PROGRESS is the EU's employment and social solidarity programme. It was established in 2007 to support the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in employment, social affairs and equal opportunities. PROGRESS has a global budget of € 743,25 million for seven years (20072013). This budget is addressed to promote the change and modernisation of the European Society in five sectors: •employment •social inclusion and protection •working conditions •non-discrimination •gender equality The call for proposals “Pilot projects on employment of persons with Autism Spectrum Disorders” belongs to the sector “non-discrimination”, transferred from DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion to DG Justice. The SWANS project has been selected as one of the four projects awarded among 53 proposals submitted to the European Commission and granted with € 307,166 total amount of € 383,958 total budget.
General coordination Internal evaluation Matching ASD subjects/placements International closure conference
Scientific research Evaluation ASD Italy Evaluation ASD on the job International closure Conference papers
Applicant Participation to the training course for assistance to ASD subjects on the job
Research on scientific literature Training to facilitators Benchmarking on case studies (Italy-Belgium) Final conference paper
Partner3 ALBATROS THEO PEETERS
Partner4 PATRICIA HOWLIN
Final results â€“ Dissemination activities
Research on scientific literature Training to facilitators Benchmarking on case studies (Italy-UK) Final conference paper
Demingâ€™s Wheel Methodology
1st phase: a data base on social integration of ASD subjects will be set up, with a specific focus on empowerment of facilitators and work placements. (WP leader Prof. Patricia Howlin, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London). 2nd phase: training of 16 facilitators (WP leader Dr. Theo Peeters, Opleidingscentrum Autisme Antwerp). 3rd phase (contemporary to the 2°phase): a group constituted of ASD evaluators will examine the individual skills of 40 ASD subjects in Umbria (60% of them high-functioning), also in benchmarking with the case studies observed by Patricia Howlin in UK and Peeters-De Clercq in Belgium; work placement evaluation will be leaded by Comunità Montana. (WP Leader Dr.Angiolo Pierini AUSL2). 4th phase: the ASD subjects evaluated as able to be tested within a work context will be supported at work by the tutors for 12 months (two cycles of 6 months each), 3 hours a day, 4 days a week. At the end of the project trials, 10/15 ASD subjects, will be chosen for a further six-months work placements (four within the project period, during the 5th phase). 6th phase: International Final Workshop and Conference organised by the Council for Health of Region Umbria, with a call for papers of experts, also involving the French association “Lea pour Samy” in a specific workshop for families and institutions. The conference proceedings will be edited, published and disseminated, as well as the project results. The SWANS network for “ASD subjects at work” will be launched and proposed for further development of project experiences at international and European level.
SWANS Project – Gantt Diagram PHASES
I PHASE II PHASE III PHASE IV PHASE V PHASE VI PHASE I PH. :STAFF BUILDING AND RESEARCH ON SCIENTIFIC DOCUMENTS II PH.:ADAPTATION AND TRANSFER OF TUTOR TRAINING III PH.:PRE-CHECK ANALYSIS (SUBJECT SKILLS, STAGE ASSESSMENT) AND SOCIAL PARTNERSHIP IV PH:PLACEMENTS AND TRAINING AT WORK (TRIALS) V PH.:TRAINING VOUCHER VI PH.:EVALUATION OF RESULTS AND FINAL CONFERENCE MEETINGS REPORTS
RESEARCH DATA BASE TRAINING OF TUTORS PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT TRIALS ASSESSMENT VOUCHER AFTER PROJECT FINAL CONFERENCE