' we 'direct' the process towards the existing Europass.