The Innovative Vocational Education for Autism (IVEA) project aims at fostering social inclusion of people with autism through employment by developing a European holistic guide. Running from October 2018 to March 2021, the project is funded by the European Commission’s Erasmus + Programme.
People on the autism spectrum usually struggle to gain and maintain employment for a range of reasons. The most obvious of these is their inherent difficulties with communication and social interaction, which affect their abilities to understand employers’ expectations and communicate effectively with managers and colleagues. The deficits in executive functioning and hyper-sensitivity to sensory stimuli, such as sound and light, that some people with autism experience can also make it difficult to get, an/or keep a job.
Thus, the IVEA project aims at hearing autistic people what they think that lacks in their training. There are soft skills that should be introduced to complement the academic curricula, including social and daily life skills and independence.
The project brings together universities, and autism associations, professionals and NGOs across Europe to create a new European Guide for the effective vocational training of autistic people in order to contribute for their successful employment.
The guide will be the result of two different trialed training courses: one for people on the autism spectrum and other one for representatives of potential employers (stakeholders, staff from NGO’s, administrative departments, shops). Participants of these trainings will interwave in a final internship for people with autism in the entities above referred.
Those involved come from various backgrounds – both national and cultural – and have a wide set of skills. The project coordinator, the Federação Portuguesa de Autismo (FPDA) works closely with all the other partners: Universidade Católica Portuguesa (Portugal), Autismo Burgos (Spain), Mars autistákért Alapitvány (Hungary), Intermediakt (Greece) and Autism-Europe (Belgium).
About the Erasmus+ Programme
Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe. Its budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain experience, and volunteer abroad.