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    • Dr.Alan Bruce, Universal Learning SystemsLINQ Conference: Rome, Italy (17 May 2013)LINQ Conference Rome: May 2013, Dr Alan Bruce ULS/FIESTA Network
    •  Historic pattern of low expectations Institutionalization and ‘special’ needs Embedded imagery of dependence Family, support and care Medicalization of discourse Recognition of achievements Teaching – and learning – around differenceLINQ Conference Rome: May 2013, Dr Alan Bruce ULS/FIESTA Network
    •  Families Communities Culture and beliefs Schooling, learning and research Media and portrayal – the charity factor Transition and technologies Work, employment and a full life Permanent dependence or rights?LINQ Conference Rome: May 2013, Dr Alan Bruce ULS/FIESTA Network
    •  Coordination Multidisciplinary linkage Shared perspectives Meaningful progression Family engagement Flexibility Satisfaction and engagementLINQ Conference Rome: May 2013, Dr Alan Bruce ULS/FIESTA Network
    • • Lack of consensus – goals, strategies, aims• Turf issues – professional confusion• Mixed messages• Attitudes – the negative mindset• Misinterpretations• Built environment• Unthinking exclusion• Fragmented planning• Disempowered familiesLINQ Conference Rome: May 2013, Dr Alan Bruce ULS/FIESTA Network
    •  Increased numbers in schools The university revolution Impact of legislation and policy European dimensions Technological revolution From psychology to engineering – the alteredenvironment Shaping the mind – struggles with attitudesLINQ Conference Rome: May 2013, Dr Alan Bruce ULS/FIESTA Network
    •  Adaptive/assistivetechnologies Vocationalevaluation Assessment Counselling Materials design Environmentaldesign Software design Medical supports Legislation Innovativepedagogy.LINQ Conference Rome: May 2013, Dr Alan Bruce ULS/FIESTA Network
    •  Models of schooling under critical review The re-positioning of purpose – Ivan Illich From industrial model to emancipatorydiscourse Hierarchy, control and managed behavior Appropriating competence in a multipolar world From teaching to guidance and learning support Integration and inclusion – the shifting paradigmLINQ Conference Rome: May 2013, Dr Alan Bruce ULS/FIESTA Network
    •  Lisbon Declaration Inclusive education as principle Significant national variations Separation between health, social servicesand education functions and responsibilities Poor multidisciplinary developement Family exclusion Focus on educational, health and social needsLINQ Conference Rome: May 2013, Dr Alan Bruce ULS/FIESTA Network
    •  1994: UNESCO Salamanca Statement and Framework forAction in Special Needs Education 2003: Promoting the Employment and Social Integrationof People with Disabilities (EU Council) 2003: Equal Opportunities for Pupils and Students withDisabilities in Education andTraining 2006: United Nations Convention on Rights of People withDisabilitiesPupils with disabilities continue to experience inequality in the educationsystem. This has resulted in lower levels of educational qualifications andworkforce participation among people with disabilities (relative to thosewithout disabilities), which results in social isolation and economic adversity.LINQ Conference Rome: May 2013, Dr Alan Bruce ULS/FIESTA Network
    •  The FIESTA (Facilitating Inclusive Education and Supporting the TransitionAgenda) network focuses on achieving effective transition throughcollaborative working for children with special educational needs. FIESTA is a three-year (2011-2014) network funded by the Education,Audiovisual, Cultural and Executive Agency (EACEA), under the Comeniusprogram of the European Union’s Life Long Learning Program.LINQ Conference Rome: May 2013, Dr Alan Bruce ULS/FIESTA Network
    •  Ireland (Enable Ireland; Universal Learning Systems) Bulgaria (Center for Inclusive Education) Romania (EuroEd) Greece (Platon School) Netherlands (CMO; CSG) Scotland (University of Edinburgh) Cyprus (University of Nicosia) Finland (Context Learning) Spain – Catalonia (Pi del Burgar)LINQ Conference Rome: May 2013, Dr Alan Bruce ULS/FIESTA Network
    • The network facilitates children with specialneeds - and families - during the followingperiods of transition: Transition of children with special needs frompre-school to primary school and primaryschool to secondary school. Transition of children with special needs tomainstream environmentsLINQ Conference Rome: May 2013, Dr Alan Bruce ULS/FIESTA Network
    •  Transition periods for pupils with special needs isconsiderably more difficult than for non-disabled peers. Transition from early years settings to primary and primaryto post primary is difficult for professionals due to lack ofcommunication and curriculum differences. Amount and level of quality information exchanged is not ona continual basis or considered the norm. Teachers are not privy to pupils’ needs prior to start of theschool term. The process of transition is completed in an ad hoc orinformal manner with no formal procedure in place.LINQ Conference Rome: May 2013, Dr Alan Bruce ULS/FIESTA Network
    •  Importance of various professional frameworks andhow each professional discipline impacts on studentlearning and development. A model to provide a holistic approach to childdevelopment. Therapeutic goals seen as part of overall childeducational development, not as a separate goal. Practical tools to reassess existing transitionprograms. Cultivating an inclusive and collaborative learningenvironment, including a self-assessment process.LINQ Conference Rome: May 2013, Dr Alan Bruce ULS/FIESTA Network
    •  Focus of motivation Problem solving focus From curriculum to competence Content to meaningful action From formal teaching to creation of bonds and links Mentoring Models of best practiceLINQ Conference Rome: May 2013, Dr Alan Bruce ULS/FIESTA Network
    •  Attitudes of parents, teachers and pupils Over-emphasis on attainment and accreditation Lack of diversity - flexibility to meet children’s needs Professional fears/prejudice, scarcity of teachingmethods and strategies Preoccupation with disability classifications Inability of national policy to shape local practices Inaccessible buildings Lack of training or professional development forteachers.LINQ Conference Rome: May 2013, Dr Alan Bruce ULS/FIESTA Network
    •  Access to a flexible curriculum Programmes for staff exchanges and training Regular reviews Dialogue and communication with all stakeholderse.g. pupils, parents, school, voluntary organisations. Facilitation of a collaborative/partnership approach Active pupil participation Peer mentoring.LINQ Conference Rome: May 2013, Dr Alan Bruce ULS/FIESTA Network
    •  To examine best practice examples for SEN childrenwho transitioned into first year mainstream primaryschool from either specialized or mainstreamenvironments To identify examples of best practice SEN childrenwho transitioned from mainstream primary tosecondary schools. Identification of best practice undertaken through amixed methods approach where children, familiesand a wide range of professionals participate in theresearch.LINQ Conference Rome: May 2013, Dr Alan Bruce ULS/FIESTA Network
    •  Defining needs Defining required supports Developing teams: communication Avoiding traps – the standardized label Critical and reflective thinking and practice Empathy Sensitivity and clarity – goal setting Evaluative reviewLINQ Conference Rome: May 2013, Dr Alan Bruce ULS/FIESTA Network
    •  Modeling Empathic analysis in transition support Social analytics for multidisciplinary work Roles and responsibility Advanced digital competence/assistivetechnologies Universal Design Comparative research methods Independent living/rights based modelsLINQ Conference Rome: May 2013, Dr Alan Bruce ULS/FIESTA Network
    •  www.ulsystems.com www.opendiscoveryspaceproject.eu www.fiesta-network.euLINQ Conference Rome: May 2013, Dr Alan Bruce ULS/FIESTA Network
    • Dr. Alan BruceUniversal Learning SystemsDublinabruce@ulsystems.comLINQ Conference Rome: May 2013, Dr Alan Bruce ULS/FIESTA Network