In March 2017, KoMiT GmbH Vienna applied for a grant from the European Commission to establish an Erasmus+ strategic partnership for an exchange of good practice; the application was successful, and in October 2017 we could start our project.
The core team of the project consists of nine persons, three from each partner institution (KoMiT Vienna / Austria, Paces Sheffield / United Kingdom, Phönix Munich / Germany). Most of them are conductors (Hungarian trained, the UK trained, Austrian trained) and all of them have experience in working with adolescents and adults in CE settings.
See here a section of the summary of our application:
The primary aim of Conductive Education is to equip people with a disability (typically cerebral palsy) to lead as independent and self-determined a way of life as possible.
Originally developed for children with cerebral palsy, Conductive Education prepared them in special kindergarten and school groups for integration into mainstream schools. As children with more severe disabilities are now being taught in schools following the principles of Conductive Education, the number of those who cannot be included in mainstream schools without problems has risen.
Although following the concept of inclusion, such students – regardless of their impairment and assisted by additional staff – should attend classes in mainstream schools, many parents and pedagogues think that the needs of those students can be better met with personalised support in specialist groups. However, empowerment and establishing preconditions for inclusion are central concerns.
During the past ten years, for persons leaving formal schooling, the need for follow-on settings has become apparent. So, structured day facilities based on the principles of Conductive Education have been established. There are also some places that offer sheltered living with Conductive Education.
However, there is quite an uncertainty how Conductive Education can be adapted to meet the demands of adult participants. There has so far not been any exchange of opinion and good practice. Also, no relevant literature can be found. This fact alone suggests the assumption that this project might be one of the first approaches towards the topic.
On this basis, four transnational project meetings and the time between within one year were utilised to find a common attitude towards this field of work, collect considerations and develop recommendations for the interested public.
It is obvious, that the framework conditions of the participating institutions are very different – and so might be those the reader of this handbook will be confronted with. Also, an exchange of opinion and good practice will rather lead to questions and possible answers than to clear solutions. Nevertheless, we hope to be able to give some good suggestions about this.
Here is the result – our website and a “handbook”. The website will stay online for one year, and if there is adequate demand, it might be kept online for a longer time (maybe within the frame of a possible follow – up the project).