Project Summary

Project Summary

The awareness for the Trisomy 21 citizen’s inclusion has been slowly increasing thanks to a number of measures and actions adopted at both National and European levels. The European Parliament adopted a declaration on children with Down Syndrome in 2012 urging the Commission, the Council and the Member States to contribute to their social inclusion though awareness-raising campaigns. The EU also promotes their inclusion in society through the European Disability Strategy but much more can and has to be done. Work in this area is still, mainly, being done by non-profit organizations and associations in the civil society with very few resources. Therefore, this project aims at making a positive difference in the area of Down Syndrome children's support.
Thus, this project aims at promoting and facilitating the social inclusion and the employability of European Down Syndrome youth citizens through Tourism and e-skills. The project also aims to foster, safeguard and promote European Cultural Heritage (via the promotion of Touristic and Artistic activities), as well as requalification in terms of cultural, audio-visual and e-Skills diversity in cross-sectorial areas.

    ->In addition to this identified need, there is also a major concern about the needs of the participants, organisations and stakeholders towards down syndrome.
  • (i) Regarding the participants, this project not only concerns about their social integration but also, for the inclusion of these citizens in the labour market or towards other employability activities;

  • (ii) Concerning the organisations, and since this project team will directly cooperate and collaborate with key institutions focused on intellectual disabilities citizens, it will enhance their apprenticeship in e-skills, towards a specific learning and adapted teaching/learning scenario.

  • (iii) As for stakeholders, particularly those who share a connection with these fields of impact (social inclusion and integration of citizens with intellectual disabilities) will be able of acquire a set of good practices through the cooperation in the project activities and methodology

    ->The project has two main primary target groups who will be involved across the development, implementation and evaluation of this project.
  • 1. Young people between 13 and 30 years old with Down Syndrome that face psychological, social or physical challenges and that need alternative pathways to engage with education and new technological competences for employability.

  • 2. Teachers and relevant professionals involved in the delivery and development of creative and innovative educational responses for young people who do not engage in mainstream educational settings.

These target groups can be found in a first layer throughout the local and regional community of this project, since the involved partners have already made this initial recognition, either through their organisations and other institutions. The second layer, allow us to understand the national and European target groups, where this partnership also recognised throughout research and other actions, the upcoming needs of these citizens, particularly by having statistical data and analysis.

The project is designed to ensure meaningful input from all stakeholders, in order to obtain clear accomplishments at all levels and also to develop meaningful measures to gauge success. The outputs, learning activities and two Multiplier Events are related to the specific aims of this project, where each output has a related activity and it owns objectives. With this, the core work plan and each output informs the next. Key stakeholders and participants will deliver input on an on-going basis and will include the identification of outcomes and any adaptation required.

Project Summary

This project will provide outcomes and results that will contribute to increase awareness about Down Syndrome citizens and their social inclusion, by developing engaging learning environments for a range of marginalised young people at-risk of educational disadvantage and therefore limited life opportunities. The intended impact is to further develop non-formal programmes and activities in order to maximise the effectiveness of learning and training for inclusion through a creative approach to training design and delivery. It is envisaged that young participants will benefit from the opportunity to develop a degree of autonomy over their own learning process and contribute with the development of new approaches and insights. As the application platform will be created and freely maintained by the Applicant organization, this project has the potential to contribute to further use by other non-profit organizations that can reuse the educational contents later on. Successful dissemination will be facilitated through a range of media and events designed to maximise the sharing of findings and to open a dialogue for future innovation.