The Research Institute on Social Welfare Policy (POLIBIENESTAR) at the University of Valencia, coordinator of the IPA+ project, hosted the first Transnational Meeting on December 1st and 2nd 2016 in Valencia, Spain. This kick-off meeting, attended by 12 people from four different countries, aimed to share an understanding of the project’s purpose, as well as to ensure the project’s viability and success.
Different organisational aspects, such as the main objectives, programme development, methodologies, tasks, roles, dissemination and evaluation strategies and finances, were addressed during this two-day meeting.
POLIBIENESTAR reported on the first phase of the project, consisting of research into curricular and training requirements to develop a training course for professionals working with people on the autism spectrum. The main findings of this literature review and interview with different focus groups aimed at providing an accurate and innovative synthesis of the curricular requirements.
These focus groups involve professionals from each participating country with at least 5 years of experience. Participants are from the field of education, academics, researchers, staff working on diagnostics and early treatment working with adults, etc.
Furthermore, IPA + partners pledged to work together on providing a curriculum with agreed goals and contents for the development of the subsequent learning modules and for the course’s implementation afterwards. This curriculum should be based on the results of the literature review and focus groups presented during the kick-off meeting.
IPA+ partners will meet again on April 27th, 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. The project foresees four transnational meetings over its two-year lifespan.