TRAIL (TEENAGERS: THE ROAD WITH AUTISM TO INDEPENDENT LIVING) ERASMUS+ KA2 PROJECT
Foro Técnico de Formación (SPAIN)
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Conference name: 8th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 4-6 July, 2016
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:The TRAIL is a project born from the identified need to respond to people diagnosed with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) to facilitate their incorporation to independent living. It searches the different action to do in different estates of Europe (U.K, Spain, Sweden, France and Grece), so as to be able to know and work in different partners' countries to define a common line to work. We know about theses project it’s more important because in our days the autism affects a 3.3 million people in European Union, about 1 person out 150 is diagnosed in Europe. Although specific efforts have been made by the autism plans with regards to diagnose, specialized education and access to ordinary life, the teenager phase leading towards independent life, a particularly critical phase, is very inadequately covered and funded. Facing these observations, the challenge is to better know the European member States frames of intervention, the stakeholders needs and the existing training offers and tools to provide accompanying resources for concerned professionals: and to be able to offer existing innovative tools and methods to professionals (education, social) to accompany the transition towards mainstream and independent life. Professionals need to access networks and existing practices in terms of training and intervention processes. TRAIL project will address these professionals in order to help them to better accompany the transition phase and to avoid life-course disruptions which are dramatic in autism and is particularly difficult period for teenagers with autism. The general objective is to contribute to the identification and the implementation of best practices for professionals and of intervention frameworks that would allow the support of the adolescence phase and their access to ordinary life. TRAIL will also contribute to a better inclusion and equality of chances of the target groups. The operational objectives are to compare national plans for autism and provide best practices and recommendations for European and national decisions-makers.To identify the existing good practices, courses, methods or initiatives to provide resources and competencies to the professionals in charge of those young adults with autism. To transfer 3 innovative methods and tools already spotted: -Interactive theatre and scriptwriting (Sweden – TP TEATERN) -Mobile units (APAJH38 – Lyon) intervening directly during the independent life as a tailor-made support -also adapt the HIPE 4 days-course (TOI Leonardo 2012).4. To set up professional communities and to enrich them via tools such as social WEB in order to sustain collaboration between different stakeholders who rarely work together.To define criteria and indicators that would allow both relevance of TRAIL and its deliverables but also the anticipation of the teenagers’ accompaniment to ordinary life.
Consortium: SAMO (France-promoter) PASSEPORT EUROPE (France) APAJH38 (France) REGIONAL DIRECTORATE FROM THESSALY (Greece). INTERMEDIAKT (Greece) FORO TECNICO DE FORMACION (Spain). NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY (UK) TP TEATERN (Sweden)
Keywords: Asd Young Adults, Key Competencies, Autonomy, Empowerment, Independent Life, Innovative Tools and Methods, Professional Networks.