Training University Teachers for the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities project


The Training University Teachers for the inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities project (TUT4IND) is an Erasmus + project lasting 36 months (2019-2022). For the development of the project it started from the creation of a composed of by 5 Universities from various cultural backgrounds and wide geographical coverage (Belgium, Portugal, Italia and Spain); 2 Associations committed to the support of people with intellectual disabilities; a Research Institute focused in the design, implementation and evaluation of social welfare policies; and an SME with a wide experience in the development of Virtual Environments for different purposes, including education and health and social inclusion. The target groups involved in this project are Universities, Associations and NGOs, researchers and teachers at higher education levels, policy makers and national representatives. It aim to promote the creation of higher education courses aimed at training University teachers in the integration of students with intellectual disabilities, thus contributing to build inclusive higher education systems, through the development of a pilot course aimed at teachers and professors at University level, where the skills and competences for the management of a wide range of intellectual disabilities in the learning processes, using a transversal and comprehensive approach including technological and psychopedagogical tools, as well as organizational and communicative resources, thus supporting educators to enhance the inclusiveness of their courses. Through the pilot course and its virtualization, as well as the implementation Guide developed to ensure the transferability of the project results to other entities and countries, the partners aim to promote and increase the participation of people with intellectual disabilities in mainstream courses of higher education institutions, which nowadays is limited in many European countries, fostering effective inclusion and opening in addition their possibilities of accessing the labour market.