INTEGRAeu kickoff meeting: promoting employment, inclusion and entrepreneurship of functionally diverse europeans through ICT
"INTEGRA EN RED EUROPA for employment and entrepreneurship (INTEGRAeu)" is a european programme focused on improving the employability, entrepreneurship, inclusion and equality of adults with mild intellectual disabilities. These goals are to be achieved through the group’s participation in an e-Learning platform and other non-formal training activities, related to the different forms of employment. At the same time, beneficiaries will learn about the socio-labor pathways of inclusion, from an innovative perspective.
The project arises from a programme of the Spanish NGO Fundación Cibervoluntarios, called Integra en Red, successfully developed nationally for years and focused on training people with functional diversity in ICT tools and skills for employment and entrepreneurship. Among INTEGRAeu’s objectives is to raise awareness about the difficulties of access to employment for people with mild intellectual disabilities and the role that ICT can play in overcoming this reality.
The consortium is made up of 5 organizations from Spain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Austria and Romania, with experience in working with people with mild intellectual disabilities and in developing projects focused on them and focused on training and the creation of educational resources. These are the partner organizations:
According to EUROSTAT, only 48,1% of people with functional diversity are employed in Europe, as opposed to 73.9% for the general population. This indicates that there is room for improvement for the inclusion of these collective in the labour market. To that end, the consortium has planned the creation of a new pedagogical methodology adapted to this reality and the development of an e-Learning platform with open educational resources created for mixed training (online and offline), which will be tested locally through training activities.
The population targets of INTEGRAeu are:
- Adults with mild intellectual disabilities in Europe.
- Organizations and entities whose beneficiaries are people with mild intellectual disabilities.
- Workers and volunteers who work day by day with people with mild intellectual disabilities.
- Researchers interested in the project.
- Public administrations and policy makers.