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Improving school transition

This Erasmus+ project aims at decreasing difficulties that students on the autism spectrum face, specifically during the transition from primary to secondary school, in order to tackle early school leaving and disadvantage. Funded by the European Commission, the outputs of this project target both teachers, and autistic students and their peers in order to implement prevention measures and reduce risks of social exclusion, school failure, and school dropout.

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IPA2 partners survey education professionals to validate curriculum and training modules

Throughout the autumn of 2020, IPA2 partners surveyed education professionals in Spain, Portugal and Serbia to validate curricular content for a training course on improving scholar transitions from primary to secondary school for autistic students. The results of the survey provided insight into the types of knowledge and training teachers would benefit from. Over 75% of respondents placed very high importance on training for teachers focused on improving the transition of autistic students from primary to secondary [...]

Project partners make progress in developing curriculum and training modules with co-creation sessions

Since the launch of the IPA2 project, partners have been working to develop and execute the project’s activities. The activities of the IPA2 project aim to reduce the problem of school vulnerability of autistic students in the transition from primary to secondary school. In its initial phase, the project has been utilising co-creation methodologies to develop a curriculum as well as learning modules. Three co-creation sessions took place in Spain, Portugal and Serbia and had more than [...]

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IPA 2 partners so sorry for the loss of Isabel Cottinelli Telmo

Words seem too small to express the sadness we feel about Isabel Cottinelli Telmo’s death.
Isabel Cottinelli Telmo, former President of FPDA Portuguese Federation for Autism and the
Coordinator of the Portuguese team in the project IPA 2, passed away the last month of November 2021 due to Covid- 19 when she was 91 years old. Partners from IPA 2 are really sorry for her loss and they cannot believe that she is no longer with us. We were honoured and blessed to had had her in our team. Isabel Cottinelli Telmo was Professor PhD at Universidade Nova, UIED research. She had a Master of Arts in Education (Boston University). From 1984 to 2012 she was President of the Board of APPDA – Lisboa and from 1990 to 2008 she was Vice-President of Autism-Europe. She was also President of the Bureau of the Federation’s Congress and President of its Installation Commission and the first President of its Executive Council (2014 – 2020). An amazing defender of the Rights of People with Autism and their families, she had, since the beginning, a fundamental role in the creation, functioning, and development of Federação Portuguesa de Autismo. Her merit was recognized when she was awarded the degree of Grand Officer of the Order of Public Instruction in 2013. Much of her life has been dedicated to defending the rights of people with Autism and their families. A tireless fighter, she took part in many Commissions and Working Groups, defending the full application of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This is an irreparable loss. Professor Isabel Cottinelli Telmo was cherished dearly by all those who knew her. You and your nice smile will remain always in our hearts. Thank you for everything.

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