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Eskisehir Governorship

Eskisehir Governorship is a local public body authorized to monitor, coordinate, and cooperate with all the non-profit organizations and institutions including provincial directorates of - education, - immigration, - family, labour and social services, - youth and sports, - forestry and water affairs, - culture and tourism, - health and civil society organizations in the city. European and External Relations Office of Eskisehir Governorship is responsible for providing information about programmes to conduct projects. The EU and External Office of Governorship cooperates with local and international organisations to conduct Erasmus+ projects. The activity areas: • To guide public institutions, non governmental organisations, district governors, universities, vocational institutions, development agencies volunteer to conduct projects and to provide cooperation to benefit from the grant schemes which foster the social and financial development of the city; • To conduct dissemination activities about Erasmus+ programmes; to create awareness among beneficiaries; • To provide coordination among project teams in public institutions, universities and municipalities in the city; • To organise training and workshops about planning and management procedures of Erasmus+ projects; The governorship provides assistance to the organizations, helps them to find partners for suitable projects and participate in projects. Eskisehir governorship deals with social inclusion of disadvantaged groups, increasing the quality of education and care, removing barriers to access to all areas and employment studies. The governorship considers about the individuals with intellectual disabilities; seeks for a solution about families' concerns. The governorship works in line with their demands on participation in social and economic life and equal access to human rights. - "Social Cooperatives Training for Families of Individuals with Intellectual Disability" - "Employment of Individuals with Intellectual Disability in Sheltered Workplaces" are activities of the Governorship for this purpose.

Eskisehir Provincial Directorate of National Education

Eskisehir Provincial Directorate of National Education serves with 168 staff including 1 Provincial Director and 14 Directors of District National Education; it reaches 131,373 students through formal education and 60,000 adults through non-formal education. We, as staff of Eskisehir Provincial Directorate of National Education, aim to increase the quality and dynamism of education through regional, national and international projects. Our institution works with society and organizes many activities such as symposiums, exhibitions, learning festivals, parenting education, in-service trainings, chorus and concerts as part of non-formal education activities. Education services are organized according to the needs of society and everyone could benefit with equal opportunity. The strategy paper and the action plan of the General Directorate of Lifelong Learning of the Ministry of National Education include supporting the access of disadvantaged groups to education. Lifelong learning has a significant role in improving the knowledge, skills and abilities of individuals who are in or out of formal education. For this reason, increasing access to lifelong learning opportunities of the disadvantaged including the elderly, disabled, women and children is among main priorities. Accordingly, lifelong learning database (LLL web portal) has been established. The database contains information about lifelong learning activities. It also includes learning and employment opportunities within the Ministry of National Education (MoNE) and Labour and Employment Agency of Turkey (ISKUR). Lifelong learning includes all kinds of learning activities in which individuals have participated during their life to improve knowledge and skills. Lifelong learning is not limited to schools and could occur in every aspect of life including home and work. It shows that learning could continue regardless of age, social and economic status, education level. Being a role model in our country by offering pioneering work in line with EU standards, presenting innovative and continuous approaches to education and learning is one of our priorities. We also provide education to everyone at anytime and anywhere, with the aim of preparing happy individuals to life. 9 experts working in research & development (R&D) department of Eskisehir Provincial Directorate of National Education have experience, knowledge and competence in project management. We produce, manage and monitor projects in local, regional, national and international areas and these projects are compatible with the needs of the region. We also provide guidance for projects and work for training needs analysis. Every year, we provide consultancy services on Erasmus+ programs to our institutions, teachers, non-governmental organizations and students. We have Erasmus + projects which have been accepted and we have successfully implemented. The key staff has project experience and has managed many national and international projects. The key staff who prepared the Provincial Action Plan for Lifelong Learning in "Developing Life Learning" project is also an expert in Project Cycle Management and EU Projects.

Anadolu University

Anadolu University (AU) is an institution, promoting universal higher education values and blazing trails in the Turkish higher education with its 16 faculties (3 of which offer distance education), 4 applied schools, 4 vocational schools, 9 graduate schools, 25 research centers, and 15 research, development and application units. The successful launch of the distance education system ranks at the top of innovative initiatives of Anadolu University. Today the total number of students in three faculties offering distance education is over one million. This system has been taken as a model by many countries. AU strives to prepare its students to be the best in their field of study in creative, dynamic and interactive settings owing to academic staff, each exerting to be the best in their field and devoting all their time to students in the academic units equipped with the latest technology. Students have access to all sorts of facilities in safe and modern campuses of the University. The Special Education Teacher Training programme in AU was founded in 1983. This programme has been carried out at the Faculty of Education in the Department of Special Education since 1989. The department provides undergraduate education in the Programme in Education of the Intellectually Disabled and Programme in Education of the Hearing Impaired. In addition, our department offers master’s programmes in the areas of Education of the Intellectually Disabled, Education of the Hearing Impaired, Education of Gifted Children, Special Education in Early Childhood and Education of Children with Developmental Disabilities (Evening Programme-Distance Education). The department also provides doctoral programs in the areas of Education of the Intellectually Disabled, Education of the Hearing Impaired, and Education of Gifted Children. At the Institute for Social Sciences, the master’s program of Applied Behavior Analysis is also delivered. Special Education teachers who graduate from the Department of Special Education are employed in public or private special education institutions that are affiliated to the Ministry of Education in Turkey. In the department, there are six professors, two associate professors, 11 assistant professors, six lecturers and 30 research assistants.

Down Syndrome Association

Down Syndrome Association in Turkey has been established to develop and implement projects; - that enable and support individuals with Down syndrome to lead happy, healthy, independent, productive lives which are fully integrated into the community, - that empower the families and their community, - that expand the perception of disability in the society, and - to follow the Down syndrome related researches in the international arena to ensure the implementation of counseling, research and application center which will work on projects, - to lead the society towards further development and, - create awareness in society about people with Down syndrome. We have 6 branches in different cities and we have been tracking by almost 35.000 people in Turkey. The association focuses on: a) Family support of the person with DS from the diagnosis throughout the life span; b) Health: The association was the consultant to the first DS health clinic in Turkey; c) Education: We support both parents and educators through trainings, individual consultancy and publishing reference books. We published book about DS in different subjects like communication, babies with Ds, boundaries and sexual development, physiotherapy etc. We organized more than 80 seminars in all Turkey about different areas of Down syndrome (Health, Education, Legal rights, social integration etc.) d) Integration to the society by providing independent living skills courses for people with DS. We opened and Career and Autonomy Academy in October 2014. Young people with DS have been training about using public transport, using money, relationships, using public services, making organizations, travelling alone etc. e) Job coaching in order enable the individuals with DS to become productive members of the society by job coach supported employment program. We have been managing job choaching activities since 2012. We have made 81 job placements in 29 different companies, in 14 different cities. f) International networking: We are the board member of European DS Association and national representative member to the DSI, T21RS, DSMIG, WASE. g) Awareness projects The association has established a commercial enterprise with the name of "Economical Enterprise of The Association of Down Syndrome". There are three people employed full time in the commercial enterprise and six people in the association along with several volunteers.

Italia - The Association Study Center City of Foligno

The Association Study Center City of Foligno (CSF) is a training agency active since 2000 within the Municipality of Foligno. The Association is a no-profit public organization funded by the Municipality of Foligno, the Province of Perugia, the Umbria Region, the University of Perugia and the local bank Foundation. We have worked with and for different target groups, always starting from the assumption that an high-quality education and training are fundamental to the individual’s fulfilment. From our perspective, "Education for all" deals with the realization of training courses and other formative interventions addressed to disadvantaged groups. Unemployment, handicap, gender and racial discrimination, from one side, have been dismantled with adaptability, guidance and social inclusion, from the other side. Our main activity is the constant research of local, national and community funds, for two main reasons: 1) Answer to the needs and problems of people who live in Foligno and in the surrounding areas 2) Connect people with a wider educational and working context, with the aim to favor an intercultural comparison and dialogue for the development of the person and of the society in general. We constantly try to deepen a real transnational cooperation in the field of adult education, to increase awareness of European cooperation and opportunities and help young adults in finding their role in the everyday life. Since the year 2010, we are conducting several LLP projects (within the Grundtvig actions) which refer to elders in different fields. •CAFE in Europe - Civic Awareness For Elders in Europe •VINTAGE (Valorisation of INnovative Technologies for AGing in Europe) •Senior Herbalist •CINAGE project (Cinema for Active Ageing) In 2014 we have started working on some key EU Projects, under the framework of Erasmus+ Program, KA2: •GENERATION 0101 •TEACHER 2020 •SUSTAINABLE ENERGY MANAGEMENT @ SCHOOLS IN EUROPE •NEET YOU •REFUGEES IN •EUCKEM II •CiProVoT – Civil Protection Volunteers Training •Open-AE – Promote Open Source Techonologies in non-formal Adult Education •DevOps - Competences for Smart Cities As far as Erasmus+ KA3 is concerned, the following are the EU-funded projects CSF has been involved in, as partner or leader: •PROFARM -PROfessional and personal empowerment om social FARMing: The main objective of the PROFARM project is to experiment a model that can contribute to the well-being, professional/personal growth and the social integration of VET students with disabilities in the field of agricultural production. The final aim is to reshape horizontal integration through individuals with disabilities, their families, schools, social-health services and private partnerships, to facilitate the employment and social inclusion of young disabled persons through Social Farming (SF). More in detail, the project has focused on identifying cross-policy synergies and multi-professional partnerships to ensure integrated services in favour of the user/student as a person.

Austria - Die Querdenker

Die Querdenker is a private company. Although we are a private business we are steered as a social firm and we are member of CEFEC (European network for social firms). 35 people are employed and our headquarter is at Humboldtstraße 40, 4020 Linz. Our main activities are 1. Vocational orientation, rehabilitation and integration In this field, we are offering services to vulnerable groups (people with migration background, longterm unemployed juveniles and adults, people with disabilities of all kinds, women coming back from their maternity leave and excluded people in general) to support their process of integration. We are offering counselling services and also jobs on the regular labour market. 2. Housing At the moment, we are running three houses for people with mainly psychiatric disabilities coming from psychiatric hospitals or forensic institutions. In these houses we are supporting our beneficiaries in assisting them in their daily challenges. Offering daily structure and a sense of normal common life and being part of a big family. Supporting their treatment and therapy. 3. Training In the frame of our Network Akademie we are offering many trainings and seminars for social paedagogues, social workers, psychologists and for people working in the social field in general. The contents of this training are all kind of competences needed to master the challenges in social paedagogic handling. But also we are offering trainings for vulnerable groups to enable the step into the labour market. 4. Social economic employment For people with all kinds of disabilities we are offering low-threshold jobs. At the moment, we have about 35 jobs in the fields of industrial assembling, cleaning, farming and gardening and renovation. We are offering following services: National: Supervision, coaching, organizational and project development; We support teams, groups and organizations in reflecting and improving their professional and voluntary work. We coach people and organizations in the process of change and development. We support the clients in developing visions, discovering their personal resources & potentials and realizing individual solutions. Organizational development improves company structures and processes both internal and external. We aim for the maximum satisfaction of organizations, customers and employees. International: Social trade; Since Die Querdenker is a Social Firm and member of CEFEC, a part of our portfolio deals with the support of individuals and organizations in founding and setting up Social Firms. Our actions are based on the idea and philosophical approach of Prof. Frithjof Bergmann, the founder of the “new work – new culture” movement. Academy; We live in a fast moving society where knowledge needs to be expanded constantly. Education doesn’t end by leaving school, it is a lifelong process. The Querdenker Academy offers further education in terms of seminars and workshops on topics like culture, software, social themes, leisure activities, soft skills, work and occupational integration.

Spain - INTRAS

INTRAS is a non-profit organisation founded in 1994 dedicated to high quality research and intervention in the mental health field. The organisation nowadays consists of 11 centres in 7 different provinces in Spain with more than 200 psychiatrists, psychologists and professionals from social and economic fields carrying out research, training and clinical practice. The main target group of INTRAS consists of people suffering from mental disorders, whereby the organisation also performs activities and offers services to the disabled, the elderly and people at risk of social exclusion in general. The development of our services and programmes is based on the “Recovery approach”, thus empowering the users to live a self-determined and self-confident life through reflecting their potential wishes and providing them with vocational training and employability programmes accordingly. We develop activities and offer different services for our target groups such as psychosocial and labour rehabilitation programmes, occupational and vocational training, pre-labour workshops, counselling and professional guidance/coaching, social employment, etc. The main aim of our work is to achieve an own life project with an appropriate level of quality of life, despite that some symptoms of the mental illness may persist. For that, we pay special attention and listen to the voice of our target groups demanding new programs and activities, in order to provide services taking into account the possibilities of each person and providing people with resources to empower them to be protagonist of their recovery process and thus of their own life. The last step of Recovery process is employment, either through getting a job in a social firm or in a standard enterprise. Because of applying Recovery approach, some of our users are now leading a musical band, others have launched a catering social firm, some others have a job selling and maintaining ebikes, others work in the field of gardening and horticulture, etc. Aiming to promote labour inclusion of our target groups, INTRAS has created in 1999 a social enterprise that is currently managed by people with mental health problems. From its inception until now, it has developed different business lines: handcraft, cleaning services, catering, gardening, bakery, social tourism… among others. Furthermore, we are coordinating the national network ADECEM, which gathers 24 social enterprises in the country targeting people suffering from intellectual disabilities. INTRAS also manages vocational training programmes specially addressed to young people with mental health problems, learning difficulties and/or behavioural disorders. These programmes are funded by the Ministry of Education and thus following the official educational curriculum but including some adaptations depending on the level of the students learning difficulties. Moreover, we offer professional guidance and counselling to our youth, and we cooperate with a number of enterprises that provide practical training to our students in order to complete the theoretical part of the curriculum. Besides vocational training we develop non-formal educational activities such as artistic workshops (paining, graffiti, handcrafts.), ICT workshops (computering design, digital photography, blogging, radio online, podcast...), youth exchanges, and programmes based on sport and outdoor activities aiming to promote healthy life style. A substantial and diverse team of pedagogues, psychopedagogues, teachers and educators, social and youth workers, with vast experience in special needs education, is involved in formal and non-formal educational programmes, helping the disabled youth to participate in their everyday realities as equal members. Years of professional work have brought INTRAS solid experience and excellent referential background both in the field of European projects and in the development of innovative actions for psychosocial and labour rehabilitation of people with mental illness. It has broad experience in cooperating at international level, not only by participating at EU projects (more than 25 developed in the last 5 years), but also been active members of relevant networks in the field of disability such as European Platform for Rehabilitation (EPR) and Mental Health Europe (MHE). INTRAS represented the Spanish Focal Point for the network Mental Health Europe during the years 2010-2011. INTRAS is the only organisation in the region working in the field of mental health that has received the EFQM certificate (European Foundation for Quality Management) for business excellence (bronze seal 400+). Since 2011, INTRAS holds a European Excellency Seal +400.