About Aldia

ALdia PROJECT SCOPE

According to the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 disabled people are much less likely to participate in post-school education and to obtain employment than non-disabled people. Removing barriers and improving outcomes for this group is critical to the overall economic and social objectives of the EU, as expressed in the Europe 2020 strategy.

The main objective of the ALdia project is to reduce disparities in learning outcomes affecting learners from disadvantaged backgrounds.
In order to achieve this objective the ALdia project will:
a) define disabled student needs in both higher education and VET sectors,
b) develop and field-test an innovative, flexible, Massive Open Online Course for higher education lecturers and VET trainers, and
c) validate the acquired expertise through certification that will be based on the ECVET principles, thus facilitating its use across Europe.

The ALdia project will develop a novel training and accreditation framework in the fields of higher education and VET that will genuinely improve education and training systems ‘from within’.

The ALdia project will provide concrete evidence, experience and knowledge on the skills that can equip education professionals for equality and inclusion. The ALdia project undertakes a bottom-up approach that can effectively promote policy developments in an area where top-down initiatives seem insufficient. The project will act as a ‘policy entrepreneur’, through the interaction of officials in all governmental levels and the spread of ideas, skills and information. In addition, synergies with primary and secondary schools, Universities and VET providers, disabled students organisations, NGOs and policy-makers at local/regional/national/EU levels will be built.

The project is expected to generate genuine and sustainable improvements in the education and training system and policies. The central aim of the ALdia project is to mainstream the equal access principles and practices into all education sectors and levels in Europe and beyond. By preparing the education professionals for equity, diversity and inclusion the ALdia project is expected to significantly improve the situation of young disabled people regarding attainment, social inclusion and well-being.

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