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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 – 9.50: EU Disability Policy: EC (presented by EC official) 9.50 – 10.10: 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 10.10 – 10.30: Discussion – questions SESSION 2 (10.30 – 11.30) Need for skills enhancements via gaming: Point of view of the users Chair: Shervin Shirmohammadi, Sehir University, Turkey 10.30 – 10.50: The need for skills training for people with disabilities: Mark Van Assche (TOLBO vzw) 10.50 [...]

Enquête – Interactieve Mobiele Spraak/Taal Hulpmiddelen – Spraak, Taal & Communicatie

Momenteel voeren wij een enquête uit met betrekking tot het project “Interactieve Spraak/Taal Hulpmiddelen Voor Leerkrachten En Kinderen”. Dit is een 3-jarig project dat is gericht op het creëren van gratis spraak- en taalinteractieve mobiele hulpmiddelen voor gebruik door leerkrachten in het kleuter- en lager onderwijs. Via deze mobiele hulpmiddelen zullen kinderen met spraak-, taal- en communicatieproblemen geholpen worden om hun vaardigheden te verbeteren met de juiste spraak, taal en communicatie ondersteuning. Er zijn geen goede of foute antwoorden op de vragen. We zijn benieuwd naar wat u echt denkt. Soms zal u het gevoel hebben dat geen enkele van de antwoordopties voldoende beschrijft wat u denkt. Dit gebeurt regelmatig in dit soort vragenlijsten, maar we vragen u om te proberen de optie te kiezen die het beste past / het meest overeenkomt met uw ideeën en ervaringen. De vragenlijst vindt u via deze link: Voor logopedisten: https://nl.surveymonkey.com/r/SPEECH-NLONDERST Voor leerkrachten in het (inclusief) onderwijs (kleuterklas, lager onderwijs): https://nl.surveymonkey.com/r/SPEECH-NLLEERKR Voor ouders van kinderen met spraak-, taal- en communicatieproblemen: https://nl.surveymonkey.com/r/SPEECH-NLOUDERS Bij voorbaat hartelijk dank voor uw medewerking. Namens het Consortium “SpeelPath4Teachers – Project website“. Karel Van Isacker PhoenixKM (België) Dit project (2017-1-BG01-Ka201-036295) is gefinancierd met steun van de Europese Commissie (Erasmus + Programma). Deze [...]

Refugee children in education – survey Flanders, Belgium

We recently visited the border area between Bulgaria and Greece, and reported to our Bulgarian colleagues of the “Training for teachers how to cope with refugee children in their class” project (REFUGEEClassAssistance4Teachers, 2016-1-TR01-KA201-034527) on the survey work we conducted in Flanders (Belgium) with regards to refugee children and their education [...]

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 [...]

Expert users at the forefront of innovation assessment

Wim Moeyaert Wim Moeyaert (W.I.T. vzw) was a protagonist in the daily battle towards an inclusive society. He died a few months ago, too young and still full of “inclusion” energy. He had a very important skill set: being a human inclusion library, aware of all possible assistive technology solutions, but equally of legislations, subsidies, accessibility, adaptations, etc. that could further and improve the life of people with disabilities. As a beacon in the overly complicated world of inclusion policies and support, he offered a much needed wisdom guiding light which he shared alike to those most in need via various initiatives (his activities in various NGOs, presentations, lobbying with policy makers, speaker at international forums, etc.). I had the opportunity and luck to know Wim for the past 8 years as a colleague, friend, and a real partner in crime when it concerned inclusion. As expert user, Wim also went that extra step, to explore new technologies, try them out and share his experiences with the wide community of peers with disabilities in Flanders, Belgium, Europe and beyond, but equally with the producers of such technologies. Such interaction is crucial because assistive technologies do not always work the way [...]

Higher education and Latin America: you are from a HEI and would like to coordinate a project between Latin America and Europe?

LA HEI students EU support to Higher Education contributes to building the EU-LA Common Higher Education Area objective (set out for the first time by the Heads of State and Government of EU-LAC through the Declaration of Guadalajara in 2004, and reiterated during the successive EU-LAC Summits) is recognised as a strategic element for strengthening bilateral and multilateral relations between the two regions. Higher education institutions (HEIs) play a leading role as a driver of socio-economic development to overcome social inequality in Latin America by improving the quality of national education systems. We have written an entire proposal for such specific call on Supporting Higher Education in Latin America, and would like to submit under ERASMUS+ (call details to be published later this year, but to be submitted most likely in January-February 2018). We are looking for: reliable Higher education Institution from EU (preferably Spanish speaking country) to act as coordinator with expertise in inclusive education and accessible OERs with expertise in Latin America cooperation or having at least cooperated in the past with at least ONE Latin American country and HEI. All other partners are already in place. You can send your expressions of interest to info[@]phoenixkm.eu for the [...]

Succesful focus groups ISG project

In the context of the “Intelligent Serious Games for Social and Cognitive Competence” project,  several focus groups have been organised in Belgium in December 2016 to assess the various games that have been developed so far. All findings will be communicated to project partners at the forthcoming Budapest (Hungary) project meeting in January [...]

Successful focus groups for refugee project

In the context of the “Training for teachers how to cope with refugee children in their class” project (REFUGEEClassAssistance4Teachers, 2016-1-TR01-KA201-034527), we are surveying the challenges teachers face when they have children in their class with a refugee background. An online survey as well as several focus groups have been organised in Belgium in December 2016. Interested participants can still submit their feedback via the online form. This questionnaire should not take more than 10 minutes of your [...]

2 new Erasmus+ projects for PhoenixKM

Our project team has a long tradition in working successfully together with Turkish universities, especially in the creation of socially oriented project proposals. Recently, 2 new projects have been approved for funding by the Turkish national agency, which had been written by our team, in cooperation with Turkish academics. Training For Teachers How To Cope With Refugee Children In Their Class – 2016-1-TR01-KA201-034527 (01.09.2016 – 30.08.2019) Specialised Ecvet Training Of Caregivers For People With Cerebral Palsy – 2016-1-TR01-KA202-035094 (01.09.2016 – 30.08.2019) Both projects will be trialled in Flanders with respective stakeholders. Kick-off meetings will take place in Ankara, Turkey later this [...]
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