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“Martial Arts as tool towards Inclusion” – Ieper event

On 28 November 2018, we will organise an event in Ieper, Belgium that will focus on the inclusion aspect of sports: at school, but also during youth activities, etc. Language of the event: English/Dutch Venue of the meeting: Cultuurcentrum Ieper – ACCI p.a. Fochlaan, 1 8900 Ieper Belgium Agenda: 13:00-13:10 Welcome and a brief introduction by event organiser Karel Van Isacker (PhoenixKM) 13:10- 14:00 Presentation MAInclusion project Martial Arts as tool towards Inclusion – 2017-1-BG01-KA201-036353 To train physical activity teachers in schools in remote/rural areas as well as those that have a lot of socially disadvantaged pupils to introduce Martial Arts to stimulate the inclusion of socially disadvantaged youth, regardless of age, race, gender or ability. To enable Martial Arts to become a lever to strengthen self confidence, control violence and strengthen community aspects. To enable Martial Arts training of people with special needs including both physical disabilities and learning / mental disabilities (Cerebral Palsy, Deafness, Visual Impairment, Amputees, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, Dyspraxia, ADHD and other learning difficulties). Karel Van Isacker (PhoenixKM) 14:00- 15:00 Presentation Sports for ALL project ST4ALL project – 590416-EPP-1-2017-1-BG-SPO-SCP ST4ALL aims to enhance the training skills of sports trainers when working with youth with [...]

Practices and Experiences of Supported Employment in Belgium (Flanders)

PhoenixKM presented the Practices and Experiences of Supported Employment in Belgium (Flanders) at the final conference of the Tools4SE project in Istanbul – Turkey, at İstanbul Medeniyet Üniversitesi. PhoenixKM’s CEO Karel Van Isacker also introduced to the audience an “Innovative holistic guidance model for integration of people with disabilities on the European Labour Market” as being created in the context of the JobCircuit [...]

How the learning space can become an inclusive learning space – Lessons from Europe

How the learning space can become an inclusive learning space – Lessons from Europe [To be presented at CAVA2018, 21-24 August 2018 in Medellin, Colombia. With thanks to Silvia Margarita Baldiris Navarro.] Inclusive education is cemented in article 24 of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol (A/RES/61/106) which was adopted on 13 December 2006 at the United Nations. In Europe, this has created opportunities, but also tensions. On the one hand, there is a need for access to learning material, supportive education practices, inclusion oriented teaching practices, as well as physical accessibility to schools, universities, VET centres, etc. On the other hand, all these aspects must coincide and be complementary. This symbiosis has been somewhat cumbersome and needs fine-tuning. A lesson to be learned by Latin American initiatives. The keynote will highlight a number of European initiatives and access to online free [...]

Event “Enhancing the skills of youth with learning disabilities” on 22 June 2018 – Brussels, Belgium

In the context of the “Intelligent Serious Games for Social and Cognitive Competence” project (ISG), we organised the event “Enhancing the skills of youth with learning disabilities” on 22 June 2018, in Brussels, Belgium. The event highlighted a whole range of initiatives that have as common goal to enhance skills of youth with (learning) disabilities. Target audience: People with disabilities, and their families and friends Teachers / Trainers / Tutors from inclusive and special education Youth and disability organisations Personal caregivers ICT and AT experts Video coverage: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Program: 8.30-9.00: Registration and welcome OPENING (9.00-9.30) Opening + introduction to ISG – Karel Van Isacker (CEO, PhoenixKM) SESSION 1 (9.30-10.30) Increased independence for youth with learning disabilities Chair: Jean-Marie Vanhove (inclusion expert) 9.30 – 10.00: More independence for youth with learning disabilities – EU context: Helga Stevens (N-VA), Member of the European Parliament, Vice-Chair ECR, Co-chair Disability Intergroup 10.00 – 10.20: Witness accounts of pilot participants 10.20 – 10.30: Discussion – questions SESSION 2 (10.30 – 11.30) Need for skills enhancements: A European perspective Chair: Shervin Shirmohammadi, Sehir University, Turkey 10.30 – 10.50: EU Disability Policy: Inmaculada Placencia-Porrero (Deputy Head of Unit, for Rights of Persons [...]

Violence linked to vulnerable groups – Children with disabilities – A journey through hard numbers and facts

This afternoon we presented at the National Conference “Violence and the child of the 21st century – conceptual and practical challenges” on 23-24 November 2017, at the Grand Hotel Plovdiv, Bulgaria. Title of my presentation: “Violence linked to vulnerable groups – Children with disabilities – A journey through hard numbers and facts” Organisers were: University of Plovdiv “P.Hilendarski” ; State Agency for Child Protection, Municipality of Plovdiv English version Bulgarian [...]

At Bulgarian ECVET event

Left to right: Roumiana Atanassova (Foundation Vision for Science and Technology Growth, Sofia), Preslav Dimitrov (Dean of Economy Faculty, Chair of Department of Tourism, South Eastern University, Blagoevgrad), Ivanka Mihaylova (Ministry of Education and Science, Sofia), Karel Van Isacker (PhoenixKM, Belgium), Penka Nikolova (NAVET, director licensing, Sofia) On 20 September 2017, the Bulgarian National Agency “Human Resource Development Centre” in cooperation with NAVET (National Agency for VET) organised a very well attended event addressing the importance of introducing the ECVET principle in Erasmus+ projects. Apart from being able to disseminate our activities in the domain of curriculum and training material development using the ECVET framework, we also had very fruitful meetings with local Bulgarian organisations, as well as the organisers. We emphasised on our good cooperation with many Bulgarian and Balkan organisations and exchanged ideas for new [...]

Accessible Izmir 2016 Congress

Karel Van Isacker, CEO of PhoenixKM, will be keynote speaker at the Accessible Izmir 2016 Congress on 2-3-4-5 November 2016 in Izmir, Turkey. His keynote “Universal Design in a Diverse World” (Auditorium Hall 1, 11:30-12:30) will address the world of accessibility applied to the overall design world from a practical experience point of view. In the context of inclusive design, Mr. Van Isacker has been teaching Inclusive Design as invited expert/lecturer at Thomas More Hogeschool (Belgium) in the context of the “Community Service Engineers” education, as well as invited expert at the University of Cordoba, Monteria [...]
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