Project Partners

atempo BetriebsGesmbH

atempo is a non profit organisation and an experienced social enterprise specialised in the field of raising the quality of life for people with disabilities. atempo is committed to ensuring
that all people have equal rights to live, learn and work. atempo develops products in the areas of general education, integration into the labour market, accessibility and evaluation of social services.

 

Based in Graz, Austria we have more than 20 years of experience in working with and for people with disabilities. The aim of all atempo activities is to work towards equalisation of people with learning difficulties and disabilities. Besides atempo works to remove barriers hindering people with learning difficulties and disabilities to take part in society as equal citizens. Via its work within many European project partnerships atempo cooperates with lots of similar organisations and initiatives all over Europe. In their organisation atempo has 3 departments: capito, Nueva and education and career. capito is Italian and means “I have understood”. capito produces information which is“easy to read” or “easy to understand” and accessible in terms of technical accessibility. With “Nueva” atempo define, evaluate and describe the quality of services out of the perspective of service users. The department “Education and Career” provides vocational training for young people with learning and other disabilities.

Website: https://www.atempo.at/inklusion-in-der-schule/

Role in the project

atempo is the coordinating organisation in this project, monitors the project process and is responsible for  development of some parts of the curriculum. The existing DigiCoaches from atempo have a supporting role in the project. They contribute their experience to the project. atempo will be working on PR 1 – analyse report in cooperation with the Uni Graz. Additionally, the organisation will develop Module 2 “Media Competence” and Module 4 “Social and communicative skill” together with SJOGC. Atempo will be responsible for the content creation of the curriculum and learning materials for these modules.

 

Project Team

Mag. Eveline Wiesenhofer (project managment)

Eveline Wiesenhofer is teacher and project coordinator in this project. She coordinates the process of the project, monitors the milestones and works in the development of materials.

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Digital Coaches: 

 

Lisa Franz, BEd MA (head of the department of digital education)

Lisa Franz is the head of the department of digital inclusive education at atempo. In this project she coordiantes the development of the curriculum and developes materials.

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Barbara Schmid (trainer) 

Barbara Schmid trains people with disabilities. Within her trainings she enable people to work in an creative way with digital devices. In this project she trains our DigiCoaches, accompanies them to school and develops materials. 

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Philipp Kamenschak

Philipp has been working as a DigiCoach in a primary school in Graz since October 2019. He is there four days a week and works with different classes. He believes that being a DigiCoach has allowed him to:

  • Independence
  • Learning how to work with children
  • Support Digital Education

Patrick  Amreich

Patrick has been working as a DigiCoach in a primary school in Graz since 2018.
He is there four days a week and works with one class. He says the best things about being a DigiCoach are:

  • Learning
  • Having fun
  • To monitor the learning progress of the children

Bastian Präpasser

Bastian has been working as a DigiCoach in a primary school in Graz since 2018.
He is there four days a week and works with one class. He says the best things about being a DigiCoach are:

  • Helping children
  • Interacting with children
  • Digital work

Kevin Gritsch

Kevin has been working as a DigiCoach in a primary school in Graz since 2018.
He is there four days a week and works with different classes.
He associates his work as DigiCoach with:

  • Commonality
  • Equality of human beings
  • Digital Education

Salko Causevic

Salko has been working as a DigiCoach in a primary school in Graz since 2022.
He is there three days a week and works with one inter-grade class. He says as DigiCoach he:

  • can be a role model for others.
  • wants to share his expertise with the children and teachers.
  • enjoys working on his own skills at atempo.

University of Graz

Founded in 1585, the University of Graz (Uni Graz) is the second oldest university in Austria. With about 31.000 students and 4.300 employees, it is one of the largest institutions of higher education in Austria. It is a comprehensive university offering about 120 study programs at 76 institutes, which are organized in six faculties. The university has a strong international profile and is involved in numerous global networks (e.g. Coimbra Group and Utrecht Network). Through these networks and various projects and activities, it is connected with about 500 international partner institutions. The university’s expertise includes the implementation and administration of international research and educational projects with partners from around the world. It is a member in the “Arqus European University Alliance”, which receives EU funding in the Erasmus+ action “European Universities”. In its international project activities, the university is committed to the transfer of know-how and the development and implementation of project-related objectives for the benefit of and progress in higher education. In basic and applied research, the university fosters topical and methodological variety within an international cooperation network and builds its profile by determining research focuses under the consideration of socially relevant research questions. Innovative interdisciplinary research and cooperation are amongst the subjects especially encouraged. 

Website: https://bildungsforschung.uni-graz.at/de/institut/arbeitsbereiche-und-zentren/integrationspaedagogik-und-heilpaedagogische-psychologie/forschung/said/

Role in the project

The University of Graz is a partner in the project and will be leading the evaluation process. Additionally, the university will be involved in the development of the curriculum for the future training of Digital Coaches and monitor dissemination and exploitation of project materials and outcomes, working closely together with the other partners. 

 

Project Team

Ass.-Prof. Dipl.-Sprachwiss. Susanne Seifert, PhD (management, researcher):

Susanne Seifert is Assistant-Professor for Inclusive Education at the University of Graz. In this project, she is involved with her team in the analysis phase and designing the curriculum.

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Valerie Fredericks, BA MSc (researcher):

Valerie Fredericks is Research Assistant at the University of Graz. Part of her doctoral thesis will be focused on teachers’ thoughts and competences when working with DigiCoaches in their classrooms.

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Yvonne Fasching, BA (researcher):

Yvonne Fasching is Student Assistant at the University of Graz and is currently writing her Master’s thesis in Inclusive Education. She is involved, e.g., in the analysis phase and curriculum design. 

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Saint John of God Community Service Ireland

SJOGCS provides support for over 800 people with intellectual disabilities. They are leaders in advocating and supporting engagement with digital technologies.  This was possible due to the partnerships and impact of a number of Erasmus+funded projects. These projects along with this proposal work towards building the capacity of people with disabilities through innovative digital accessibility engagement projects. SJOG has also championed a number of co-design projects and this knowledge of co-design will facilitate this process to be as inclusive and self-determined as possible for the participants.

Website: https://sjogliffeyservices.ie/news/

 

Role in the project

SJOG is a partner in the project and will be leading the creation of the  PR 4 – Handbook for schools in cooperation with BCLL. Additionally, the organisation will develop the Basic Digital Skills (Module 2): SJOG Community Service will be responsible for the content creation of the curriculum and learning materials for this module.

 

Project Team

Patrick Fitzgerald

Patrick is a self-advocate and chairperson of the Liffey Voices self-advocacy committee in Saint John of God Community Services Liffey Services. He is currently a paid co-designer with the SJOG research foundation, and assistive technology is something he is very passionate about. Patrick has also been involved with TUDublin Co-Design projects and, this year, collected the UNZeroProject award on behalf of the project participants.

Sarah Gavra Boland

Sarah is a Digital Accessibility and Assistive Technology (AT) Facilitator and has worked with Saint John of God Community Services since 2013.  She has worked on various local and international projects focusing on digital accessibility to bridge the digital divide. Sarah has been the SJOG project lead on six Erasmus+ projects focusing on digital accessibility and assistive technology. Sarah has recently completed her Master’s in digital health Transformation with UL and is currently the SJOG partner lead for the AT Passport project funded by CREATE.

Colin

Colin O’brien

Colin is a Digital Technology Project Assistant with a background in visual communication, illustration, graphic design, and fine art.

Klara Gyarmathy

Klara is an AT facilitator at SJOG with a background in education. Currently studying towards a degree in Psychology with  technology specialisation.

Fatima Badmos

Fatima is a Digital Technology Project Assistant at SJOG. She has a background in human-computer Interaction, web design, and web-based instructional design. Fatima is presently pursuing a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction.

TRYcamps Language School is a private company in Finland established in 2014 (under a name of piTRY Education and TRYcamps, since 2019 TRYcamps Language School Ltd). We are specialized in delivering summer school camps to children from 9 up to 19 years of age. During winter months we deliver online lessons, language courses for adults and inservice / CPD-courses to teachers (Finnish and European (KA1)), librarians and other county officials. Trainings include: language learning, ICT knowhow/ledge, ICT in Education / Teaching, SEND methods / teaching, Pedagogical approach/Curriculum implementation, Positive education, Knowledge Evaluation, Phenomena based learning, Flipped learning, Social Media, Video productions and hands-on workshops. 

Website: https://www.trycamps.fi/teachers/said-project/

Role in the project

TryCamps is a partner in the project and will be leading the creation of the  PR 3 – Methodological guidebook for pedagogical staff. Additionally, the organisation will develop the SAID Toolbox (Module 3) and will be responsible for the content creation of the curriculum and learning materials for this module. 

Project Team

Petri Ilmonen, MEd   

Petri Ilmonen has a degree of Master of Education (Finland) and he has specialized in ICT in Education and Special Needs & Inclusive Education. He brings his expertise to the development of the SAID Toolbox and related materials. 

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Annika Ronkainen

Annika studied languages and education in the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. She has six years of experience as a home room teacher in a school where teaching is arranged following the the guidelines of inclusive approach, positive education and  competency-based learning. In this project Annika participates in the design of the pedagogical handbook.