TRAINING PROGRAM FOR IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE OF PERSONS WITH DOWN SYNDROME THROUGH INCLUSIVE LEISURE (DS LEISURE) Erasmus Project

General information for the TRAINING PROGRAM FOR IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE OF PERSONS WITH DOWN SYNDROME THROUGH INCLUSIVE LEISURE (DS LEISURE) Erasmus Project

TRAINING PROGRAM FOR IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE OF PERSONS WITH DOWN SYNDROME THROUGH INCLUSIVE LEISURE (DS LEISURE)  Erasmus Project
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Project Title

TRAINING PROGRAM FOR IMPROVING QUALITY OF LIFE OF PERSONS WITH DOWN SYNDROME THROUGH INCLUSIVE LEISURE (DS LEISURE)

Project Key Action

This project related with these key action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Project Action Type

This project related with this action type : Strategic Partnerships for adult education

Project Call Year

This project’s Call Year is 2017

Project Topics

This project is related with these Project Topics: ICT – new technologies – digital competences; Inclusion – equity; Disabilities – special needs

Project Summary

Down Syndrome (DS) is a chromosomal disorder, occurring at about 1 in 600/1000 birth, worldwide population is about 6 million (www.globaldownsyndrome.org). They usually experience some degree of cognitive disability depending not only on a person health conditions or impairments but also on the extent to which environmental factors support the person’s full participation and inclusion in society.
The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) recognizes the right of persons with disabilities to participate on an equal basis with others in recreational and leisure activities as a crucial factor for inclusion. The time people have outside their productive activities and how they can and choose to spend it, has a significant impact on their subjective notion of well-being, their happiness and their life satisfaction (Quality of life and leisure activities. Social Indicators Research, 102(1), 81-91).
The self-determination theory and Person Centered Planning form the basis from which DS LEISURE training is designed. The focus is on inclusive activities for people with Down syndrome and other intellectual disabilities; trainers and people who have to deal with individuals with intellectual disabilities. DS LEISURE themes are related to the central themes of the UN CRPD: autonomy and full participation. In addition, DS Leisure sees the importance of:
Question sent; what are the wishes and requirements of someone with a disability
Customization; everyone is different, the strength is to find a creative solution for the individual.
Own direction; the experience for growth, self-direction and making contacts are the basis for self-development
The network; a good network of family, neighbours, friends around someone creates more inclusion and possibilities.
Dialogue; this way of working increases self-awareness and ensures that people learn from each other.
DS-LEISURE is launched with the main objective of increasing the competences (attitudes, skills, knowledge) of PDS, professionals working in leisure sector, families of PDS, formal, non-formal caregivers and volunteers, about how to improve Quality of Life of PDS through Inclusive Leisure through an innovative training program.
The specific objectives are:
To raise awareness and motivate the full collective about the importance of Inclusive Leisure for Quality of Life.
To increase the autonomy of PDS for taking decisions about their leisure time with a global Wellbeing and QoL approach.
To transfer knowledge and guidelines about how to implement Inclusive Leisure among PDS.
To transfer knowledge and guidelines about to exploit ICT Tools (Apps and/ATs) for supporting inclusive leisure for PDS.
Thanks to DS LEISURE training, targets can plan their personal leisure time and can participate in various leisure activities. It consists of 5 lessons provided by trainers or supervisors. The content is designed around: What is leisure time; What possibilities are there; What appeals to me; Create personal leisure plan and action plan; Presenting personal leisure time plan and action plan.
The DS LEISURE training materials have been validated in four stages, with direct participation of people with Down syndrome, their network and professional of leisure environments. It started with 108 participants in co-creation working sessions and reached 193 participants in experiential training activities.
On the DS LEISURE website: https://www.dsleisure.eu/ visitors can find the training materials organised in 3 categories: Compendious – general information about the project and training; Learners where the Workbook and evaluation form are presented; and Trainers where 5 guides and afferent evaluation forms in supporting this training are presented. All the training materials are downloadable for free. An e-Training Platform was developed for supporting the implementation of Training Materials and Experiential Training Activities by exploiting ICT tools for boosting the autonomy of PDS. It is an integral part of the project website and can be accessed through a direct link from the Home page of the website, or directly accessing the following link: http://learn.dsleisure.eu/
The e-Training process is based on 5 lessons, which include Training Material, Games and Virtual Scenarios regarding the leisure activities. All of the above are available in English, Romanian, Greek, Italian, Dutch and Turkish.
In DS LEISURE training more than 120 people with intellectual disabilities experinced 15 leisure environments training their competences: Self-awareness; Social skills; Assertiveness; Creativity and resolving power; Presentation skills; Request help and use the network; Ability to make choices; Communication; Orientation.
564.449 participants indirectly addressed by the dissemination activities: website, social media, awareness presentations in the associations, conferences, seminars, workshops, on-line and paper publications, advertising products.

EU Grant (Eur)

Funding of the project from EU: 219782 Eur

Project Coordinator

Asociatia Langdon Down Oltenia Centrul Educational Teodora & Country: RO

Project Partners

  • Down Sendromu Dernegi
  • ARISTOTELIO PANEPISTIMIO THESSALONIKIS
  • UNIVERSITATEA DIN CRAIOVA
  • Associazione italiana persone down onlus
  • Stichting Downkidsinternational