On December 18 and 19 2019, the first transnational meeting for the IPA2 project took place in Valencia, Spain. Project partners from Portugal, Italy, Serbia and Belgium travelled to Valencia to discuss the project.

The kick-off meeting was attended by 7 individual partners and aimed to share understanding of the purpose of the project as well as to ensure the project’s viability and success. Partners who attended the meeting were from the research institute Polibienestar (Spain); autism NGOs Autismo Burgos (Spain), the Portuguese Federation for Autism (FPDA), and the Foundation A Thousand of Wishes- Fondacija hiljadu zelja (Serbia); the technological company Social IT (Italy), and the European umbrella organisation Autism-Europe (Belgium).

Different topics were addressed during the two-day meeting including the role of each partner, the projects’ main outputs, dissemination and coordination aspects and the next steps. At this initial stage, partners are designing a co-created curriculum and learning Modules for teachers by working with teachers, people on the autism spectrum, and their families.

A second transnational meeting will take place in May 2020 in Belgrade, Serbia. The project foresees four transnational meetings and five national events hosted by partner countries; Italy, Belgium, Portugal, Spain and Serbia over its two-years lifespan.