5      examples on good practice in Iceland.

Overview:

1.    Fitness – use of fitness-equipment in fitness-centre

2.    The basic education course. Adapted by Adult Education Centre in West-Fjords of Iceland

3.    Study-line of arts for people with severe to profound disabilities and complex learning conditions

4.    Education and work – Adult Education Centre South Iceland

5.    Practical housekeeping

1)    Fitness – use of fitness-equipment in fitness-centre

15 weeks course in Fjölmennt

Kind of educational activity:

Main Aim: Promote skills and independency in general fitness-centre towards independent use of motion centre
Independency in regular motion in fitness-centre.
Responsibility about own training – behaviour in locker rooms – care for own things

The activity is accessible for the whole population or only for persons with disability.

Only for disabled people

Is it for specific kind of disability? If yes – please identify.

People with psychotic disabilities, cognitive learning disabilities, autism

Age of learners.

20+

How many times per month?

2 times a week 2x40 min at a time (2 lessons - =4 lessons a week) 15 weeks. Every learner buys his own access card for the semester and is free to use it more frequently without support of teachers. Many learners apply more than one semester in a row.

Is it formal or non-formal education?

Non formal

Is it education for leisure, hobby or professional skills?

Fitness, skills and independency in society

Is it possible to find a job after this education? Maybe they have some statistic data?

Not work-related

Do the special needs educators or personal assistance is provided?

Consultation from Fjölmennt‘s consultants

What kind of assistance

Help if needed on how to help learner manage in the environments and how to adapt and present a training program and strategies to individual needs

Does specific social services are providing (i.e. transportation or similar)

Communal social services search for personal assistance and transport of students if needed.

Does the educator need for specific materials or equipment to educate persons with disabilities?

Many autistic persons and some with other disabilities benefit from visual teaching materials, motion plans and to-do-lists

Does the educator have background of working with persons with disability?

Many years of experience in teaching in Fjölmennt and other places

Did the educator obtain the specific background in the specific learning establishment or does he/she is self-learner?

One has specialization as an athletic teacher, the other as a social pedagogue, both have diverse courses on disabilities and teaching approaches/methods

Does the activity receive state support?

The activity is mostly driven by support from Fjolmennt which is financed by service contract with the Ministry of education

Is it paid activity? How many?

All personnel are paid. learners pay a small fee in addition to the access-card. If they are members of trade union they can get support from the unions education fond.

Education process organizing;

Organizer and holder of this course is Fjölmennt.

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2)    The basic education course. Adapted by Adult Education Centre in West-Fjords of Iceland

Project in 2011-2012. Since then different AE Centres have made own adaptions or taken different parts of that course as independent courses for learning disabled people in their counties.

Kind of educational activity:

Basic education originally designed for people with short formal education.

Educated in:
Self-esteem and social interaction
Society and community/surroundings
study skills
Icelandic
Expression and talk/speech
English
mathematics
Computer and Information technology
vocational training
Self-assessment of the studies

Students got social and study consultation
Students made Evaluation of real skills portfolio

The activity is accessible for the whole population or only for persons with disability.

The education is originally designed for people with short formal education. Here adapted to people with learning disabilities

Is it for specific kind of disability? If yes – please identify.

Here adapted for people with psychotic disabilities or moderate learning disabilities.

Age of learners.

18 to 50 years

How many times per month?

4 days a week, three 45 min lessons a time, over 3 months, total of 300 lessons

Is it formal or non-formal education?

It is a non-formal education, but follows curriculum from The Education and Training Service Centre (ETSC) (owned by the Icelandic Confederation of Labour (ASÍ), the Confederation of Icelandic Employers (SA), the Federation of State and Municipal Employees (BSRB), the Ministry of Finance and the Association of Local Authorities in Iceland). The curriculum is modified for the group of students.

Is it education for leisure, hobby or professional skills?

It is a general basic education.

Is it possible to find a job after this education? Maybe they have some statistic data?

The education is not directly work oriented, but can be a start to further work related education or work training.

Do the special needs educators or personal assistance is provided?

The curriculum is modified as a part of the project to the needs of the learners. Fjölmennt and ETSC gave consultation.

What kind of assistance

The project-leader assists educators to adapt teaching materiel and teaching methods if needed for the individual learners. Fjolmennts consultation was available.

Does specific social services are providing (i.e. transportation or similar)

Social services in the community provide for transport if needed.

Does the educator need for specific materials or equipment to educate persons with disabilities?

The curriculum is adapted and teaching materiel simplified/rewritten if necessary.

Does the educator have background of working with persons with disability?

The project-leader is special needs educator (social pedagogue) and some of the educators have some special education or experience of working with disabled people.

Did the educator obtain the specific background in the specific learning establishment or does he/she is self-learner?

The project-leader is special needs educator (social pedagogue) and some of the educators have some special education or experience of working with disabled people.

Does the activity receive state support?

The activity is mostly driven by support from Fjolmennt and The Education and Training Service Centre (ETSC)

Is it paid activity? - How many?

All personnel are paid (Project-leader and Educators). Learners pay a small fee. If they are members of trade union they get support from the unions education fond.

Education process organizing;

Organizer and holder of this project is Fræðslumiðstöð Vestfjarða (the Adult Education Centre in Westfjords.

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3) Study-line of arts for people with severe to profound disabilities and complex learning conditions

Curriculum written by 4 teachers at the initiative of Adult Education Centres in South-Iceland and West-Iceland. Now being taught in AE Centre of South-Iceland

Kind of educational activity:

Perception, self-esteem, communication and empowerment is central focus throughout all studies
Course may end with participation in the cultural festival List án landamæra (Arts without borders - The festival celebrates diversity, promotes community development and supports increased understanding between people. With art as our weapon, we bring together artists with diverse backgrounds [e.g. disabled and nondisabled} and break down barriers between communities)

Drama
Work with body, voice and space
Animals – movements and sound
Primary powers
Emotions and expression
Masks
Puppets – string puppets – hand puppets
Shadows
Theatre
Makeup
                   Endpoint is each students or group of learners dramatic work documented by video

Visual arts
Basic forms – organic forms -
Colours - black/white – three basic colours – Cold/warm colours - colour scales
Colours, light and shadows in space
Three-dimensional world
Drawing - Painting – - Forming - Perceiving - Installation
In the B-curriculum is more emphasis in drawing/painting/forming on: free work – models – self-portraits – human body – collages as examples

Endpoint is Individual act on art, documented by product if that is right but also by photos and video

Textile
Textile and perception
Paper
Knitting, crochet and perception
Work with threads
Felting
Textile-painting – textile-stencil
In the B-curriculum is also
Ideas and sketching
Photography
Endpoint is Individual act on art, documented by product if that is right but also by photos and video

Music
Pulse – Length – Tempo – Pitch - Intensity
Form – Tint – Combination - Style
in
Song – listening – playing – movement – „reading“ – „writing“

Main objective:

The frame:

The approach:

To extend the participants awareness of the surroundings and own part in it.

To encourage to response and inspire to initiative

Being there,

Response,

Expression of will and feelings.

Spiral approach is usually better than linear approach. Careful to give less support each time activity is repeated in tact with increased skill and understanding

              Introduction of instruments and use of instruments
Listening/expression – new and old music
Dancing/movement/creation/imitation
Basic tact and rhythm – playing instruments and creation
Voice – intensity and song
Pitch and connection to earlier themes
Tempo
Sound of surroundings
Making of instruments
Work of the group – spinning – recording.

The activity is accessible for the whole population or only for persons with disability.

Curriculum for disabled adults with
A profound intellectual and multiple disabilities
B severe autism and complicated educational needs

Is it for specific kind of disability? If yes – please identify.

Curriculum for disabled adults with
A profound intellectual and multiple disabilities
B severe autism and complicated educational needs

Age of learners.

20+

How many times per month?

3 days a week for two semestre in all 200 lessons

Is it formal or non-formal education?

Non formal

Is it education for leisure, hobby or professional skills?

Leisure - Hobby

Is it possible to find a job after this education? Maybe they have some statistic data?

The study is not work related

Do the special needs educators or personal assistance is provided?

The leader of courses for disabled in the AE Centre is educated social pedagogue with very rich experience and she aids the group of educators. They also get consultation from Fjölmennt if wished for.

What kind of assistance

Modifying teaching activities, adapting educational surroundings, specific adapting to individual learners.

Does specific social services are providing (i.e. transportation or similar)

The social services search for transport and personal assistance if needed

Does the educator need for specific materials or equipment to educate persons with disabilities?

Yes on an individual basis

Does the educator have background of working with persons with disability?

Yes

Did the educator obtain the specific background in the specific learning establishment or does he/she is self-learner?

They are educated teachers/artists, some with education as special educational teachers or social pedagogues, All with experience of working with severely learning disabled people

Does the activity receive state support?

The activity is mostly driven by support from Fjolmennt and The Education and Training Service Centre (ETSC)

Is it paid activity? - How many?

All personnel are paid (Project-leader and Educators). Learners pay a small fee. If they are members of trade union they get support from the unions education fond.

Education process organizing;

Organizer and holder of teaching this project now is Fræðslunetið, Símenntun Suðurlands (the Adult Education Centre in South Iceland, while the curriculum was a joint work of AE in West and South, with 2 writers in Fjölmennt.

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4) Education and work – Adult Education Centre South Iceland

Project 2014-2015

Kind of educational activity:

Study portfolio
To set a goal and make a plan
Self-esteem
Health
Social and study consultation
Society and community/surroundings
Work application
Rights and responsibilities in work
Computer and Information technology
Self-assessment of the studies

The activity is accessible for the whole population or only for persons with disability.

The study is for learning disabled people

Is it for specific kind of disability? If yes – please identify.

Moderate learning disabilities

Age of learners.

20+

How many times per month?

Total of 200 lessons – spread over 6 months

Is it formal or non-formal education?

Non-formal education

Is it education for leisure, hobby or professional skills?

Work related

Is it possible to find a job after this education? Maybe they have some statistic data?

Of the group of 8 students, 3 did not finish the study because they got job before they finished. All 5 got some work after the study.

Do the special needs educators or personal assistance is provided?

Under the making of curriculum assistance and consultation was aided by Fjölmennt, AMS (work with support) local Secondary school and Directorate of Labour. As all the Adult Education Centres work together they also benefitted from the project Basic general education in the WestFjords centre.

What kind of assistance

The leader of courses for learning disabled gave educators support and advise on the way and Fjölmennt gave consultation to educators on both teaching situations and adaption to individual students.

Does specific social services are providing (i.e. transportation or similar)

Local social services provide transportation if needed

Does the educator need for specific materials or equipment to educate persons with disabilities?

Educators made special teaching materiel, both for group as a whole and special visual materiel for autistic learners.

Does the educator have background of working with persons with disability?

Yes

Did the educator obtain the specific background in the specific learning establishment or does he/she is self-learner?

One with special education, other with experience of teaching people width special educational needs.

Does the activity receive state support?

The activity is mostly driven by support from Fjolmennt and The Education and Training Service Centre (ETSC)

Is it paid activity? -How many?

All personnel are paid (Project-leader and Educators). Learners pay a small fee. If they are members of trade union they get support from the unions education fond.

Education process organizing;

Organizer and holder of this project is Fræðslunetið Símenntun Suðurlands (the Adult Education Centre in South Iceland).

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5) Practical housekeeping

8 weeks course in Fjölmennt

Kind of educational activity:

Main Aim: Promote skills and independency in own home
Make simple wholesome and tasty meals
Make meals that can be put in the freezer
Make menu for the week and plan shopping
Shop varied and wholesome foods
Make to-do-lists for the housework
Gain knowledge and understanding of the importance of wholesome food and regular motion
Basic knowledge of nutritional facts, the nutrition circle and the six food groups
Importance of hygiene, both personal and environmental

The activity is accessible for the whole population or only for persons with disability.

Only for disabled people

Is it for specific kind of disability? If yes – please identify.

People with psychotic disabilities, cognitive learning disabilities, autism

Age of learner.

20+

How many times per month?

1 time a week 3x40 min (3 lessons) 8 weeks

Is it formal or non-formal education?

Non formal

Is it education for leisure, hobby or professional skills?

Housekeeping skills and independency in society

Is it possible to find a job after this education? Maybe they have some statistic data?

Not work-related

Do the special needs educators or personal assistance is provided?

Consultation from Fjölmennt‘s consultants

What kind of assistance

Help if needed to adapt housekeeping strategies and teaching methods to individual needs

Does specific social services are providing (i.e. transportation or similar)

Communal social services search for personal assistance and transport of learners if needed.

Does the educator need for specific materials or equipment to educate persons with disabilities?

Many autistic persons and some with other disabilities benefit from visual teaching materials, recipes and to-do-lists

Does the educator have background of working with persons with disability?

Many years of experience in teaching in Fjölmennt and before that in elementary schools

Did the educator obtain the specific background in the specific learning establishment or does he/she is self-learner?

One has specialization as a housekeeping teacher, the other as a leisure activator for disabled people, both have diverse courses on disabilities and teaching approaches/methods

Does the activity receive state support?

The activity is mostly driven by support from Fjolmennt which is financed by service contract with the Ministry of Education

Is it paid activity? How many?

All personnel are paid (Project-leader and Educators). Learners pay a small fee. If they are members of a trade union they can get support from the unions education fond.

Education process organizing;

Organizer and holder of this project is Fjölmennt.