Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) affects 1 in 89 individuals in Europe (ASDEU Study, 2018) and 1 in 54 in the US (CDC, 2020). Teachers in public schools report receiving inadequate training and rate their efficacy in working with young people with autism as low. As EU Council recommends “investing in basic skills has become more relevant than ever”, the project intellectual outputs are designed to help teachers facilitate the acquisition of key competencies by their students.

In supporting the development of key competences of youth with disabilities, a special attention is given in the current project – Health Education for Young People with Disabilities (HEDY), to raising the level of personal, social and learning competences to improve health-conscious, future-oriented life management. 

Putting together the 5 partners’ expertise Romanian Angel Appeal Foundation (RAA), Autism-Europe (AE), State Diagnostic and Counselling Centre, IASIS, Inclusive Education School Center Nr. 2, (CSEI) Ploieşti and with the support of 8 associated partner schools, HEDY proposes an attractive, innovative & unique approach aiming to impact over 1000 teachers and through them, a large community of highly vulnerable youth. 

A complex training program of 4 e-learning modules (interactive, with easy to access & use instruments for teaching) will be developed and available for free in 5 european languages: English, French, Romanian, Icelandic & Greek. Young people with disabilities taught by trained teachers will thus develop key personal self care competencies. 


The project has the following objectives:

O1 – Strengthen the knowledge & skills of addressing key competencies related to personal development and health for 800 teachers from the 4 partners’ countries through a complex 4 modules e-learning program 

O2 Improve access of teachers to high-quality ICT based learning through dissemination of innovative outputs towards 200 local & national school stakeholders 

O3 – Support self-representation of young people with ASD through involvement of 18 youth in content piloting and development of a Guideline on youth participation


The expected project results are:

  • 800 teachers from mainstream and special schools from Romania, Greece, Iceland and Belgium will demonstrate (through pre and post-training questionnaires) increased knowledge and skills in tackling personal development and health education with young people with disabilities. 
  • 200 stakeholders from NGOs, schools, local educational authorities will have a better understanding of the existing training program and will be able to further disseminate it. 
  • At least 18 young people from 8 associated partners and CSEI will have been involved in the project participating in e-learning modules piloting and guideline for participation development.
  • At least 90 teachers from special schools and 90 ASD family members (parents) will be impacted by the Guideline for youth participation.

Intellectual outputs 

 

  • Module 1 –  Explaining development and puberty to children and young people with disabilities
  • Module 2 – Teaching personal hygiene and self-care for children and young people with disabilities
  • Module 3 – Sexual and reproductive health for teenagers with disabilities
  • Module 4 – Legal and policy aspects related to health education of children with disabilities
  • Guideline for young people participation

 


The project is funded through ERASMUS KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, KA201 – Strategic Partnerships for school education, has started on 1 October 2020 for a 24 months period.

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