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Implementation Period:

1 November 2012- 31 October 2014
Financed by: LifeLong Learning Programme of the European Commission
Project Number: 2012- 3827/001-001
Project Coordinator: The Trebnje Centre for Education and Culture, Slovenia
Project Partners:

The SOŽITJE Association, Slovenia
Association for Education and Development of Disabled People – ASEDDEDIPE, Greece
Vilnius Roma Community Centre – RCC, Lithuania


ExpROM logoThe motivation

For more than a thousand years, Roma people have been an integral part of European civilisation. Today, an estimated population of Roma in the EU is approximately 6 million and 10 to 12 million in Europe. Assuming a prevalence of 2.5% there are 150.000 Roma with intellectual disabilities in the EU, and twice as much in Europe.
The motivation behind the project is that Roma with intellectual disabilities face doubled marginalisation. Roma in general are stigmatised by society on a daily basis, which can be seen in their non-acceptance in general society, very poor or complete lack of education, high level of unemployment, poor living standards, etc. The situation is even more worrying with regard to Roma with intellectual disabilities.  Due to poor education and a lack of information, Roma families and Roma society in general are not familiar with intellectual disabilities. Because of this, intellectually disabled Roma are often not included in the everyday life of the Roma on an equal basis. Furthermore it is left to the family to care for them, which is often not appropriate. What makes this issue even more worrying is that educational specialists and social workers working with people with special needs and their families or with the Roma are not properly qualified to work with intellectually disabled Roma. In this context, professionals must take into account the particular community environment as well as cultural differences in the way that the Roma communicate, move and behave.


The goal and the aims

The goal of the project is to empower professionals and experts who already work with persons with intellectual disabilities or with the Roma. Through targeted education based on an innovative curriculum, they will become qualified to support Roma with intellectual disability and their families. Moreover they will become competent to raise awareness among Roma about intellectual disabilities in order to combat discrimination and to enhance the acceptance of intellectually disabled Roma in their own society and society in general.
The concrete aims and objectives of the project are:

  • to conduct a survey on the awareness of intellectual disabilities within the Roma communities and among other relevant stakeholders;

  • to define conceptual and contextual guidance for the educational curriculum, based on the results of the survey;

  • to develop the curriculum into a 50-hour course for professional education of experts;

  • to prepare the teaching materials, a manual for trainers, a manual for trainees and a teaching DV;

  • to implement the curriculum in practice through a 50-hour course for professional education of experts;

  • to promote the goals and objectives of the project among the general public and to raise general awareness about the double discrimination against intellectually disabled Roma in this way;

  • to design a plan for future dissemination of the curriculum and teaching materials in other countries in order to ensure sustained project value.

For further information, please visit the project website at http://www.exp-rom.eu/