Make the pupils aware that they have to open their minds and hearts to those less fortunate, through certain extracurricular educational activities; Prepare pupils for life, which include people with special needs (SN) and change mentalities; Help integrate students and adults with disabilities in their teams – groups and classes, friends, to prevent their social decline; Create a more positive image of handicapped people; Enhance participation of these learners in education, labor market and social life; Exchange and compare good practices regarding handicapped people policy and activities within the EU; Establish an international network of experienced partners; Make the learners aware of the necessity to face handicapped people as normal people in what relationships and social life is concerned; Improve the learners interpersonal communication abilities in both their native language and in the language of communication of the project and increasing the socio-economic, religious and ethnic tolerance and empathy by working in multicultural teams;
Make it possible for the pupils to create and monitor activities with people with SN to make them aware of handicaps and to train them to work with them; Create a pedagogical tool summing up the different activities aimed at people with SN including TIC; Become aware of the situation regarding the disabled in different European countries.
Subjects we intend to address: Need of acceptance of disabled individuals in the school and working life by other people;
Need of development of a positive attitude toward disabled people; The pupils who might work with people with SN in the future do not deal with them regularly, so they don’t know how to behave with them;
Lack of pedagogical tools to work with the disabled-if the tools exist they may not be adapted to the pupils and aren’t easily accessible); Need of strengthen the communication and the cooperation between disabled people and their mates.
Approach: Visit organizations, centers and associations who work daily with people with SN to improve our knowledge concerning the disabled; Visit special education departments of the Universities in partner countries;
Plan meetings with people who work with individuals with SN; Plan meetings with individuals with SN to discover their abilities and their differences; Organize and monitor activities adapted to their needs; Organize in-service training sessions;
Share the different partners‘ experience.