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Tuesday, 23 July 2024

Erasmus E-Profid project collaborators meet in Italy

THIS September Diagrama Foundation met with organisations from Italy, Belgium, and Spain at the University of Salerno in Italy to progress their €80,000 E-Profid project funded by the European Union Erasmus Plus Programme.

This was the third time the project partners had met to assess how their project was developing and to participate in a mix of lectures, discussions and practical exercises that ensured all the attendees had the opportunity to fully engage with the training and explore and share their views.

The E-Profid project is built on a foundation of innovation and transfer of good practice with the organisations working together to design tools and methods to change the public’s perception, by promoting ability, rather than accepting disability. The training for the project members was focused on ‘professional identity and digital communication tools’, the basis of the E-Profid Erasmus project. 

Over the five days, the training explored:

  • The barriers that stop people with disabilities from taking part in work, social and political institutions.
  • The history and evolution of social policies and legislation that promote and protect the rights of people with disabilities.
  • The difference between ‘equality’ and ‘equity’ – promoting truly fair access to opportunities for everyone, taking into consideration their individual needs and abilities. 
  • Professional identity – and what it means for staff working to support people with disabilities. 
  • Working with people with disabilities – resources, strategies, limits.

Helen Dean, Head of Projects & Business Development, Diagrama Foundation said:

“The training took place at the modern and friendly Medical School campus of the University of Salerno, in the town of Baronissi. The agenda allowed us to share learning and experience with people from Italy, Belgium and Spain, opened our eyes to different ways of supporting people with learning disabilities and gave us important time to reflect on our own practices. The training will help Diagrama staff think about how they can support the people we work with who have disabilities, to gain the work and volunteering opportunities they want to pursue in their life.”

In the final stage of the E-Profid project, representatives from Belgium, Italy and Spain will meet in Kent in December when the group will agree the project recommendations to change perceptions of disability and work towards integrating everyone into the community, irrespective of their ability. 

To find out more about the E-Profid project, please visit: www.diagramafoundation.org.uk/european-projects.


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