The U&T project is financed by Erasmus +

KA2 - "Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices Strategic Partnerships for vocational education and training" under the supervision of the European Comission

About the Project

Helping Students with Learning Disabilities – Dyslexia: UNDERSTAND & TEACH

KA2 Strategic partnership for vocational education and training

1 September 2016 - 31 August 2018

Leading Partner:

EG Consult - Bulgaria


VINCO – (Austria)
Asociatia Centrul European pentru Integrare Socioprofesionala ACTA - (Romania)
European Education and Learning Institute – (Greece)

About the project:

Dyslexia (specific impairment regarding reading/writing skills) is an increasing problem affecting children as well as adults (estimated prevalence 8-20%). The long-term effects are higher youth unemployment rates, functional illiteracy, high rate of unfinished vocational trainings. According to the European Dyslexia Association, 8% of the population suffers from dyslexia, although some experts claim that the percentage reaches 20%, of which between 2 and 4% are seriously affected. Dyslexia is a functional illiteracy. According to UNESCO, the number of functional illiterates varies from 10% up to 30% in EU. Today, experts estimate that up to 25 million workers in Europe are affected by this problem.

On the other hand, dyslexia in the adulthood means a lifetime of under-achievement, frustration and often unemployment. Today is well known that the long-term effects of dyslexia on education and labour market are enormous, e.g. higher youth unemployment rates (12%). While this is the general situation of the problem, there is still no common frame of recognized curriculum in most EU countries. Experts believe that the problem may be more severe and less known in BG, RO, TR and GR, where the knowledge about methodologies to detect the problem is insufficient. There is lack of dyslexia experts and of specific didactic tools in Bulgarian, Romanian and Turkish and Greek. Although several projects within the EU concerning dyslexia have been realized, a general frame toward comparable standards in training is still missing. In this context, the lack of a quality common curriculum in EU is a problem, which leads to different implementations and rather poor results. Particularly in the Balkan countries, teachers and parents are often not able to pick up the symptoms that indicate dyslexia or other learning disorders, which, consequently, are diagnosed very late, or even not being identified and diagnosed as such. Because of this situation, many children are not diagnosed at an early stage or are totally undiagnosed. In this context currently there are no specific teacher training programs or teacher certification programs regarding teaching students with dyslexia. Another problem is the there is no minimum standard required and there is no protection of the profession "dyslexia therapist" in most of EU.

Two of the project partners VINCO and UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO were coordinator and participant in the EUPALT project implemented in 2013 under "Leonardo da Vinci" program. It was a successful EU project which approached this problem, covering different levels of education and developing training tools. The products developed in the frame of EUPALT include a country based self-assessment tool; an online resource center and an e-learning course. Target groups of EUPALT project are therapists and teachers working with people with dyslexia. The results of the EUPLAT project and the expertise of the partners will be a useful foundation for the implementation of U&T, which will upgrade and further develop the teaching methods and techniques for working with students with dyslexia and create new and innovative educational tools available on more EU languages and to larger number of teachers, tutors, students

and families of children with learning disabilities. The U&T project aims to build on the achievements of the EPLAUT and add new tests and learning tools supporting the teachers, trainers and parents of dyslexic children. Having in mind that the materials and tests of the EPLAUT are only in English, German and Portuguese all the EPLAUT compendium of knowledge and the new tools and materials will be translated in Bulgarian, Turkish, Romanian and Greek. This will give wider access to the knowledge and expertise for identifying and fighting dyslexia in the respective countries and will enlarge the number of project results' beneficiaries.

Main aims of the U&T project are:
• adaptation of the curriculum developed in the frame of project to kindergarten/primary school teachers, providing reliable knowledge on dyslexia as well as physiological (psychologists, psychiatrists) and educational consequences and the barriers faced by dyslexic individuals in accessing education and labour market along with ways of eliminating them.
• Equipping teachers, tutors and others who have a duty of care towards dyslexic students with the ability to teach and support them successfully and efficiently.
• Creation of a network of stakeholders at local and regional level for raising awareness about dyslexia and other learning disorders, for keeping the attention of decision makers and other relevant institutions about the negative impact of learning disorders on the course of education, training and employment of people.
• Developing an information tools creating active attitude in teachers, managers, state institutions and society supporting dyslexic individuals as regards access to knowledge and later on to the labor market.


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