The first meeting of the DisAbuse project took place today at Fondazione Mond
DisAbuse is a 2 year project that is part of the Erasmus Plus Programme, Key Action 2 “Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices” involving 5 partners from 4 European countries:
Dublin City University &
Institute of Art, Design and Technology
Fondazione Mondo Digitale
ICSTE-IUL, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
AND From Spain
UM-The University of Murcia, Spain
DisAbuse wants to help tackle disablist bullying by learning from the experiences of both young people and adults with Special Educational Needs with Disabilities (SEN/D).
You are a person with special educational needs with disabilities if your ability to take part in and benefit from education or work is limited because of a physical, sensory, mental health, learning or intellectual disability. In this project, we are going to be working with young people over the age of 15 and adults.
Having an intellectual disability means that it takes you longer to learn and do everyday things. Some people have mild intellectual disabilities and some people have moderate or severe intellectual disabilities. The more severe the intellectual disability, the less able you are and the more support you need to live your life. People with intellectual disabilities can also have a physical or sensory or mental health disability.
DisAbuse will create a support module, hosted on this website, which will be available to both people with SEN/D, and those who educate or work with them.
The first thing that we will do is to find out about what the research says about disablist bullying and people with Special Educational Needs with Disabilities (SEN/D)
We will use what we find out to educate people about the right kind of supports needed to stop disablist bullying from happening.
This will help to empower these young people and adults, support services and teachers to take charge around the issue of disablist bullying and to stop it from happening.
As part of this project, we will create interactive learning materials online. These will be on the DisAbuse website.
These materials will be available to people with SEN/D, their families, trainers, teachers, and whoever would like to learn more.
These interactive materials will teach people about bullying and their right to learn and keep safe from it.
This will help those who are bullied to be confident and feel that they are important valued citizens who want to live a good life as equal and valued members of their community.
This project will support and educate, teachers and trainers in promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion.
It will do this by learning through educational institutions and wider society.
We hope to get a deep understanding and work with young people and adults with SEN/D by delivering training with supportive online interactive educational materials via the Disabuse Website.
To achieve all this work, the partner countries will work together as a team to combine research, best practice with modern teaching approaches, such as eLearning, partner learning, peer learning.
These teaching approaches will also use the Internet and multi-media recourses to help young people and adults with SEN/D to understand bullying in all its forms. This project will also create these multi-media recourses.
When the project is finished, everybody will be able to use and learn from the interactive multi-media that the project created via the Internet.
This will all help to achieve the aim of the project to create an EU wide course and interactive tool for the prevention and dealing with bullying, aimed at young people and adults with SEN/D and teachers and professional trainers.