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EU Project: Train-ASD– Training Educational Personnel on Communication systems and Teaching Approaches for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (2018-2020)

Running from October 2018 to September 2020, the project is funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus + Programme. The strategic partnership’s objective is to exchange know-how to develop a large-scale training programme on the use of alternative communication systems for autistic children in the countries involved in the project.

Partners come from various backgrounds – both national and cultural – and have a wide set of skills. The project coordinator, the University of Macedonia (Greece) will work closely with all the other partners the University of Bucharest (Romania); the Greek Scientific Foundation of Special Education (GREFSE); a company specialized in Computer Assisted Learning INTE*LEARN (Greece) and Autism-Europe (Belgium).

More specifically, the objectives of the Train-ASD include:

  • Provide better quality training for the target groups;
  • Facilitate and support professionals in refreshing their skills and validating procedures acquired from practice;
  • Identify knowledge and practice gaps through comprehensive training needs analyses;
  • Develop and e-training curriculum as a result of cooperation between Greece, Romania and Belgium based on the results of the training needs analyses;
  • Develop an e-platform, accessible from any portable device to host the educational modules and develop a community of inquire.

Autism-Europe takes lead on the Dissemination and Exploitation Workpackage, apart from taking responsibility for two national events to be held in Belgium in 2019 and 2020.

About the Erasmus+ Programme

Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad.