What a wonderful group of people in Rome!

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Disabuse project in Rome

What a wonderful group of people in Rome!

Category:Seminars

What a wonderful group of people tackling bullying and cyberbullying in Rome as part of our IADT erasmus + project called Stop Disabuse, which runs in Ireland, Italy, Spain and Portugal .Hearing stories of how the materials we developed at IADT with the Antibullying Centre in DCU helped these young people in their lives moved me a lot. See www.disabuse.eu for more details. The news tab is the best!


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European Parliament Coordinator for Children’s Rights

Category:Seminars

Marian McDonnell from Lets go Skills  and Lian McGuire (ABC, DCU) continue to represent DisAbuse at the World Anti-Bullying Forum in Dublin, Ireland, including speaking with the new , Anna Maria Corazza Bildt . Anna Maria is the European Parliament Coordinator for children’s rights. She is the spokesperson for the entire European Parliament, ensuring the promotion, respect and safeguarding of children´s rights in all European Parliament policies and legislation and that the best interests of children are always fully respected in EU legislation and non-legislative initiatives of the Parliament


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WORLD ANTIBULLYING FORUM PRESENTATION

Category:Seminars

The partners from Lets go Skills  were joined ABC for their Workshop on DisAbuse and Disablist Bullying at the World Anti Bullying Forum. Prof. Mona O’Moore, Lian McGuire, Fiona Weldon, Irene Connolly & Marian McDonnell delivered a workshop presentation Tuesday June 4th at 10.30 in the Helix theatre at Dublin City University, Dublin.

The workshop showed that DisAbuse aims to empower young people (15+) and adults with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEN/D) and their support services / care workers and teachers to educate about and take charge around the issue of disablist bullying to help prevent and intervene in it’s happening.

By drawing on the direct input and experiences of people with SEN/D, alongside international research and best practice for educating about disablist bullying and utilising techniques such as
•eLearning
•partnered learning
•peer learning
•Lego Serious Play


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Multimedia materials developed by the Let’s go Skills team at IADT and DCU being tested in Rome

Category:Workshops

The first meeting of the DisAbuse project took place today at Fondazione Mondo Digital in Rome using the multimedia materials developed by the Let’s go Skills team at IADT and DCU. 13 young people with special educational needs and 12 teachers, trainers, and psychologists, talked about their bullying experiences today. They were able to learn from each other to recognize the phenomenon and to understand how they can cope and tackle bullying. Fondazione Mondo Digitale facilitators guided the reflection using the materials developed together with the project partners as well as Lego® Serious Play® Learning tools.


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Irish Service Users and Support Workers/Instructors/Teachers began the pilot course

Category:Pilot testing

The Irish Partners, IADT and DCU in conjunction with Irish Service Users and Support Workers/Instructors/Teachers began the piloting and evaluation of the modules of the DisAbuse Training Project this week.  With great interaction, participation and feedback thus far, these sessions will run twice weekly in two cohorts over the next three weeks on the campuses of St. Patricks & All Hallows, DCU in Drumcondra.


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Let’s Stop Bullying widely praised in Spain

Category:Workshops

The Let’sGoSkills team was hosted by the Universidad de Murcia, Spain recently. The work completed to date by the Let’sGoSkills team on the Let’s Stop Bullying was widely praised by partner countries at the third STOP DisAbuse Partner Meeting in Murcia. The Disabuse project is being led by the Anti-Bullying centre at DCU. This centre is the UNESCO Chair on Tackling Bullying in Schools and Cyberspace.

The next step is to begin the piloting of the new course on countering Disablist Bullying for SEN/D users and Teachers/Trainers from January to April 2019 . This piloting of the instructional application will take place in educational centres in Ireland, Spain , Portugal and Italy.


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INTERNATIONAL DISABUSE SEMINAR IN MURCIA, SPAIN

Category:Seminars

The third DISABUSE Multiplier Event and Partner Lego Methodology Workshop and Partner Meeting will be held at Universidad de Murcia, Spain.

15 – 16 October 2018.

This conference will be held on the subject of bullying and cyberbullying of people with SEN/D at the University of Murcia together with a meeting of the DisAbuse EU project partners. Professor Pilar Arnaiz, who is an expert in the topic of people with SEN(D) and who has directed a thesis on cyberbullying, will participate in this conference. She will present her perspective on this problem.

Two associations of people with disabilities will participate: Asteamur and Fundown. Asteamur is an association of people with autism. Research shows that people with autism are the ones who suffer most from bullying at school. This association goes to schools to give talks about the bullying suffered by people with autism. Fundown is an association that works with people with Down’s Syndrome in all aspects of life, including bullying issues. Finally, Luis F. Martínez, Head of CARM’s Diversity Service, will tell us about the current situation of people with SEN in the Region of Murcia in relation to bullying.


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INTERACTIVE MATERIAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOP

Category:Workshops

The Let’s Go Skills hosted a workshop today of the partners from ABC,DCU on the multimedia development of the materials for the DisAbuse training course. Six full modules were discussed and reviewed. Recommendations were made around how to make the materials interactive and engaging.


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INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR IN LISBON

Category:Seminars

Let’s Go skills partners Marian McDonnell and Dr Irene Connolly attended and presented at the  2nd International DisAbuse Seminar on the 9th of March in ISCTE-IUL in Lisbon.

Partners from all countries presented alongside the Ana Sofia Antunes – Portuguese State Secretary of Inclusion of People with Disabilities, Carla Moleiro – Director of CIS-IUL, ISCTE-IUL and prestigious guests from the Portuguese Association of Disabled People; APPACDM – The Portuguese Association of Parents and Friends of the Mentally Disadvantaged Citizen and Pró-Inclusão the National Association of Teachers of Special Education.

The focus of the Seminar was current Research and Best Practice cross-nationally, reflecting the first project aim of DisAbuse. The multi-lingual version of the DisAbuse website and content management system in English, Portuguese, Spanish & Italian, which was developed by the team at IADT,  was launched.

 

 

One of the main aims of the DisAbuse Project is to give SEN/D individuals voice in how the issue of disablist bullying is addressed and tackled, and amongst the guests were future participants/evaluators for the pilot testing phase of DisAbuse’s course work. As part of this, the floor was opened for an affective, instructive and emotive discussion of the bullying experiences of SEN/D individuals and those who care and work with them, underlying the value of the work being done by the project, and the necessity of directly involving those who it aims to help. You can follow the DisAbuse Facebook Page at This Link

When invited speakers finished their presentations at the conference, participants at the 2nd DisAbuse session to counter disablist bullying engaged in discussion about bullying among SEN/D individuals and what needs to be done.


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Focus groups and UX testing

Category:Focus Groups

We have been holding small focus groups with Sen(D) users  to get their views about disablist bullying. We have been gathering feedback on an early stage prototype instructional multimedia application that we are developing​ at IADT. This application’s function is to teach SEN(D) users about staying safe from bullying, both face to face, and in an online environment. The feedback so far from the users themselves has been very positive. They like the look and feel of the instructional application, the colour scheme and graphics. But they want more video and audio stories. They also wanted more games and less text. Over the month of February 2018, we will have collected feedback from 22 SEN(D)  users in total.