Training event for educators in Latvia

Project partners from Lithuania, Greece, the Netherlands, Romania and Cyprus meets in Latvia to implement a 5-day educators training for young people with autism spectrum disorders.

Five-day short-term training event (C1) took place from 3 January to 7 January 2022 in the premises of the University of Latvia, faculty of Education, Psychology and Art. Educators of young people with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) within the framework of the Erasmus KA204 project “NEurodiversity at work: Supporting young adults with ASD enter and succeed at the  workplace” from six countries participated in the training event.

Tasks of the event:

  • Feel more confident working with individuals with ASD  
  • Become familiar with the joint curriculum and handbook (IO1), the online tutorials (IO2) and e-Learning platform (IO3) 
  • Recognize the basic soft skills applicable in a workplace environment for young people with autism and become able to apply their principles in their trainings 

The training helped educators to be acquainted with the program and methodological materials developed in the project and placed in the e-platform. Educators were acquiring the necessary knowledge and skills to implement the program and work with young people and young adults with ASD. Training supported educators to work with young people with ASD online and in present, as well as test the operation of the e-learning platform and provide feedback.

Over the course of five days, participants, both face-to-face and remotely, learned the project’s curriculum for developing the skills needed by young people and young adults with ASD work environment, as well as the e-platform and methodological materials.

Participants learned the following topics:

How does autism affect a person’s life? Strengths of People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Barriers to finding work for young adults with ASD. Support for mentors and educators. Support for jobseekers with ASD, job skills. Support for employees with ASD, social skills, communication skills, problem solving skills.

Project participants visited the University of Latvia Museum, as well as visited Riga 5th Secondary School – Development Center.

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