On the 4th December 2020 the LINC life project closing conference was hosted by EPR online. The aim was to show-case the end result of a 3-year project involving the development of a set of modules to assist people with intellectual disabilities to engage in independent living, with EPR members GTB and Theotokos among the partners.
The meeting was started by Marthese Mugliette, President of the Malta Federation of Organisations Persons with Disability who talked through the process of the modules development which has involved partnerships between 6 countries. She highlighted challenges encountered and how the modules require the person with intellectual disabilities to have opportunities within everyday context to practice learning acquired.
The development process involved identifying what existed already and what could make it better and involved consultation and evaluation with service users.
During the seminar there was input from Brian Schembri discussing the importance of the Erasmus plus programme and he drew our attention to the fact that next year is the beginning of another programming period which has a larger budget to work with.
Each partner at the event presented their services in brief and emphasised the topic of empowerment and a central aspect. Breakout rooms were used to facilitate participants learning on the two modules of employment and leisure from the training program. The modules use symbols, practical tasks and each module has varying levels depending on the users’ needs and abilities, as well as different versions such as easy to read.
Milan Sverepa from Inclusion Europe gave us his feedback on the training highlighting how anything that supports people with intellectual disabilities into employment is very much welcomed. He congratulated the project partners on how the tools focus on learning in context and is supportive of people with intellectual disabilities across sectors.
Discover more about the project and discover the training modules for use here https://www.mfopd.org/linc-life