The ESIPP project was established to develop a locally appropriate Parent Education Programme (PEP) or families living with autism in three south-east European countries (Croatia, Cyprus and the FYR of Macedonia). The project is led by the University of Northampton and includes eight other partner organisations from across Europe.
ESIPP materials are based on identified autism good practice and are intended to be adaptable to other settings beyond these three countries. The materials are provided in four languages (Croatian, English, Greek and Macedonian) and trainer notes have been developed by the training teams to support adaptation. As well as within the project’s target countries, ESIPP partners have already used the materials to deliver parent education in e.g. India and the United Kingdom.
The Early aTTention for the inclusion of children on the autism spectrum in Early Childhood Education and Care systems (ETTECEC) project focuses on offering education and training for pre-school teachers to reduce disparities and foster inclusion.
The project will deliver a pilot of the training for 18 pre-school teachers from 5 schools (from Slovenia, the Czech Republic and Spain), who will then use their newly-acquired competences in a classroom setting. A total of 270 children will therefore be involved in inclusive education methods.
Thanks to dissemination actions, ETTECEC expects at least 10 more schools/organisations to use the project’s results, and to have 400 benefiting children by 2020.
The main objective of AMUSE project was to provide resources, knowledge about the best practice, and research to support this particular modality of schooling which is highly strategic and has policy implications for the effective inclusion of students with ASD. Other complementary objectives were learning from students with ASD from the four participating school, visiting each other to learn good practices and to transfer knowledge between the 8 participants organisations of the three countries involved.
The Transform Autism Education (TAE) project focused on the domain of ‘good autism practice’ in the education of pupils with autism in the UK, Greece and Italy with the overall objectives to i) research good autism practice in education; ii) create professional development programmes in Greece and Italy; iii) enhance the knowledge and practice of school staff and iv) facilitate the inclusion of autistic children in primary schools in those countries.
Inclusion of people on the autism spectrum in Europe. Towards a specialised training model for professionals
The main aim of the project is to develop a basic training of reference for all professionals working with people on the autism spectrum – independently of their area of knowledge – which responds to the aforementioned gaps, the demands of the society in general and of this group of population and their families
Train the Trainers
The project aims to improve the situation in education and develop an innovative program of training for professionals working with adults with ASD as well as prepare innovative tools and methods of sharing knowledge among this professionals. The project is planned due to the lack of lifelong learning for adults with ASD in many countries, particularly in post-communist countries.
Innovative Academic Course on Integrative Interventions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
In some UE countries, the number of ASD exclusively dedicated courses in universities is reduced or missing completely. The project there are four universities that will jointly develop a five-dimensional (Assessment-Therapy-Educational-Family-Advocacy) innovative course on ASD for to the future professionals in the field.