Lamerton - NewLink-UK
"Presentazione dei partners del progetto:
I have been asked to speak about the partners of our Leonardo da
Vinci project, TeamNet.
A little history may help to put the partnership in context.
LEONARDO DA VINCI is a European Community programme which
supports transnational training projects. It aims to add a European dimension to national
policies and programmes by promoting the exchange of good practice and innovation.
Our project funded under the Leonardo da Vinci Programme is called TEAM-NET.
TEAM-NET (Tele-Employment Access Methodology through New Technology)
involves twelve partners led by the Italian organisation ASPHI. All partners of TEAMNET
had previously been involved in Working Group 3.12 of the HELIOS 2 network and although the partners
run many different schemes, the common theme is the betterment of people with disabilities
and their opportunities for integration into the Labour Market. As a group, we decided to
continue the theme of Working Group 3.12, to use information and communication
technologies to support Teleworking which we see as an effective future method of working,
specifically for people with restricted mobility.
TELEWORKING has been defined as:
Working at a distance through the use of
TO.W.N. (Towards a teleWorking
Network). A database, accessed via
the Internet to enable individuals and companies to match supply and demand for
WEB site address: http://euro.asphi.it/town
Our partnership is truly PAN EUROPEAN, with 13 different members,
working in 9 different countries.
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Our slides show the partners locations in Europe and their
respective logos. (Read list)
I intend to take each partner individually and describe their
particular involvement in the field of working with people with disabilities.
AMI (ArbetsMarknads Institutet) is based in Vejbystrand in
AMI (The Employability Institute in Vejbystrand) is a regional part of the National Labour
Market Administration in Sweden.
The Institute specialises in the vocational rehabilitation of people with physicla
disabilities and it also supports the central Labour Market function in development work,
personnel training and information.
Our slide shows the location of AMI on the west coast of Sweden.
APAHM (Aide aux Personnes A Handicap Moteur) is
based in Dunkirk in France. APAHM, founded in 1989, is an organisation for motor-disabled
people and works for social integration.
It aims to assist people with disabilities to find a better social, professional and
physical situation in their everyday lives.
To meet these aims, APAHM has five departments:
The Social Department
which works in two ways: support and advice on the adaptation of accommodation to encourage and allow disabled
people to continue to live in their own homes, also providing self-evaluation
have been specifically adapted for disabled people and give the opportunity to prepare for
The Driving school
which gives disabled people the opportunity to learn to drive
The Professional Integration Department which offers careers advice and guidance to
both unemployed disabled people and employers to promote the integration of disabled
people in the work place.
The Teletraining centre which gives secretarial training at a distance to those who
have severe physical disabilities and are not able to access centre-based
them the skills to work from home.
The Insertion Structure in Teleworking, which aims to develop partnerships with
employers willing to take on a teleworker with a disability and then customising the
training for the potential teleworker to meet the precise requirements of the
Our slide shows the spectacular Museum of Contemporary Art in Dunkirk, and the location
APAHM on the coast of France.
ASPHI (Association for the Development of Computer Projects for
Disabled people), based here in Bologna.
ASPHI is a free, non-profit making association founded 20 years ago, which today has
approximately 50 members, amongst Companies, Public and Private agencies of primary
ASPHIs main purpose is as a reference point and stimulus in the use of new
technologies to encourage the independence and integration process of disabled people into
daily life, school and employment. ASPHI strongly believes in sharing experiences and
creating new initiatives in co-operation with national and international organisations
that operate in the same fields, with similar or complementary aims.
ASPHIs activities include:
School Integration, by co-ordinating the development of technical aids and software to
support students, and the education of their teachers and tutors.
Work Integration, by providing Vocational training in the fields of Programming, Desktop
Publishing and Office Automation, providing Job Coaching, also researching new job
opportunities such as Teleworking.
Rehabilitation, by promoting the design, development and testing of various aids in
numerous rehabilitation areas.
Social integration and independent living, by promoting the design, development and
testing control systems to enhance autonomy in daily life.
Information and Awareness, by providing information to disabled people,
Training, which began in 1979 with the first course for blind programmers, was extended in
1983 to the motor disabled; finally, in 1988 courses began in Office Automation, aimed for
people with hearing impairment and physical disabilities.
The aim of the programming courses is to provide students with a theoretical-practical
background allowing them to practise this profession in an environment of open
development. To date, ASPHI has delivered 21 courses of one years duration, from which 230
young programmers have graduated and over 80% have found employment.
To encourage the integration of school-aged disabled children into public
has contributed to the computer component for didactic projects to support children with
hearing and visual impairments and cognitive difficulties.
Our slide of ASPHI shows the Leaning Tower of Bologna and its location in Northern
CIDEF (Centro de Inovação para Deficientes)
was created as a Professional Rehabilitation Centre in
November 1992 through a Co-operation Agreement between the Portuguese Creativity
Association (Associção Portuguesa de Criatividade) and the Vocational Training and
Employment Institute (Instituto do Emprego e Formação Profissional) with the main focus
on Research and Development of solutions to overcome the disadvantages for disabled people
in the area of Vocational Training and Rehabilitation.
Their work involves:
The Promotion of Technological Investigation
The Introduction and dissemination of new technologies existing in other countries
The Promote of the training of trainers, aiming to use innovative systems.
- works with people with Visual and Hearing impairments, as well as physical
disabilities through Professional Rehabilitation Programmes, identifying appropriate
methods and processes suited to individuals needs and for the fulfilment of their
- is a member of a national network of research centres (CITE) and a
specialised centre of technical aids for training and employment.
- is situated in Lisbon, Portugal. Our slide shows a view of Lisbon and the
monument to the early maritime explorers. Also the location of CIDEF on the coast of
CoGaMi (Galicia Co-Federation of People with
Disabilities), is a
non Government organisation, working within the limits of the Galicia Autonomous
Community, constituted in 1990. Nowadays it is made up of four provincial Federations
placed in Atlantic Spain, the north-west corner of the country. These federations comprise
more than 40 local and regional associations, giving a membership of about 5000 disabled
people in Galicia.
Since 1991, CoGaMi has been involved in European Community Initiatives, working to improve
the living, training and employment conditions of people with disabilities.
With HORIZON 1, CoGaMi was involved in the DELFOS Project, for Computer-assisted Distance
Learning, a pilot scheme to validate Tele-learning as a system aimed at those with very
severe physical disabilities or those who are isolated in rural areas. With the use of new
technologies, this work has continued in the NODUS project , with a focus on Teleworking,
also in HERMES, a project trailing Teletraining through the Internet.
On a different theme, CoGaMi is involved in a number of Eco-environmental initiatives,
recycling paper and cardboard, also currently recycling vehicles at the end of their
Apart from European Initiatives, CoGaMi also runs a labour service aimed to help the
integration of disabled people into employment, by providing assessment, advice and
training for clients and information and awareness raising of employment issues with
employers. CoGaMi has set up its own enterprise to support the employment of disabled
people, several business initiatives making plastic bags, ceramics, steering wheels,
woodwork, brushes etc. CoGaMi will advise clients on any matters relating to the
improvement of living conditions for disabled people.
CoGaMi is based in Santiago de Compostela, in the north western corner of Spain. Our slide
shows the Cathedral of St James in Santiago and the location of CoGaMi.
CRPF (Centre de Réadaptation Professionnelle et
Fonctionelle) de Nanteau-sur-Lunain is a vocational and functional
rehabilitation centre located 50 miles South of Paris.
It is a non-profit-making private organisation founded in 1951.
CRPF aims at the vocational integration of people at risk of exclusion, be they disabled
people, long-term unemployed people, young people with no qualifications or women
returning to the Labour Market. More than 1500 people are hosted by CRPF each year, which
represents a daily number of 450/500 trainees.
In order to support its training activities CRPF is involved in the development of a
number of transnational projects, co-funded by the European Commission.
CRPF is offering:
- Functional Rehabilitation and adapted physical
The re-appropriation of physical abilities, thanks to sport in
particular, is very often one of the first steps towards integration into
- Evaluation/ Assessment and Vocational Guidance.
Guidance is offered in terms of assessment of general functionality,
from a medical or psychological perspective, followed by action planning and organisation
on a path towards integration.
- Vocational training in Industrial and Information Technologies
CRPF is very aware of the need to offer training courses that meet
the requirements of the Labour Market and is constantly assessing the developments in
proximity jobs and teleactivities. Their training courses cover new industrial
technologies as well as new information and communication technologies. Training in the
field of Tourism is also offered.
- Support in Job finding
The Job research strategy applied at CRPF focuses on on-the-job
training with successive periods at CRPF and in the company, on proactive participation of
trainees as well as on personalised coaching.
Our slide shows CRPFs wonderful training centre at Nanteau-sur-Lunain, the Royal
Palace of Fontainbleau nearby and the location of their training centre, just to the south
DIAS is a private research and development corporation based in Hamburg, Germany.
Their main areas of work are technical aids and services for people with disabilities and
DIAS tests the quality and usability of technical aids, and services them on behalf of
public bodies, consumer organisations and manufacturers.
DIAS has also developed various databases and information systems.
Two current projects are:
- The BARRIER INFO Project running 1997-1999.
For disabled and elderly people, public facilities (local public transport, theatre,
hotels etc) are often not accessible due to barriers of mobility. For this group of
people, information on means of access is a great step in the direction of independence.
On the basis of Transnational Standards, a database with information on Barriers to
Mobility in European cities and local districts is to be produced. The information it
holds will be made available through CD-ROM and ON LINE Services.
DIAS is the leader of the BARRIER INFO Project. It is a transEuropean project, co-funded
by the European Community with companies and organisations from Germany, Austria, Italy,
United Kingdom, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands and Switzerland taking part.
- BJTE - Usability tests of Information Technology for blind people
In order to support the improvement of counselling regarding technical aids, BJTE is
conducting usability tests on technical aids which help blind and visually impaired people
to access computers.
For the first time, these computer aids will be tested in a practice-related, objective
comparison. The tests and their results will make it possible to have a clear overview of
the market and will support quality assurance of the supply of technical aids.
A catalogue of performance standards, inquiry mechanisms and test results will be produced
for the following products:
Windows adaptations for the Blind, Braille Bars, Text-recognition systems, Voice
Simulators, Large-type systems and Image-enlarging video systems.
Our slide shows a view of the city of Hamburg and the location of DIAS in Northern
Fondazione Pro-Juventute Don Carlo Gnocchi is based in
The Foundation of Don Gnocchi, established as a non-profit organisation by the priest Don
Carlo Gnocchi just after the war, is one of the most important Italian institutions for
the care and rehabilitation of different neuro-psycho-motorial pathologies.
Activities in the socio-educational field and in the field of vocational training are
targetted towards the employment and social integration of people with a
The Don Gnocchi Foundation is situated in Milan, northern Italy. Our slide shows the
magnificent cathedral in Milan and the location of Don Gnocchi
Disabled Peoples Electronic Village Hall is a non-profit
making company owned by disabled people. It is registered as a charity with the aim of
educating and training local disabled people in the use of computers. It is managed by a
Board of directors elected from its membership.
Founded in 1993, with the help of the local town council, it is now completely independent
and draws its funding from a variety of sources, including Central Government and the
European Social Fund, grants from charitable trusts and fund raising by its members.
The DP-EVH is founded on the belief that Information Technology can have special
importance for those with a disability. It is above all, an ENABLING invention, one which
brings new ways of doing things. Used correctly, it can be of tremendous use to many
disabled people by offering new ways of communicating from home or at work, more
independent living, with new adaptations making it possible for almost everyone to
control a computer and thus begin to control their own lives, better employment
prospects, where the use of computers opens up new opportunities and methods of
working, possibly from home.
The DP-EVH offers a variety of opportunities for learning to use the computer, suited to
individual needs. Courses range from intensive Job-training to beginners courses
offering the opportunity for people to judge for themselves what advantages the new
technologies can offer.
The DP-EVH is situated is Dewsbury, near Leeds in West Yorkshire. Our slide shows the
facade of Leeds City Hall and the location of Dewsbury.
GOCI, joined the TeamNet Project as an external
GOCI, based in Aarschot, in Belgium, is funded predominantly by the Flemish Fund for the
Social Integration of People with Disabilities. They have 50 trainees per year on a 2-year
The main role of the organisation is to provide vocational training for people with
physical and sensorial disabilities and mental illness. The only objective is to
place their trainees in high level jobs in information technology and Computer Aided
GOCI achieves a very high rate of employment placements, approx 90%, by working closely
with employers, who are involved in the selection of trainees, and by providing customised
training programmes to suit the need of the employers. A significant part of GOCIs
training is organised on-the-job, where the trainee joins the company to experience a real
GOCI has developed a very successful JOBCOACHING scheme to support both trainees, during
their training and when they move into employment and their new employers, to ensure an
optimum match and successful transfer into employment.
GOCI uses all kinds of technology in very different areas. They try to be in the front of
general developments on the Labour Market, because they want the trainees to be better
trained than their non-disabled colleagues!
Our slide shows the magnificent City Hall in Leuven and also the location of GOCI in
Belgium, to the north east of Brussels.
Heliomare consists of a number of institutes, of which the most important are:
A Rehabilitation centre, with 115 beds and a department for
daily rehabilitation treatment for disabled people, who visit the centre between 2 and 5
times a week.
A Comprehensive school of 400 pupils with 150 in external support, having three
Special education for disabled pupils up to 12 years
Special education for disabled pupils up to 19 years
Support and special education to pupils and their teaching in main stream schools.
The Housing Unit which offers accommodation to 40 young people who attend the
Comprehensive school, when their travelling distance to home is too great. They gain
experience in independent living, in a caring environment.
The Institute for Vocational Integration (IvAS)
The institute has two departments: the vocational education unit and the assessment
and integration unit.
Together with four other institutes, Heliomare is a trendsetter in
the Netherlands for the development of methods of integrating disabled people into work.
Sport and Fitness
Sport is one of the most important activities for disabled people to cope with and
overcome their problems. During the rehabilitation period a lot of attention is given to
sport and fitness. The institute advises clients on the availability of sportsclubs in
their own neighbourhood.
This year Heliomare has merged with two activity centres in North Holland. These
centres offer the possibility of a meaningful life if work is no longer a possibility.
Heliomare, meaning SUN and SEA, is situated near the coast of the Netherlands at
Wijk-aan-zee. Our slide shows an aerial photograph of the Heliomare centre and
Wijk-aan-zee and their location.
NewLink Project Limited is constituted as a charitable company, limited by
guarantee, governed by a Board of Trustees.
It is a member-led organisation dedicated to assisting physically disabled, visually
impaired and socially isolated adults in a wide range of educational and training
programmes in and through Information and Communication Technology, from basic numeracy
and literacy skills to National Vocation Qualifications in Information Technology,
Business administration and imminently Teleworking. Many of our trainees achieve
nationally recognised qualifications but the most important outcome is their remarkable
growth in self-esteem, confidence and ambition.
Our Board of Trustees consists of four disabled people, all volunteers, whose personal
experience and expertise in management and disability matters gives them the knowledge and
insight necessary to govern the Project.
Our training takes place in 10 centres across the East Midlands region of UK and also, for
those who are unable to access our centres because of restricted mobility, we offer
training at home. Currently we have approximately 350 people in training. In four centres,
we have established Word Processing and Desktop Publishing workshops, run by and for our
trainees, gaining work experience while producing goods to commercial standards. It is our
hope to develop a Teleworking Centre, which will collect work from small businesses and
distribute it electronically to our teleworkers in the centres or at home.
We have been involved in a number of European partnerships, with TeamNet partners and
others, our main focus always being to improve the quality of life for people with
disabilities, through the use of new communication technologies, for work, for education
or just for fun.
Our slide shows the Nottingham Council House where one may meet the Sheriff of Nottingam,
also Lincolns beautiful cathedral and the geographic area of the East Midlands in
which we work.
PROMI ( Asociación para la Promoción del Minusválido), is a non
governmental organisation created in 1976, whose main aim is the economic and public
integration of disabled people. Its first centre in Cabra was opened in 1976.
Since then PROMI has developed a net of centres; Special Employment centres, Occupational
centres and other Residences, with the aim of offering jobs and assistance to disabled
people, in different towns such as Córdoba, Jaen, Cadiz, Almería, Málaga, Melilla,
Sevilla, Huesca and Salamanca.
Over 800 disabled people all over Spain benefit from learning and working through PROMI,
producing quality goods and becoming financially independent.
Occupational centres for disabled people offer the opportunity for professional and social
adjustment, without a profitable goal.
Residential centres offer a permanent home to those who are not able to live on their own.
PROMIs Centre for Research and Training of Disabilities (C.I.M.) aims to promote
scientific and technical research in the field of disability in general, but with
particular emphasis on Information and Communication technologies.
Our slide shows a view across the Guadalquivir River to the town of Córdoba, and the
Mezquita Cathedral. It also shows the location of PROMI, in Andalucia, Southern Spain.
By now it will be clear that the TEAMNET Partners collectively have
made a great contribution to the integration and employment prospects of disabled people
across Europe and we hope that the TO.W.N. database will become a standard tool to support
disabled people in their search for jobs in a teleworking environment. It will only
succeed if both employees and employers, who are positive about the employment of disabled
people, are prepared to support it. We believe it can work to the benefit of all.