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Title: ALDO – Adults with a Learning Disability – Observatory of Best Practice

Project type: LLP / KA4 Multilateral projects
Ref. no.: 543065-LLP-2013-IE-KA4-KA4MP

Promoter /Coordinator: Louth and Meath Education and Training Board, IE

Duration: 2 years
Actual stage: in progress

Total value of the contract: 399726 Euro

Contract value for Group for European Integration: 29506 Euro

Summary and objectives

The aims of the project are:

(1) to support improvements in the quality and accessibility of education and training for adults with a learning disability by identifying and validating best practice approaches;

(2) to promote increased use of the best practice resources identified by raising awareness of the resources and presenting them in one central online portal or observatory.

The objectives of the project are;

• to identify innovative best practice approaches to the provision of education and training for people with disabilities

• to highlight the different possibilities and potential benefits of applying ICT in a variety of ways in different educational contexts and settings for people with disabilities

• to identify the required continuous professional development supports for tutors and trainers working with disabled adults that will facilitate the integration of the best practice models selected into core service provision at all relevant educational levels and in all appropriate educational settings

• to create an online best practice observatory where all materials are presented, discussed and accessible to education staff

• to support national and transnational interaction between tutors and trainers supporting the learning needs of adults with a learning disability through the provision of a dedicated social media environment

• to promote a focus on recycling best practice methodologies and philosophies encouraging experts and professionals to engage in critical reflection on past achievements on which to build future interventions

In order to achieve these aims and objectives a series of best practice examples from a range of geographical and educational situations will be identified, assessed and considered. As a large proportion of adult learning takes place in non-formal and informal learning environments examples from ‘non-traditional’ educational settings will be identified as far as possible. Within the consideration of possible examples, innovation will be considered as the use of ‘everyday’ technology in unexpected or untried ways within a particular educational setting or context, as well as the use of newly developed technologies for education.

The presentation of best practice resources for adults with a learning disability will be structured under the following thematic headings;

(a) personal access to information and knowledge;

(b) learning and teaching situations;

(c) personal communication and interaction;

(d) access to educational administrative procedures;

It is not the intention of partners to present a “fait a complit” to education managers or staff, rather it is partner’s desire that potential end-users of the best practice models identified play a pivotal role in their selection, assessment and validation thereby ensuring a sense of ownership is generated from the earliest stages of project development.


-          Project meetings;

-          Quality plan;

-          Evaluation report;

-          A resource database that will host all the 24 tools identified as best practice examples.

-          Summary Research Report;

-          Research Team Meeting Report;

-          Resource Library will contain all of the tools and resources identified as best practice models in their original format. All resources will be available in English and the original languages in which they were developed. At least 6 best practice tools and resources for each of the selected thematic areas will be included.

-          Assessment Team Meeting Report;

-          Teacher Training Tool-kit that will contain all of the teacher training tools and resources necessary to support the use of the best practice models selected.

-          In-service Team Meeting Report;

-          Dissemination Plan;

-          Dissemination Team Meeting Report;

-          Dissemination Seminars (2 per country, with at least 50 participants each seminar);

-          Project Website;

-          Newsletters (every 6 months);

-          Promotional Posters and Materials;

-          Exploitation Plan;

-          Exploitation Team Meeting Report;

-          Online Observatory;

-          Final Conference;

-          Video Documentary, Academic Journal Articles.


  1. Louth and Meath Education and Training Board, IE (coordinator)
  2. Centre for Advancement of Research & Development in Education, CY
  3. Grupul pentru Integrare Europeana, RO
  4. E Learning Concepts Rietsch KEG, AT
  5. European Association of Service Providers for Persons with disabilities, BE
  6. University Enterprise Training Partnership Region of Murcia, ES

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