04 SES 03 A, Improving Education
The aim of the paper is to contribute to innovative ways to design educational curriculum and create social pedagogical environments for ‘good practice’ targeting young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) or Asperger Syndrome (AS). Focus is the interplay between ‘special skills’ particular within the field of ICT/digital media that seem to be characteristic for many persons with ASD/AS, and the lack of ‘social skills’ in various settings. The goal with the research study is to contribute to new pathways to increased access to the labour market first and foremost as valuable manpower instead of as a person with special needs.
The empirical study is performed at ‘Specialisterne Denmark', founder of the international ‘Specialist People Foundation’ with the overall goal to enable one million jobs for people with autism and similar challenges, and allready represented in several European countries.
In 2009 ‘Specialisterne’ started a three-year special education program for young adults from 16 to 24 years with ASD or AS. The purpose is to create a learning environment, which besides teaching with special focus on ICT skills, also focuses on social and cultural understanding, as well as social skill training combined and more creative learning activities. The overall educational design is based on a serial project understanding with a combination of ‘high-intensive’ and ‘low-intensive’ periods during the semester.
The overall goal of this inclusive education research project is to contribute to substantiate alternative views on the connections between persons with handicap/diagnosis, educational design and new pathways for increased participation in society, education and labour market as a valuable employee with special skills and competencies because of their handicap, not despite of it.
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