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Developing Inclusive learning environments for people with Disabilities

Developing Inclusive learning environments for people with Disabilities

Developing Inclusive learning environments for people with Disabilities

Course Overview

Inclusion and diversity rank on the top of Erasmus plus program agenda aiming to promote equal opportunities, access, and fairness for people with fewer opportunities, such as people with any form of disability. The barriers that those people face on a daily basis can hinder their participation in educational activities and make them feel marginalized or excluded from their learning environments. The EC Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion department (December 2021) reveals that Over 1 in 5 young people with disabilities leave school early, compared to 1 in 10 of those without disabilities.

As pointed out in the EU’s new ten-year strategy for the rights of persons with disabilities, we need to scale up action to remove obstacles and allow full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in society. Teachers, trainers, educational counsellors, and school psychologists should actively join this effort after obtaining the necessary knowledge and tools to support this shift to a more inclusive and accessible educational provision.

The aim of this course is to equip teachers, trainers, and educators etc. with the necessary knowledge and encourage them in order to involve more young people with hearing, visual or physical impairments in education, and implement more inclusive and engaging activities towards them.

Target Audience

This course is addressed to teachers, trainers, educational counsellors, career counsellors, school psychologists, headmasters, school management and administrative staff working in primary schools, secondary schools, vocational schools, training centers, adult education schools, higher education, and NGOs.

Course Objectives

  • Training teachers on the language and terminology used for people with disabilities and especially hearing, visual and physical impairments as well as on the basics of “disability etiquette”
  • Connecting them with non-formal educational methods that can be applied to the concept of inclusion
  • Supporting their capacity building on implementing inclusive projects for youngsters with visual, hearing, or physical disabilities both in terms of design and implementation
  • Providing them with training and tools for boosting and empowering the participation and engagement of young people with disabilities in different trainings and/or mobilities
  • Introducing them to online tools that can support alternative and augmentative communication as well as can make their documents and material accessible


The course methodology will be based on active involvement and experiential learning, since participants will be engaged in case studies, role plays and simulation exercises. Moreover, the course will apply Inquiry Based Learning and Collaborative Learning Techniques, since it will be consisted of short theoretical inputs, concrete exercises, and group discussions. Reflection upon and applying each approach/tool in your everyday teaching practice, you will gain new perspectives in the creation of an inclusive multicultural school environment.

Furthermore, the participants will receive preparatory material, which will cover all important concepts to be presented during the delivery of the course. If appraised, the trainer will also send you a questionnaire to identify needs and interest. By the end of each training day, the participants will have the opportunity to pose questions and exchange feedback with the facilitator and the other participants.

Topics Included

  • Disability
  • Social model
  • Medical model
  • Barriers
  • Non formal education
  • Inclusion
  • Accessibility
  • Peoples’ first language
  • Inclusive learning environments
  • Language and communication skills
  • Accessibility tools

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this Developing Inclusive learning environments for people with Disabilities course, participants will be able to:

  • Develop their knowledge on the themes of disability and inclusion
  • Acquire skills and competencies related to inclusion and accessibility
  • Improve language and communication skills such as language mediation and plain language skills
  • Increase knowledge on how to respectfully interact with people with disability
  • Use practical methods to create inclusive and accessible learning environments and activities
  • Deeper understand on the barriers faced by people with disabilities and methods to rase them
  • Know practical information and tools suitable for making documents, webpages, and platforms accessible

Type of Certification

  • Certificate of attendance of the training course
  • Europass mobility certificate – to be issued by the applicant’s NA

Day 1 – Introduction to the theme of Disability – Exclusion vs. Inclusion

  • Presentation of the program, Balloon of Expectation, fears and individual aims and contributions
  • Ice-breaking activities
  • Type of disabilities: myths and stereotypes
  • Videos on UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
  • Medical Model of Disability Versus Social Model of Disabilit

Day 2 – Language and terminology for people with disability

  • Energizers/Team building activities
  • People’s first language
  • Identity-first language
  • Disability Etiquette: Information and tips on how to respectfully interact with people with disabilities

Day 3 – Engage-Connect-Empower

  • Energizers/Team building activities
  • Language and communication skills: Language mediation, plain language, augmentative and alternative communication
  • How to approach and engage young people with disabilities
  • How to connect them with their peers and empower them become agents of inclusion

Day 4 – Learning environments for all!

  • Energizers/Team building activities
  • How can everybody be included (process of reverse engineering)
  • Designing and implementing youth inclusive activities
  • Disability awareness session: activities and resources to put yourself in the shoes of disabled people

Day 5 – Accessibility goes Digital

  • Examining digital resources
  • Making digital resources accessible
  • Accessibility of digital material for different types of disabilities
  • Lessons learned/ Evaluation and self-reflection/ Completion of the balloon with Fears, Expectations and Contributions

5 day course fee: 400€

The total cost includes:

  • Pre-arrival information
  • Administrative support before, during and after the training course
  • Course tuition and training materials
  • Training Certificate of Attendance
  • Confirmation of Europass Mobility Certificate
  • Administrative and organisational costs
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Cultural activities


Additionally, we can arrange for:

  • Accommodation (hotels & touristic apartments)
  • Trips
  • Airport transfer
  • Local transport


For additional services such as accommodation, guided city tours, airport, local transfers etc. as well as for courses lasting more or less than 5 days, please contact us for further information.

For groups of more than 5 persons from the same organization contact us so we can offer you a group discount.

Available Dates

  • 05/09/2022 – 10/09/2022
  • 03/10/2022 – 08/10/2022
  • 05/06/2023 – 10/06/2023

The above dates can be flexible, whereas new ones can also be provided to accommodate the needs or availability of participants. Please contact us to propose dates that better suit your group.

Thessaly Region

Thessaly is a geographical region in the central part of continental Greece. Its land is basically a large plain surrounded by high mountains. It borders to the north with the periphery of Macedonia, to the south with Sterea Ellada and to the west with Epirus, while on the east it is bathed by the Aegean Sea.

Thessaly is a blessed place. Let’s not forget that mountain Olympus is in it, the tallest mountain in Greece, where according to Greek Mythology, the 12 Gods used to live. The verdant green plains, the majestic mountains, the magnificent forests and the crystal clear waters of Aegean Sea, introduce the visitor to a region of unique and unspoiled nature.

Thessaly Region

In this prefecture you can tour the archaeological sites, see unique prehistoric and historical findings, monuments, churches and monasteries, landmarks of the history of the area. In Thessaly you can select the discreet tranquility and seek inspiration in the diversity of the landscape.

Larissa City

Larissa is the capital and largest city of Thessaly region of Greece and capital of the Larissa regional unit. It is a principal agricultural center and a national transportation hub, linked by road and rail with the port of Volos, the city of Thessaloniki and Athens. Larissa, within its municipality, has 162,591 inhabitants, while the regional unit of Larissa reached a population of 284,325. Today, Larissa is a major commercial and industrial center in Greece. Legend has it that Achilles was born here, and that Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, died here.

Larissa City

Larisa is a modern city built on the banks of Pinios river, and it is one of the most historic areas of Greece. It is a busy city, throbbing with life and strewn with monuments and points of interest. The city has beautiful squares, neighborhoods and parks, along with numerous commercial shops and many options as far as food and entertainment are concerned. It is said that the city has more than 1600 cafeterias (!) and is sometimes called as “the city of coffee”. But except for relaxing and drinking coffee, you should spend some time on sightseeing.

Activities In the city

  • The First Ancient Theater of Larissa, one of the registered city trademarks is and the largest theater in Thessaly, having a capacity of 10,000 people and it is located on the southern side of Frourio Hill in Larissa
  • The Diachronic Museum which contains important collections, from Paleolithic fossils to Byzantine times, Hellenistic and Roman sculptures, with an increased number of exhibits.
Diaxroniko Mouseio
Main exhibition
  • The Mill of Pappas (Mylos tou Pappa) which is a cultural heritage museum and a living part of our city’s history.
  • The Municipal Art Gallery of Larissa – G.I. Katsigras Museum where you can find significant art collections.
  • River Peneus, the river that runs through the city.
  • Fortress where the metropolitan church of Saint Achilleus is built.
  • The famous recreation area of Alcazar Park.
  • Τhe monument of Hippocrates where the grave of the “father of Medicine”, a marble statue and the Museum of Medicine can be found.

More cultural information you can find here.

Activities In the area

After you finish with the city center of Larissa, organize trips to the coastal settlements with the beautiful beaches or to the inner mountainous villages with the rich history and cultural tradition.

  • The rocks formations of Meteora, a UNESCO monument, in the prefecture of Trikala, attract a large number of foreign and Greek visitors, due to their unique nature.
  • The ski lovers can take the route to the Olympus ski center or Pelion ski center.
  • The valley of Tempi, formed between the mountains of Olympus and Ossa (Kissavos), with its verdant vegetation consisting mostly of water-loving trees, is one of the most picturesque areas of Greece. According to the Greek mythology, Dafni and the goddesses Artemis and Aphrodite used to bathe in the sources of the area.
  • The architecture and folklore lovers can visit the picturesque villages of Pelion or Ampelakia with the characteristic architectural style and history.
  • In the prefecture of Larissa, you can also enjoy the sea and the sun in the great sandy beaches of the Aegean Sea and take on water sports and other related activities. Greece has ranked second in the world among 49 countries on the 2021 Blue Flag quality award list for beaches with a total of 545 of its beaches receiving the Blue Flag label and 26 of them you can find in Thessaly!
Voreies Sporades
Agioi Saranta Thessaly

Thessaly is Welcoming You!!!


About the courses

  • We can provide laptops or any other technical equipment needed in our classrooms as well as other premises that we may visit during the training course. However, you are more than welcome to bring your own laptop.
  • English is the official language of our training courses.
  • We have planned interactive courses for a duration of five days / Each course has an additional excursion day.
  • All our trainees are provided with a certificate of attendance as well as all the necessary Europass or Youthpass Mobility documents at the end of their course. For more information on the Europass Mobility documents, consult your National Europass Centre.
  • We are flexible to design a tailor-made course for your organization, if there is a minimum number of participants, so don’t hesitate to contact us to hear your needs and requests and adapt them in our existing courses.
  • You can express your interest in more than one course since the application is submitted by an organization. Therefore, you can choose different courses to be attended by several people from your organisation. Please check how many applications can be submitted by each organization and what are the aims of your organization in terms of the professional development of the staff.

About your application

  • There is not a deadline for expressing your interest in a course, however, there is a deadline for submitting your application for the Erasmus+ funding. The deadline for 2022 is the 23rd of February 2022. You can contact us before that, in order to help you with your application form.
  • You should apply through your organization (e.g. school, NGO, Adult Centre etc.) in order to be eligible for the funding provided by the Erasmus+ program, not as an individual.
  • The host organization that you may choose, must be located in a different country than your own organization. The mobility is approved only between two different countries.
  • Organizations, eligible for this kind of learning opportunities, are:
    • Any public or private Higher Education institution
    • Any public or private organization in the field of Vocational Education and Training (VET)
    • Any public or private school
    • Any public or private organization in the field of adult education
    • Any Youth organization or NGO

    More information can be provided by your National Agency.

  • You do not need to send any money at this preparatory phase. Money needs to be transferred after the approval of your organization’s application by the NA of your country.
  • PIC number is the 9-digit Participant Identification Code that is used to identify organizations and it is provided after their registration on the Erasmus+ platform.
  • OID number is the 8-digit Organisation ID, which is prefixed with an E, and it is obtained in order to identify organisations. Organisations that have already participated in Erasmus+ projects and have a PIC number, have been assigned an OID automatically therefore, they do not need to register again.
  • The National Agency of your country is responsible to approve or not your application. Unfortunately, we are not the ones to do so.
  • KAINOTOMIA PIC 921613006 & OID E10137242 numbers

Here you can find useful links that may help you in your proposal submission:

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Please note:

The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the trainer delivering the specific session and the requests of the participants.

If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion.

The trainer will send you the definitive course schedule approximately two weeks before the course as well as preparatory material (if needed), which will cover all important concepts to be presented during the delivery of the course.

If you don’t find a course that matches your specifics, please contact us so we can arrange a tailor-made course that better suits your needs and requests.

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