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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Conference celebrating the Day of Persons with Disabilities

The European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion organises the yearly conference celebrating the Day of Persons with Disabilities on 7-8 December 2015, “Growing together in a barrier-free Europe”. Conference celebrating the Day of Persons with Disabilities on 7-8 December 2015, “Growing together in a barrier-free Europe”. The conference will focus on children and young people with disability under the theme: “Growing together in a barrier-free Europe”. Presentations and discussions will be on the current situation of children with disabilities in Europe, including personal testimonies and on inclusive education, an opening door for equal participation of children and young people with disabilities in work and society. Commissioner Thyssen will announce the winners of the 2016 Access City Award, (1st, 2nd and 3rd place) on 8 December as well as two special mentions on access to work and accessible smart cities, at a special ceremony during the conference. As every year, the European Commission is celebrating the Day of Persons with Disabilities together with the European Disability Forum. PhoenixKM will attend this [...]

PhoenixKM presents at CAVA 2016

Presenting the “Setting up my Inclusive Business” session at Monteria, University of Córdoba, 22 June 2015 CAVA 2016 (International Conference of Adaptive and Accessible Virtual Learning Environment) has been launched and will be hosted by Fundación Universitaria Tecnológico Comfenalco, Cartagena de Indias on 26-29 July, 2016. I most likely will attend again as keynote, and if possible also (hopefully) organise a new training event in Monteria at University of Córdoba. This will take place in cooperation with the global initiative on inclusive learning. – Karel Van [...]

Event – Caring for people with disabilities and older people: challenges, opportunities and (mobile/online) training solutions

On 1 December 2015, the final M-CARE conference will be organised in Brussels, Belgium at VLEVA premises. The event “Caring for people with disabilities and older people: challenges, opportunities and (mobile/online) training solutions” will focus on the importance of good quality personal caregiving (PCG) for people with disabilities and older people. Focus will be on caring in a broader perspective, and how M-CARE’s (mobile/online) training solutions contribute to successful PCGs. You can register [...]

M-CARE conference, Brussels, Belgium – 1 December 2015

M-CARE logo On 1 December 2015, the final M-CARE conference will be organised in Brussels, Belgium at VLEVA premises. The event “Caring for people with disabilities and older people: challenges, opportunities and (mobile/online) training solutions” will focus on the importance of good quality personal caregiving (PCG) for people with disabilities and older people. Focus will be on caring in a broader perspective, and how M-CARE’s (mobile/online) training solutions contribute to successful PCGs. Target groups: (Potential) personal assistants/personal caregivers Nurses Social workers People with disabilities Parents/friends/colleagues Representative organisations of people with disabilities Policy makers Where?: Vlaams-Europees verbindingsagentschap vzw (please download the itinerary) Kortenberglaan 71 1000 Brussels Belgium Practicalities: English is the used language. Premises are wheelchair accessible. ​Registration: Attendance is free but registration is obligatory, and is possible via the project website. Any other costs incurred in participating to this event (hotel, travel, subsistence, etc.) must be paid for by the [...]