Title Project Skills Lab to work for people with Autism
Project Number 2010-LDV-TOI-510
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
The project will develop a concept of a Skills Lab based on the methodical application of the Life Course Model, providing the bridge from social exclusion to long term employment.
The optimized training environment of each Skills Lab will give the target group the training and setting needed to develop the required labour attitudes, skills, competences etc. Similarly, the training and engagement of employers will promote receptive workplaces and sympathetic recruitment practices.
The Skills Lab project will change the attitudes of both jobseekers with ASD and potential employers, so that both groups have realistic expectations towards work and to any reasonable adjustments that are necessary for the individual recruit.
The partnership will develop and disseminate the skills and learning in this specialist field. The Skills Lab concept is based on stakeholder cooperation: representatives from the fields of training and employment will be involved in the project.
The main problems the project wants to tackle, are the problems that adults with ASD encounter towards employment (due to Autism like for example communication problems, ...). They need a environment in their approach to work that offers enough structure and is autism-friendly to learn new skills. There is a lack of support after (and during) the school period or diagnosis to help them to work. The European Union however, wants to achieve the highest possible employment rate. In the Skills Lab people with ASD are being prepared/trained for their future employment in an ASD-friendly environment. Over the years few vocational training centres have developed a specific method for the support related to work by adapting the method of supported employment to the needs of this specific target group (adults with ASD). The methods and instrument have been proven very successful. A tailor-made answer concerning their labor question is still missing in many countries. Adults with ASD have severe problems to find a job on the open labour market.
The project wants to make a contribution to maximize the professional integration of people with ASD. The project will enhance the skills of people with ASD and their environment (empowerment). Within the Avanti project the partners developed a life course model for the target group. This project wants to use the model (and vision) and apply it in the concept of the Skills Lab. The partnership will exchange, develop, inventorise and disseminate methods to the stakeholders within the field of education and work (an important transition). The 'Skill Lab' wants to help people with ASD to build their self-reliance, social skills and competences to work in a ASD-friendly environment. The Skills Lab is a setting with concrete support, where research on the skills and adjustments for employers are possible, to prepare professional integration. The Skills Lab is a workplace, a good environment to prepare for work where people with ASD are the priority, and yet offers enough challenge to work on their personal and professional skills regarding labour. The Skills Lab is a (pragmatic) knowledge centre for work and disability (and the context that is needed for social inclusion). The Skills Lab can have many concrete forms but is the combination of different methods and instrument of the partners involved. A pilot in Flanders for example wants to start a library as a learning/training environment for adults with ASD. The target group will build a library at Indigo (a specialist therapy centre). The library is also useful for gathering knowledge and for dissemination, but it could be another service that is provided as a work floor. Each partner (NL, UK, PT) will organize a different pilot to support people with ASD towards work in their region, the skills lab will also be organized in companies on the open labor market (labor continuum - scale of adjusted settings in the labor continuum).
Le projet développera un concept pour un Skills Lab, basé sur l’application méthodologique du Modèle de la Course de Vie (life Course Model), formant une jonction entre l’exclusion social et l’emploi à long terme.
Chaque Skills Lab sera un lieu d’apprentisage optimisé et donnera au groupe cible les entrainement et l’environnement nécessaire afin d’obtenir les attitudes vis-à-vis le travail, compétences, etc. De même, la formation et l’engagement des employeurs encouragera les lieux de travail réceptifs el les pratiques de recrutement sympathiques.
Le projet Skills Lab changera les attitudes des chercheurs d’emploi ayant TSA et des employeurs potentiels, alors que les deux groupes ont des attentes réalistes envers le travail et de tous les ajustements raisonnables qui sont nécessaire pour le candidat individuel.
Le partenariat développera et diffusera les compétences et les connaissances dans ce domaine spécialisé. Le concept de Skills Lab est basé sur la coopération des intervenants: représentants des domaines de l’éducation et de l’emploi seront impliqués dans le projet.
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