IDIPOWER Newsletter

Vol. 1 No. 3 Year 2016

EMPOWERING DISABLED PERSONS THROUGH COLLABORATIVE LEARNING
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NEWSLETTER

About project

The project IDIPOWER contributes to a reorientation of the support services role in order to best meet the needs and goals of persons with disabilities, becoming as much independent as possible.

Project meeting, Gelsenkirchen, Germany June 6th 2016

 

Partner editorial

There are not dependents persons and independent persons, but situations in which a person can lose or see limited greater or lesser extent, their autonomy to carry out certain activities. (Assisi and Palacios 2007, 21)
 
IDIPOWER is the first European project in which participates COPAVA and through this project we have been able to continue supporting people so they can be the protagonists of their own lives.
COPAVA: is an Association Established in 1980 originated from the need to bring together the interests of Occupational Centers que apoyan a personas con discapacidad intelectual.
44 nonprofit entities grouping to human potential by FORMED: 2,252 People with intellectual disabilities, 536 professionals and 24 partners.
 
People with disabilities have been and continue to be largely historical and culturally oppressed as a group because they face multiple barriers and lack of opportunities and support to be protagonists of their own lives.
The IDIPOWER project raises organizational and methodological cues to take into account when developing effective empowerment processes for people with disabilities. While continued progress on the difficult path to change in the conceptualizion of disability and orientation of service providers for quality of life, self-determination, social inclusion and rights. Developing a methodology to provide skills in all stakeholders (people whit disabilities, their families and profesionals)  in order to develop personal projects themselves.
AMICA, Spain

One of the key points of IDIPOWER Project, it is the opportunity offered to people (persons with disabilities, families and professionals) to transmit their good practices through their own testimonies and experiences.
This open doors to a working methodology in which person learns to work. We all learn from each and together we draw conclusions about the success factors on which sustain a support model to the person.
Through different forums developed by Consortium partners as elsewhere in the community, people have had opportunities to convey and lead by example on how you can get personal results through collaborative learning.

Final project conference

IDIPOWER FINAL CONFERENCE,  July 7th 2016

IDIPOWER final conference was held at the Auditorium of the School of Computing of the Polytechnic University of Valencia on July 7th. This event provided the opportunity for consortium partners & now friends for future, AMICA (Spain, project leader), COPAVA (Spain), CERCIOEIRAS (Portugal), HURT (Croatia), CUDV DRAGA (Slovenia) and IAT (Germany) to present what was done in the past 2 years of project implementation.
Thomas Castillo, president of AMICA, presented the methodological innovation of this project: collaborative learning and interactive online platform as a result of exchange of good practices and knowledge among consortium partners. This will have an impact on ensuring better quality of life and full participation in daily life of the community for persons with disability. Montse Ramos, president of COPAVA gave thanks to project partners who worked on the project as well as he has stated his hope for future European projects.  The AMICA representative presented the project process from its begging, through various meetings of consortium partners in different countries, giving cultural depth to the project, to project activities which gave opportunity to exchange good practices among partners in their own area of expertise. German Institute of Technology presented IDIPOWER online platform, its accessibility and content. Further, there were presentations on independent living by a user of C.O. The Coast Xativa, family participation in managerial bodies and experience in Idipower project by AMICA, socially responsible organisation development by HURT, inclusive sex education video by CERCIOEIRAS, San Luis de Valencia testimony on day center Fonteta, Mavi retirement center and the dream of Juan Carlos work and the restaurant management by persons with disabilities Druga violina by CUDV DRAGA.
Project partners would like to extend their gratitude for collaboration in organization & participation in this event to third sector organizations in the Valencian Community, especially to the Valencian Institute of Social Action, Vice President for Social Responsibility, Cooperation and Sport, Polytechnic University of Valencia and UPV.

 

Project meetings

Gelsenkirchen, Germany June 6th 2016

Final project meeting was held in Gelsenkirchener, Germany on June 6th 2016. The objectives of the meeting in Gelsenkirchen were:
  • To discuss the project activities until this time and to plan in detail next tasks including improvements at the ICT platform.
  • To present partner dissemination activities
  • To prepare the project conference in Valencia
  • To know German support systems for people with disabilities, how they spend their days and how they are helped by learning and working.
The partners visited Gelsenkirchener Werkstätten für angepaßte Arbeit, association whose objectives are to help people with disabilities in every possible circumstance. Association supports person with disability in all areas of life, learning and work during 5 days of the week. In the Gelsenkirchener Werkstätten für angepaßte Arbeit there are about 850 clients who  come every day, to learn and work cooperatively according to their competences and motivation. This is a place where people with disabilities test for the first time what they could and like to do. The second step is that they learn what they want and need to do during the period of two years through different workshops. This is done in cooperation with different companies. Project partners were impressed with the work done.

Project activities

IDIPOWER online platform validation sessions

CUDV Draga
On June 30th CUDV Draga organised validation session for IDIPOWER online platform. There were 19 participants, including people with disabilities, parents and professionals. Trainers presented IDIPOWER E-PLATFORM, it's purpose and structure as well as strategies how to use it. During the session  all participants had opportunity to use it to see its potential, functionality and accessibility.  As the trainer has given different questions to participants, project consortium will be able to improve the IDIPOWER e-platform and make it really useful for persons with disabilities, families and professionals.
All participants were very enthusiastic and interested in IDIPOWER e- platform.  They liked the platform very much, they thought it is well organised with nice design. They found it practical and easy to use, especially for people with disabilities. The biggest advantage of the platform is that is accessible for people with disabilities, their families and professionals. It offers different materials to learn, collaborate with others and share experience. Participants also suggested some important improvements.
We also talked about  sustainability of the IDIPOWER project through CUDV Draga and Slovenia and make the most use of it and the e-platform which is very good tool for learning, changing attitudes, empowering people and enhancing their autonomy.
IDIPOWER online platform validation sessions

HURT
On July 21st HURT - Croatian association of occupational therapists organised validation session for IDIPOWER online platform.  Validation workshop took place in the spaces of the CeDePe - Association for Persons with Cerebral Palsy and Polio. During the validation session, Andrea Matković, presented the project, online platform and guided 20 participants (clients and their families, professionals) in the use of the platform. The primary goal of the validation session was to evaluate the platform by the future users of the platform and see if there are needs for its improvements. 
During the workshop, all participants had the opportunity to check out the platform in maximum of their potential, so after it their provided valuable insights, thoughts and comments on its use.



 

Dissemination activities

The 1st joint COTEC-ENOTHE Congress
Galway, June 15-19

Croatian association of occupational therapists - HURT
European occupational therapists gather every 4 years to exchange good practices, knowledge and skills to facilitate development of occupational therapy profession in Europe. This year in Galway, Ireland, for the 1st time practitioners and educators gathered at the 1st joint COTEC-ENOTHE Congress. Congress was organized by National University of Ireland NUI, Galway in collaboration with Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland - AOTI and the COTEC - Council of Occupational Therapists for the European Countries and ENOTHE - European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education. More the 900 delegates from 45 countries across the world, came together to hear key note addresses from Professor Marion Walker, Professor Jan de Maeseneer, Professor Salvador Simo Algado, Professor Corey Keyes and Professor Mary Law who gave her last international keynote address before retiring.

This event was a great opportunity to share experiences, connect and promote new ideas, so HURT has taken it to present the work consortium partners are making on the IDIPOWER project. Saša Radić, HURT president with extent support from Andrea Matković and Barbara Mišić, presented an importance of ERASMUS+ projects for development of profession, but most importantly collaborative learning as means for the enhancement of quality of services provided for the person as well as for provision of client centered approach facilitating independent daily functioning of an person with disability and their family, community participation and quality of life.

Project was presented and communicated with prof Barbara Piškur, 
Hogeschool Zuyd, Netherlands, Pauline Burke, Chairperson of the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland and other well respected professionals.
IDIPOWER project consortium
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.