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Learning, Inclusion and work

The Foundation is (re)habilitation facility providing habilitation and empowerment in a residential setting to non-verbal or minimally verbal adults with ASD, who cannot be supported at home because of their disruptive behaviors or come from other regions to attend periods of intensive habilitation/rehabilitation programs. Because of the complexity of their conditions persons served by the Foundation have been refused or discharged from other services lacking trained staff. They require highly qualified educators who are able to manage disruptive behaviors while respecting their rights and dignity, thus preventing neglect or abuse due to ineffective or disrespectful practices. The Foundation recognized since the beginning the importance of developing successful
training programs for the educators’ team in both the field of evidence-based education strategies for ASD, and of the rights-based approach to disabilities. The Foundation therefore provides continuous and in-depth training by well-known experts from international and national universities
and training centers of excellence for internal staff and for external participants, enabling them to develop social communication skills ,unique potential and participation of served persons in real jobs in the community according to their wishes and aptitudes, as well as to engage the most experienced
residents to act as tutors of their mates.

Year(s): 2008

Target group(s): Persons with disabilities with high level of support needs

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Starting from a training needs analysis. continuous Instructor-led training (ILT), is provided to the educator team of the Foundation working with the residents, using blended learning methodologies, including:
- front-end teaching (lecture and discussion) provided on site by national and international experts in the fields of evidence-based education strategies for ASD and on the rights based-approach to disability,
- technology-based teaching through distance synchronous video conferencing in connection with leading international experts, using a wider variety of training methods, e.g. video, lecture, case studies, simulation and discussion,
- on-the-job training, coaching/mentoring on site by external expert supervisors or of new employees and external trainees by the more experienced staff, including hands-on training on the individual needs.
- Within the work group, some people with ASD play the role of tutors by giving operational suggestions and prompt to colleagues who have more difficulty in performing professional tasks.

Type of product

Paper-based material Course / Training

Brief description of the outcomes

Impact on target groups / Transferability potential

The Foundation’s training program empowers the trainees to better meet the educational needs of the vulnerable group they work with. The huge progresses of the residents in terms of adaptive behaviors inclusion and participation in society are documented.

Promoter of the initiative: Fondazione Marino per l'Autismo ONLUS

Country: Italy

Languages available: English Italian

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