The project involves 5 participating countries across the EU. It started in September 2017 and ends by December 2020.
The objective of this initiative was to create a set of modules which will assist persons with an intellectual disability to engage in independent living. This will be achieved by focusing on the current need to enhance communication, literacy and numeracy skills of persons with an intellectual impairment so that they will have the means to be fully integrated within the social and economic national frameworks and also to be able to realize their inherent rights for independent living.
This project focuses on improving the communicative, literacy and numeracy skills for persons with an intellectual impairment (i) living on their own; (ii) living with immediate or extended families; and (iii) living in residential / communal homes. The Modules reflect the different needs of the mentioned categories of this project's target group.
The activities of this project were as follows:
2) Development of Modules
3) Pilot Activities
4) Multiplier Event
Many researchers have shown that persons with intellectual disability are very vulnerable and more likely to have denser propensity per capita to be listed as low skilled or low qualified adults in a country's demographic employment analysis. However, no research to date has professionally and methodically analysed what type of services and subsidies - be they regional, national, transnational or indeed offered by civil society pressure groups - are presently available throughout the various EU countries for this population grouping. Thus, before the development of each Module, this project constituted a research study (encompassing all the EU countries) seeking to list and catalogue available subsidies, programmes and incentives in this field for persons with an intellectual impairment. The research established if such available opportunities are being maximised by the grouping in question and, if not, why are there such shortfalls in the respective jurisdictions which will be monitored. Additionally, this research underlined harmonious and quasi-identical initiatives in this sector evident in the various EU countries and highlight initiatives and regulations which are available in some jurisdictions but not available in all the EU jurisdictions.
Enhancing our target group's communication and other skills should be seen in the context of providing this group with the necessary tools for integration within society and for stratification betterment of the individuals in question. The project also segmented the various groupings related to persons with intellectual disabilities in order to fully pinpoint the specific needs of the target groups.
The project, by means of professionally researched evaluations and surveys on current systems of integration, came to the conclusion that six specific modules should be taught and assessed, with varying levels of difficulty according to the levels of intellectual impairment of the target groups in question.
The modules dwell on the following themes:
All the modules have inbuilt assimilation and linking to the three cardinal rules of induction for the intellectually impaired, namely Literacy, Numeracy and Communication skills. By means of this system, the participating organisations will be testing the Modules and at the same time providing training to a total of 360 individuals by the end of same project.
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