FINAL “AUTO“ PROJECT MEETING
On the 8th– 9thof October the employees of VšĮ EDUKACINIAI PROJEKTAI Gintarė Černikienė and Edita Mintautytė participated in the last meeting of the project AUTO – AUtistic adults Training for new Opportunities – in Carrara (Italy).
On the first day of the meeting partners discussed the achieved results, the created HANDBOOK related to the integration of people with autism spectrum disorder into labour market and Best Practice Manual.
Partners were also satisfied with the results of the pilot training in each of the five participating countries. Although the results in each country were quite different but they were really positive. Some high functioning autists from Italy, United Kingdom and Austria had possibility to gain working skills. They worked in canteens, department stores, flower shops, etc. One participant from Italy obtained a permanent job in the field of graphics design.
On the second day of the meeting the final conference was held. More than 100 people gathered. Representatives from partner organisations delivered presentations on supporting autistic people on the job market, counselling, experiences of enterprises which hosted the job training of autistic people, etc.
The event was a real success and partners hope to continue their work together.
On 30th of June VšĮ EDUKACINIAI PROJEKTAI organised a local dissemination workshop within the project AUTO –Autistic adults Training for new Opportunities.
The aim of the workshop was to make stakeholders aware about the project AUTO aims and results in order to have their feedback and guarantee project sustainability. 20 participants have gathered from different organisations: specialists from day centres, social services centre, NGOs, mothers whose autistic children attend day centre.
At first, social programmes coordinator Gintarė Černikienė presented the AUTO project. Also the handbook related to the integration of people with autism spectrum disorder into labour market which is one of the most important results of the project was presented.
Later, the informal discussion about the present situation, challenges and difficulties of the autistic people in Lithuania and the necessary changes was carried out. Specialists from the day centre kindly shared their experience of working with autistic people, mothers having autistic children also pointed out the difficulties they face: the non-presence of short time services, the (un)professionalism of some specialists in education, health care system, the non-accessibility to ABA and TEACCH methodologies, the ways mothers can relax, etc.
Moreover, two techniques / exercises of relaxation have been introduced (one with rocks and sand, another – drawing technique) at the same time developing the discussion on the situation in Lithuania with autistic people. The feedback from participants regarding these techniques was really positive.
Each participant was given several copies of the brochure to bring to their organisation to spread the word about the project.
More information about the project http://autistictraining.eu/
28-30 of April partners from Austria, Italy, Romania, UK and Lithuania came to Šiauliai for a second AUTO project (AUtistic adults Training Opportunities) meeting.
During the meeting Austrian partners presented research report about autistic adults situation across the Europe, in Turkey and USA. All partners presented their best practices reports about working with autistic adults. The main task for meeting was to prepare the timeline and content of the training course for autistic adults, to share responsibilities and plans for future tasks and meetings. In the next future most of the meetings will be held online. Partners will create an internet page where it will be possible to find usefull information about working with autistic adults (18+). During free time partners visited the Hill of Crosses, had a short sight-seeing in Šiauliai.
The first partners meeting in Italy on the 5th-6th of December in 2013.
The first project’s “Autistic adults Training for new Opportunities” (Naujos mokymosi galimybės autistams) partners meeting was held in Carrara, Italy. VšĮ Edukaciniai projektai represented Simona Adanavičiūtė (Social programmes worker) and Arlandas Makūnas (Social programmes coordinator). Partners discussed about the main questions, shared the best practice of project implementation and distributed the main activities.
During the international project meeting partners visited the most beautiful places of the city of Carrara and had the opportunity to visit the marble manufactory.