Autism-Europe’s multiplier event for DiGiTool took place on May 24 in the European Parliament in Brussels hosted by Member of European Parliament (MEP) Chiara Maria Gemma from Italy and included on-site interventions from Autism-Europe’s board members, project coordinator Inovar Autismo (Portugal), project partner Autismo Sevilla (Spain) as well as ISCTE-IUL (Portugal).
The multiplier event was part of a conference entitled “Building Inclusive Education and Employment for autistic people” hosted by MEP Chiara Gemma (ECR, Italy) in the European Parliament in Brussels to present several Erasmus+ projects and initiatives Autism-Europe and other stakeholders are involved.
The first panel was dedicated to DiGiTool was kick started by Autism-Europe’s autistic board member Adam Harris from Irish autism charity AsIam by sharing his own lived experience as an autistic person trying to access education. Adam made a compelling call for training teachers in autism.
This is the aim of DiGiTool presented during by Ana Albuquerque Nogueira, President of Inovar Autismo, coordinating DiGiTool. In Ana’s words, “with the participation of teachers, autistic students and their families, we developed a training for teachers to learn how to work with autistic students using information and communication technologies.” Angélica Gutiérrez González from project partner Autismo Sevilla recounted how Inovar Autismo, Autismo Sevilla and Diversamente ODV piloted the training course in their associations. Jose Nogueira, from partner ISCTE-IUL, closed the panel and presented the preliminary results of the project evaluation, attesting its relevance and usefulness.