- Title: TRAIL – Teenagers: the Road with Autism to Independent Living
- Running dates: September 2015 – December 2017
- Programme: Erasmus+ KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships for adult education
- Project number: 2015-1-FR01-KA204-015397
- Website: trail-project.org
Nowadays autism affects 3.3 million people in the European Union – about 1 person out of 150 is diagnosed with this handicap in Europe. Although specific efforts have been made by the autism plans with regards to diagnose, specialized education and access toordinary life, the teenager phase leading towards independent life, a particularly critical phase, is very inadequately covered and funded.
Facing these observations, the challenge is to better know the European frames, the will and needs of concerned stakeholders andto be able to offer existing innovative tools and methods to professionals (education, social) to accompany the transition towards mainstream and independent life. Professionals need to access networks and existing practices in terms of training and intervention processes. The TRAIL project will address these professionals in order to help them to better accompany the transition phase, teenagers being indirect beneficiaries.
To contribute to the identification and the implementation of best practices for professionals and of intervention frameworks that would allow the support of the adolescence phase and their access to ordinary life. Final objective will be to enable completion and/or recommendations of national or European plans for autism.
-To identify the existing good practices, looking particularly into what has been set up in the States and in Canada with regards to means such as “toolbox” but also practices or initiatives existing in Europe – if possible during the duration of the project also study the transfer criteria and possibilities
-To transfer 2 innovative methods and tools already spotted : Interactive theatre and scriptwriting (Sweden – TP TEATERN) to personalize accompaniment and also to set up collaborative solutions between different stakeholders and teenagers themselves, Mobile units (APAJH38 – Lyon) intervening directly during the independant life as a tailor-made support and also adapt the HIPE 4 days-course (TOI Leonardo 2012) which will be completed with the specificities of transition phase
-To set up professional communities and to enrich them via tools such as social WEB in order to sustain collaboration between different stakeholders who rarely work together (researchers, professionals, institutions, decision-makers and financers)
-To define the criteria and indicators that would allow the anticipation of the teenagers’ accompaniment to ordinary life
-To study the intervention or support possibilities (and in which form) of the institutional actors or financers to make deployment of innovative actions possible, within the partnership countries.
WHAT IS EXPECTED FROM THE PROJECT ?
- To provide tools and methods to professionals to avoid life-course disruptions which are dramatic in autism and is particularly difficult period for teenagers with autism.
- To make a comparative survey between the social policies of the Member states in order to detect the best practices
- To create the right conditions of exchanges between networks, professionals , researchers and even the young adults themselves by using the social webs and ITC based tools
- To collect innovative tools, methods, initiatives, projects, courses in order to offer resources to the professionals
- To identify which ones of these resources could be suitable and relevant
The consortium is a majority of previous partners from the successful HIPE project.PAPILLONS BLANCS de Dunkerque – SAMO (France) the promoter is an association dealing with the accompaniment of people with all kind of handicap and more recently with yound adults with autism – REGIONAL DIRECTORATE FROM THESSALY (Greece) will help teenagers for the transition from school to independent life as they work in close relationship with families associations – FORO TECNICO DE FORMACION (Spain) a national certified training center for vocational training – PASSEPORT EUROPE (France) was the coordinator of HIPE4ASD and responsible for the valorization process – NATIONAL AUTISTIC SOCIETY (UK) is acting in the targeting field and which will link with some on-going activities and projects will be done and this will be of high added-value – TP-TEATERN (Sweden) and APAJH38 (France) as expert institutions which will transfer their know-how
As social webs and on-line activities are key tools for the TRAIL project, INTERMEDI@KT (Greece) joined the team because of its solid experience and competencies to help and sustain the communities’ work but also its expertise in ICT tools which will be of great added-value for valorization.
The French National project officer Guillaume BLANCO and many other essential actors of this field, especially decision-maker will help the TRAIL project to provide the best practices to professionals who accompany young adults with autism to enter the ordinary life in the better conditions for each of them.