The European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education states that: ‘The ultimate vision for inclusive education systems is to ensure that all learners of any age are provided with meaningful, high-quality educational opportunities in their local community, alongside their friends and peers’ (European Agency, 2015, p. 1). This statement includes learners with any kind of disability. In line with the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020, European mainstream schools and youth organisations and their professionals are facing the challenge to include an increasing number of children and teenagers with disabilities.

  • The Open up Guide for Professionals: This consists of a handbook divided in two main sections: one about ‘visual impairments’/ ‘how to support blind or partially sighted youngsters’ and another one about ‘hearing impairments’/ ‘how to support deaf of hard of hearing youngsters’ in mainstream schools of youth organisations. This handbook, co-developed on a transnational level, defines the profile of ‘resource person’.
  • The Open up Training Curriculum: Consisting of a roadmap/ training tool for the trainers to train future ‘resource person’, defined in the Open up Guide, this new instructor-led training is the first component of the Open up training device.
  • The Open up Joint Statement for inclusive (formal and non-formal) education: This paper aims at raising awareness of policy makers in the field of education, mainstream schools - their boards of leaders - and youth organisations with tailored information and recommendations for improving the quality of inclusive education in Europe.

The e-learning platform (IO3) will mainly consist of - a set of e-learning sessions and - self-assessment tools. It will be the virtual community of e-learners or Open up ‘resource persons’. It will act like a helpline for any European formal and non-formal education professional or third parties interested in including our target group is the second and complementary component of the Open up training device.
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