Creating Pathways to Lifelong Learning for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities (Pathways II)

PRESS RELEASE: 5 December 2011, Brussels

After remarkable success of the project Pathways I (2007-2009), Inclusion Europe is pleased to announce the launch of the follow-up project Creating Pathways to Lifelong Learning for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities.
The project aims to increase participation of persons with intellectual disabilities in lifelong learning programs by making the teaching materials and training courses for adults more accessible. The initiative builds on the accessibility guidelines developed in the first project Pathways, including:

  • The European standards on how to make information easy to read and understand
  • A training program for lifelong learning staff to learn how to write texts easy to read and understand
  • Guidelines on how to involve people with intellectual disabilities in the writing easy to read and understand texts
  • A check-list to evaluate the level of easy to read of a text

After the first project meeting held at the end of November, Inclusion Europe’s members in Croatia (Association for Self-Advocacy), the Czech Republic (SPMP), Estonia (EVPIT), Hungary (ÉFOÉSZ), Italy (Anffas), Latvia (Rupju Berns), Slovenia (Zveza Sožitje), Slovakia (ZPMPvSR) and Spain (FEAPS) will now translate the Pathways materials and adapt them to the cultural and education context of their country.

The project aims at a real change towards more inclusive adult education. Therefore, it actively targets education providers and decision-makers to achieve concrete action in the area of education to improve the accessibility of lifelong learning programmes for adults with intellectual disabilities. National-level training events will be held in each of the country to train educators and persons with intellectual disabilities using the Pathways materials.

The project is carried out with the support from the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union. More information about the project Pathways can be found on the project website

For more information, please, contact:
Silvana Enculescu
Communications Officer
Inclusion Europe
Tel.: +32 2 502 28 15
Fax: +32 2 502 80 10

About the organisers:
Inclusion Europe is the European voice and representation of over 70 member organisations of people with intellectual disabilities and their families. Founded in 1988, Inclusion Europe has a 24-year track record of successful operation and defending the rights of its constituency.