România: Asociatia Suntem Diferiti (ASD)
Association "We are different" is a small and young nonprofit organization (founded in 2013) which purpose is to promote the specific values of inclusive societies. Our association activity answers the needs of language education and development, speech language therapy and psychomotor therapy identified at children with special education needs and of guidance and support for their families and to educators who work with they. Our activity addresses the identified needs through specific intervention from specialist and active implication from parents. Both children and parents of children with special educative needs require permanently these services which can significantly improve the quality of their life.
• Prevention and fighting the factors which generate disadvantaging, marginalization and social exclusion of people with special educational needs and their families by providing educational, therapeutic, social and support services.
• Promotes the respect for human dignity and universal human rights, excluding all forms of discrimination.
• Making the community aware and sensitive about the diversity specific to an inclusive society.
• Defending and promoting the fundamental human rights and reinforcing the principle of auto determination.
• Sustaining and promoting the development of organizations, institutions and human resources which provide services of social, educational and psycho-pedagogic assistance or support and counseling services for people with special educational needs and their families, and have as final purpose ensuring the quality of services.
• Promoting high standards of competence and professional ethics within the specialists who work with people with special educational needs and their families.
• Facilitate the access of experts, educators and parents to different forms of training (lifelong learning) to better respond to the needs of children with special educational needs.
• Sustaining the experience changes by organizing national and international scientifically and professionally actions.
- Speech education and speech language therapy education services provided to children with special educational needs (mainly with autism but also with other disorders).
- Social services of education and psychomotor therapy offered to children with special educational needs.
- Counseling and support services provided to educators who work with children with special education needs and to families who have children with special educative needs.
Italy: Progetto Crescere Soc. Coop. Soc. (PC)
PROGETTO CRESCERE (PC)’s a SOCIAL COOPERATIVE (no-profit organization), founded as union between two Social Cooperatives L’Arcobaleno Servizi and Centro Mazzaperlini, both founded in 1994, with the aim to develop the inclusion of children/students with learning disabilities(dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia) and other neurological disorder.
PC has 2 diagnostic/rehabilitation centers with a formal authorizations, that include the implementation of a Quality System in work’s processes (Aut. Sanit. 73/2010 e 77/2010 Comune di Reggio Emilia).
PC is a "Centro di servizio e consulenza per le istituzioni scolastiche dell’Emilia Romagna riconosciuti per l’a.s. 2015/2016 n. 7012 del 08.06.2015 Regione Emilia-Romagna (a certification to work with schools).
Areas of specific expertise are:
• Research; prevention diagnosis and treatment of learning disabilities, neurological disorders, disadvantages and other diseases. Psychological services. (TARGET: children, adolescents, adults. Costs are in part covered thanks to an agreement with National Health Service.);
• To develop innovative tools to support teaching/learning processes;
• To support parents with children and teenagers with disabilities and give them new competences (ICT, social skills, communication skills, etc.);
• To support teaching staff from and to improve their competences;
Guidance services in school
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• To develop training courses for adults at local and European level to develop new competences (organizes KA1 training courses);
• To use active learning methods
• To support families, in particular in parenthood and in the relationships with schools and other educational institutions.
The team is composed from 53 people: director, services’ managers (5), administrative figures (4) and other figures (43- Doctors in Neuropsychiatry, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, speech therapists, Educators,Psychomotricists,Trainers. 90 % are women between 25 e i 48.
PC is part of a Local Consorzio of social cooperatives that provide health, social or educational services (in particular to children, elderly and disabled people) and integrate disadvantaged people into the labour market.
Northern Ireland: Early Years
Early Years – the organisation for young children is the largest organisation in Northern Ireland working to promote high quality early years care and education for children aged 0-12 and their families. It was established in 1965, and is a membership-based organisation, a registered charity, a company limited by guarantee and is governed by a Board of Directors.
The mission of the organisation is to promote and develop high quality, evidence-informed early childhood services for young children, their families and communities.
The vision of the organisation is that young children are: strong, competent and visible in their communities; eager and able to learn; physically and emotionally healthy; respectful of difference.
Early Years Support Services – a team of Early Years Specialists provides support and advice to early years settings on an individual, group or peer network basis. This includes support, advice and
mentoring in specific special and additional needs of young children. The team assists providers in assessing their needs through self-evaluation programmes, planning, implementing and managing all
aspects of high quality service provision in early years care and education in order to achieve positive outcomes for children in their early years.
Training – Early Years delivers a wide range of in-service programmes that continue our drive to improve practice by applying an appropriate play based curriculum. Our training is for member groups, parents, all adults working with young children in pre-school settings, daycares, SureStart, nursery and foundation stage and management committees .and other professionals in the sector.
This training is supported by a range of resources, including in-house publications and others.
Early Years has developed bespoke training courses on Special Educational Needs and Inclusion throughout NI and ROI to meet the needs of practitioners.
Greece: Eastern Macedonia - Thrace Regional Directorate for Primary and Secondary Education (EM-TH RDE)
Eastern Macedonia - Thrace Regional Directory for Primary and Secondary Education, Greece (RDE-EMTh), is a decentralized regional administrative structure of the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs, located in Komotini.
RDE-EMTh co-ordinates the operation of primary and secondary education in five counties/regional unities: Evros, Rodopi, Xanthi, Kavala and Drama. RDE-EMTh has a functional administration structure: The Regional Director, 2 Senior Supervisors (for Primary and Secondary education), 1 Senior Supervisor for administrative, personnel and economic issues, 1 supervisor for administration, 1 supernisor for economic issues, 7 administrative officials and 14 teachers (transferred for 1 school year). RDE-EMTh co-ordinates 42 primary and secondary school consultants who have local offices.
The aim of RDE-EMTh is to disseminate the vision, the educational policy and the strategic/functional goals of the Ministry of Education to its region.
More specifically, RDE-EMTh:
-manages, controls, co-ordinates the educational and administrative operation of 933 primary and secondary schools and other educational structures (5 Environmental Education Centres, 2 Regional Training Centers, 5 Differentiation and diagnostic Centers (KEDDY) for special educational needs of students with disabilities and special educational needs, 5 Laboratory Centers for Physical Sciences (L.C.P.S.) in the region.
-is responsible for the allocation of human resources
-directs, co-ordinates and monitors school consultants
-is responsible for in-service training and teacher development
-conducts educational research
-collaborate with major stakeholders for innovation in the field of education
-organizes educational meetings, day events and conferences