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Project co-financed from the EU European Social Fund

The innovative training programme for secondary school students with disabilities preparing them for school-to-work transition.

Project duration: from 01.08.2010 to 30.06.2012

The project’s main purpose is an attempt to provide all special needs vocational schools in the Lublin region with innovative, effective methodology and diagnostic tools to prepare the secondary school student with a learning disability for school-to-work transition. It is also hoped that teachers will be able to make an effective use of those tools.

Final product
The final product of the project will be a methodology of the social and professional development of the student with mental disability aiming at preparing him/her for school to work transition. It will consist of two elements: diagnostic tools and work methods to be used with the student based on the diagnosis made with the use of the tools mentioned above.

Two diagnostic tools will be created to:
1. describe students’ professional interests
2. asses students adaptation level for successful performance in work environment.

The first tool
should be applied at the very beginning of professional education or even before it begins. It should allow determining what type of work the student is most interested in, which is the basis for his/her development.  Out of the set of presented pictures that show activities typical of different professions labeled with their names, the student has the task of choosing the one(s) he is most interested in.
The tool has the paper and electronic version. The latter enables examining visually handicapped students (size of pictures and fonts regulated with the speaker functionality) and those with hearing-impairment (the sign language function). Placing the test in the electronic format on vocational schools websites allows the student independently or with the teacher’s help to do research before he /she decides on further education.
The second tool is a questionnaire made up of the set of statements by means of which the teacher will be able to offer a multidimensional evaluation of the student adjustment to successful functioning in his/her work environment. The method will be useful for diagnosing the level of student development. The last test taken just before graduation will allow teachers to advise the student to look for the job within specific units depending on the amount of support needed.
Both tools will be drawn up with the application of the rigorous procedures on creating tools of psychological measurement. Their psychometric properties will be specified (accuracy, reliability, internal cohesion). Additionally, two textbooks will be written on both the methods clarifying the purpose and the way of applying them.

Teacher-student work methods
Teacher-student work  methods will consist of group classes (10-15 hours) and recommendations for individual work with the student. The aim of those classes is to shape the student’s social and organizational skills pertinent to his/her successful behavior in work environment. Teacher’s aids will be produced   consisting of the package for the teacher (the textbook and class script) and packages for work with the student (exercise book) for the parent (the textbook and scripts of parental conversations). The set is supplemented with CD containing all the materials and a 20-minute-film on  career prospects of intellectually disabled people.

Project partner
The Percy Hedley Foundation, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, the institution which educates minors with a disability with the use of modern European and worldwide solutions.

Project implementation area
The city of Lublin and its adjacent areas.  Also, special needs schools from other regions such as Masovian Voivodeship, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, Podkarpackie Voivodeship and Podlaskie Voivodeship will be provided with the results gained.

Additionally, conferences will be organized in 2012 (in each of the above mentioned region) which will promote the project findings. Special needs schools will be kept up to date with the latest developments on the project’s progress via newsletter.


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