About the project

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) refers to a range of conditions characterised by some degree of impaired social behaviour, communication and language, and a narrow range of interests and activities that are both unique to the individual and carried out repetitively.

According to the World Health Organization it is estimated that worldwide one in 160 children has an ASD. This estimate represents an average figure, and reported prevalence varies substantially across studies. Some well-controlled studies have, however, reported figures that are substantially higher. The prevalence of ASD in many low- and middle-income countries is so far unknown.

The health-care needs of people with ASD are complex and require a range of integrated services, including health promotion, care, rehabilitation services, and collaboration with other sectors such as education, employment and social care.

ASDs may significantly limit the capacity of an individual to conduct daily activities and participate in society. ASDs often negatively influence the person’s educational and social attainments as well as employment opportunities.

NGO"Pirin Eagles" and the partnering organizations recognize the need to strengthen countries' abilities to promote the optimal health and well-being of all persons with ASD and find better educational solutions to those persons.

 

Main objectives:

 

The main objective of our project is to develop a guideline and application for our target groups, containing concrete ideas, recommendation and examples of suitable educational activities for children with special needs and to improve the skills of the target groups in the field of integrating special need children into regular school activities.

Specific objectives of the project:

  • Improve the quality of health care services to the population with disabilities al local as well as at European Union level;

  • the teachers and educators of our organizations to be professionally educated and to increase their qualities as inclusive teachers;

  • increase their knowledge of students with disabilities, autism and other risk group of students involved in mainstream education, learn to assess the specifics of students with disabilities, autism and other risk group of students involved in mainstream education;

  • to learn with hands-on activities on how to conduct a preference assessment in order to identify students’ motivations and preferences;

  • to learn about the ABA method and learn strategies for dealing with challenging behavior in the classroom; 

  • to learn strategies that use positive reinforcement to help successfully manage challenging behaviors not only for children with ASD but for the entire classroom;

  • to increase their awareness and acceptance of at-risk students (with socio-emotional problems, behavioral problems, learning difficulties, developmental disabilities, autism, etc.)

RESULTS:

TANGIBLE RESULTS:

  • PowerPoint presentations

  • Project will be branded wit project logo 

  • Project website

  • Facebook page

  • Facebook group will be created.

  • Information brochure  about autism and positive passwords

  • Two guideline books contain information about the methods that will be presented during the two LTTAs.

 

INTANGIBLE RESULTS:

  • New knowledge and skills of target groups for integrating children with special needs into regular school activities;

  • Bigger connection among schools with special need children and regular schools;

  • Bigger awareness of local public authorities and associations for special need education about the importance of involving special need children;

  • A better understanding of social, language and cultural diversities and reactions to them after the participants take part in transnational meetings and the training where they will experience different cultures, educational systems, food, way of living and similar;

  • Greater understanding of different educational systems in Europe, especially in the field of special need education.