PASSION FOR INCLUSION

Teachers hosted in Palermo for training on sexual education and disability

 

From 24th and 28th October, CEIPES hosted support teachers, communication assistants and educators from Germany, Turkey, Romania and Italy for the first Training Activity of the Passion for Inclusion project.

The competences of the project partners, ARSU Academy for Lifelong Learning and Development Germany e.V. (Germany), Kapadokya Egitim ve Arastirma Dernegi (Turkey), SCPSIHOFORWORLD (Romania) and CEIPES, made it possible to create content useful for professionals both in training with young people with intellectual disabilities and in dialogue with their caregivers.

The first topic dealt with was how to talk to children with intellectual disabilities, in order to create a basic knowledge that allowed them to build a personal communication strategy on other topics as well. Social stories, simple videos, clear but explanatory conversations – these were the suggestions given to the participants to improve communication with this particular target group.

Subsequently, the focus was on how to help young people with intellectual disabilities develop autonomy related to their personal hygiene: emphasize health risks, explain in a simple way the existence of germs and bacteria and create a routine that both fun and easy to memorize are the first steps in making the self-care process autonomous.

Similar and more general information, useful advice on how to develop communication activities with children with intellectual disabilities but also with the class group in general, were followed by more specific topics such as fun activities to fight stereotypes and prejudices, key notions on which to train pupils on gender issues, the LGBTQIA + community and dealing with a case of sexual abuse in their class.

All participants showed great enthusiasm for the information they learned and the way the topics were presented. The training ended with a final visit to A.V.O.F.I.D., a local association that deals with people with intellectual disabilities, which allowed for a stimulating exchange of ideas and proved to be a great opportunity to exchange good practices, allowing all participants to get rich not only theoretically but also humanly.

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