On December 17, 14 partners from Spain, Portugal, Italy, Serbia and Belgium participated in the third transnational meeting of the IPA2 project to assess the project’s progress as well as to ensure its viability and success. The meeting, that was supposed to be hosted by project partner SocialIT in Italy, was held online via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

After a welcome and introduction, project coordinator Polibienestar confirms the approval of the project extension requested due to the COVID-19 emergency, delaying the end of the project by 5 months to February 2022.

After having conclude the co-creation sessions, partners are now using these results to develop the IP2 curriculum and learning modules. Under the coordination of Serbian partner, A Thousand Wishes Foundation, FPDA and Autism Burgos will develop training materials addressing the following topics:

  1. Basic and advanced knowledge on autism and autistic student’s needs and problems
  2. Autistic students’ needs and problems
  3. Intervention strategies/skills needed
  4. Absenteeism and early school leaving
  5. Coordination strategies

During the last months, Autismo Burgos has been working on the development of the guidelines for teachers and videos for students to improve school transitions. These videos have been created and edited with the support of young people on the autism spectrum using a visual effect from life to animation, in order to keep their privacy.

Furthermore, Italian parents from SocialIT introduced the basics of the IPA2 e-learning platform set up on Moodle and Autism-Europe’s partners introduced the new dedicated website of the project and featured the performance of other project channels, such as the e-newsletter or the social media channels.

At this meeting, other different topics related to the project management were also covered, such as impact, finances or the new work plan.

IPA2 partners will meet again in April 2021. The project foresees four transnational meetings over its three-years lifespan.