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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 organise the event “Enhancing the skills of youth with learning disabilities” on 22 June 2018, in Brussels, Belgium. The event will highlight 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 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 10.50 – 11.10: 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 with Disabilities within the Directorate General for Justice) 10.50 [...]

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 [...]

NAO Challenge 2015-2016

NAO Challenge 2015-2016 PhoenixKM’s CEO has been invited as jury member to the NAO Challenge 2015-2016 event in Bologna, Italy on 7 May 2016 at the Opificio Golinelli. This opportunity will be used to disseminate also ISG project aims and objectives. The NAO Challenge is an annual competition co-organized by Aldebaran (the company that developed the humanoid robot NAO and that produces [...]

Tendencias Tecnológicas Para La Educación y Atención a la Diversidad e Inclusión

Audience during presentation by PhoenixKM Karel Van Isacker presented at the “INTERNATIONAL FORUM (ETEP-D) V: Tendencias Tecnológicas Para La Educación y Atención a la Diversidad e Inclusión” on 31 March 2016 at the “Fundación Universitaria Tecnológico Comfenalco”, Colombia. His presentation “OERs in Europe – Pathway to inclusion” addressed the status of OERs in Europe and how accessibility needs to be [...]

Promoting our work on Bulgarian National TV

BNT interview with Karel Van Isacker PhoenixKM’s CEO Karel Van Isacker was interviewed by Bulgarian National TV during an event on 21 December 2015 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, while promoting the work of PhoenixKM in the context of the M-CARE, ACAD2, SGSCC, DICE, etc. projects, highlighting the excellent cooperation with Bulgarian partners. The broadcast took place on 23 December 2015 and can be watched again here (starts at [...]

Youth and Social Media: Changing the World of Jobs and Skills

PhoenixKM will attend the “Youth and Social Media: Changing the World of Jobs and Skills” event presented by Tata Consultancy Services and taking place on January 26, 2016 in Brussels. How are social media changing the way young people look for jobs? How should companies adapt? Should schools and universities train students in using social media? Can jobseekers and employers be matched up if they don’t have a strong social media presence? When: Tuesday, January 26, 2016 – Registration begins at 6:00 PM. Event from 6:30 PM to 7:50 PM Where: Residence Palace, Polak Room, Rue de la Loi 155, 1040 [...]
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