Accessibility to adult education remains impeded by a range of barriers. What is missing to overcome them is a comprehensive approach and “Accessibility Framework” that takes into consideration accessibility from a holistic perspective.
The AEMA Network will work actively to overcome obstacles that hinder people with disability from becoming adult learners. This will be done by implementing an ambitious working programme which takes into consideration both the needs of people with diverse impairments and the situation in adult education provision.
The project will support:
Therefore, the Network will improve the frameworks and structures for including learners with special needs.
Main outcomes of the project will be:
In order to make the project’s activities more effective and concrete, people with disabilities will be involved in all stages of the project and will also contribute to all networking structures to be established.
By increasing the participation of people with disabilities – which is the group with the lowest rate of participation in adult education -the project fulfil one of the wish of European Commission the and is in line with the Council conclusions of 11 May 2010 on the social dimension of education and training [2010/C 135/02] where it was underlined that “expanding access to adult education can create new possibilities for active inclusion and enhanced social participation, especially for the low-skilled, the unemployed, adults with special needs, the elderly, and migrants.”
The AEMA Network is a committed and professional Consortium which consists of 12 organisations from 11 European countries, funded with support from the Grundtvig programme of the European Commission.
Text: Francesca Operti