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PERSBERICHT – Hoe toegankelijke interactie tussen jongeren met en zonder een beperking kan bijdragen tot een meer inclusieve samenleving.

PERSBERICHT – ONMIDDELLIJKE VERSPREIDING (pdf) Hoe toegankelijke interactie tussen jongeren met en zonder een beperking kan bijdragen tot een meer inclusieve samenleving. Jaarlijks vindt op 3 december de Internationale dag voor personen met een handicap plaats. PhoenixKM BVBA (, Kortemark) gaat daarom in die week in het kader van het Europese ACCESS-INTERACT project ( jongeren uit Bulgarije, Oostenrijk en het VK naar het Vlaamse Ieper brengen. De bedoeling is om hen kennis te laten maken met lokale initiatieven die streven naar een inclusieve samenleving, en dit op het vlak van jongerenwerking, onderwijs en tewerkstelling. Belangrijkste focus hierbij is hoe toegankelijke interactie tussen jongeren met en zonder een beperking kan bijdragen tot een meer inclusieve samenleving. Aan de hand van concrete voorbeelden en situaties gaan we jongeren bewust maken dat het inzetten op inclusieve communicatie van jongs af aan kan bijdragen tot een meer inclusieve wereld. Daarom gaan we met deze groep jongeren het volgende organiseren op 4, 5 en 6 december 2018: Interactieve trainingsessies in Ieper met betrekking tot toegankelijke communicatie tussen jongeren met en zonder beperkingen; alsook met betrekking tot inclusieve tewerkstelling in Vlaanderen – 4 & 5 december 2018 Bezoek aan de sociale onderneming Page Electronics NV in [...]

“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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]
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