Partnership

Spain

COPAVA is a non-profit association legally established in 1980, that originates from the need to bring together the interests of occupational centres for Persons with Intellectual Diversity in the area of the Valencian Community, Spain. We gather and provide common services to 53 care entities with a human potential made up of 2.500 persons with intellectual disabilities and 540 professionals. The main goal of COPAVA is to improve the quality of life of persons with intellectual disabilities through the provision of services that respond to their real needs and expectations, such as coaching, sports, leisure or coexistence activities, art activities or family support programs. To this purpose, we are also concerned about the quality in the service provided by care entities, offering the necessary skills and competences to the professionals and helping them in their personal and professional development. Furthermore, COPAVA supports awareness campaigns through volunteering and dissemination actions for social and job inclusion and collaborates with related entities in order to contribute to the quality of life (full development, integration, equality and rights) of persons with intellectual diversity. COPAVA, generating opportunities.

Spain

The Associació Esportiva Colpbol is the entity that owns the rights of Colpbol and the organization that supervises, manages, and articulates every activity related to this sport worldwide. It develops the fields of competition, training of technicians and referees, technification, dissemination and expansion activities, and institutional representation of this sport. Furthermore, it develops programs and initiatives related to sport for people with functional diversity and at risk of exclusion. AE Colpbol has been awarded in the last decade with different individual and collective national awards for sports innovation, development and entrepreneurship in the field of sports and recently with the Inclusive Sports Award in Spain.

Spain

ALDO-CET is a parents’ association, non-political and non-for-profit, legally registered in Romania since October 2000, headquartered in Băileşti, Dolj, ROMANIA. ALDO-CET comes from the Oltenia Region and acts as a regional association and a catalyst for enhancement of cooperation among Romanian organizations working in the field of Down Syndrome. The commitment of the Association is to promote, to enhance knowledge and to acknowledge, to observe and to guide the rights of people with intellectual disabilities for social independence, vocational inclusion and full participation in their community life but also for the right of parents to their own lives. For over 20 years, the Association is promoting and approaching intellectual disabilities from a human rights perspective, based on inclusive and active models. The association creates and applies social innovative services for People with Down Syndrome, opening ways to reach their full potential in local communities that respect and appreciate them. ALDO-CET is involved in national and international projects regarding all aspects of the life of People with Down Syndrome in different developmental stages but focusing on adult life. ALDO-CET works especially for health care, lifelong learning and social innovation. The activities are based on a partnership between people with Down syndrome, professionals and parents based on community services and advocacy.

Romania

The University of Craiova ranks topmost among the Romanian higher education system (56 accredited public higher education institutions and 35 accredited private higher education institutions in 2012), and the institutional evaluation by the Romanian Agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ARACIS) was completed with a “High Confidence Rating”. The University of Craiova has been ranked among the 10 Romanian universities in all the national and international classifications in the last 20 years, and is integrated to the academic European community, sharing its cultural, moral, scientific and educational values. The University of Craiova has 122 ERASMUS partners and other 25 partners from Europe, Africa, Asia, North America and South America. The University of Craiova undertakes public accountability with respect to the quality of the study programmes, scientific research and services to community. The University of Craiova carries out strategic and operational partnerships with representatives of the socio-economic and cultural environment (SMEs, multinational companies, banks, public institutions, museums, theatres, etc.),meant to ensure a solid practical training of students. The University of Craiova lends special attention to meeting the market demands, contributing to the enhancement of social cohesion and employability.

Greece

The organisation “Social Cooperative Activities for Vulnerable Groups – EDRA” (K.S.D.E.O "EDRA") is a Non-Profit Organisation-Social Cooperative, operating in the fields of mental health and intellectual disability since 2001, raising awareness on matters concerning mental health and defending the rights of vulnerable groups. K.S.D.E.O. “EDRA” operates in the following sectors: 1. Mental Health 2. Intellectual Disability 3. Child and Family 4. Vulnerable Social groups K.S.D.E.O. “EDRA" is also very active in the field of EU projects, having coordinated multiple large scale projects under Erasmus+ (KA2, Sport) and Creative Europe (Culture) Programmes, as well as having participated in numerous projects as a partner. The priorities of these projects primarily concern: • Mental Illness prevention, therapy and rehabilitation through various means (sports, culture, digital skills etc.) • The inclusion of socially excluded and marginalized groups into society (migrants, refugees etc.), as well as their integration into local communities through various means • The mitigation of inequalities in education, by providing necessary skills and competences to join the labour market

Greece

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) is a Public University which was founded in 1837. It is the oldest public institution of higher education in modern Greece, and among the first contemporary universities in the eastern Mediterranean region. The NKUA is one of the leading institutions both in Greece and in Europe, evident in the annual lists of universities worldwide. The University participates in a number of Erasmus Networks, Intensive Programs and Curriculum Development projects, and several other programs such as Comenius, Grundtvig, Jean Monnet as well as Tempus, Alfa, etc. With respect to the School of Physical Education and Sport Science, a branch of the NKUA, the Faculty’s mission is the training, specialization and upgrading of graduates in physical education and sports, for providing scientific research opportunities for both faculty and students and the dissemination of their work or studies. The research work of its 75 members and their publications are disseminated through specific research groups, and especially with Congress communications, participation in and leadership of theses and doctoral programmes. The School of Physical Education and Sport Science have recently participated in similar ERASMUS+ SPORTS research projects aimed towards the inclusion and promotion of exercise and sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities and individuals with mental health problems

Lithuania

Kaunas University of Applied Sciences is a state – owned institution providing higher education in the areas of technologies, social sciences, biomedicine, humanities and arts. It is one of the biggest institutions of higher education not only in Lithuania, but in the whole Baltic Region. Kaunas University of Applied Sciences actively contributes to implementing the state regional development policy -study programmes are realised in Kaunas and Taurage. All together it offers over 50 study programmes. More than 6000 students are currently studying and approximately over 600 teachers are currently working here. The success of Kaunas University of Applied Sciences is based on the partnership among students, teachers and employers in the process of training specialists who acquire higher education and practical skills within shorter period, usually of three years. Close cooperation between Kaunas University of Applied Sciences and employers has positive influence on student employment in enterprises and other institutions. International cooperation is one of Kaunas University of Applied Sciences priority areas. Participation in international networks and programmes ensures active implementation of provisions of Bologna Process in academic and other activities. International cooperation aims for improving the quality of studies, applied research and ensures the compliance of Kaunas University of Applied Sciences graduates skills with continuously changing needs of international labour market. The Kaunas University of Applied Sciences community cooperates with other education and research institutions, organisations and associated business structures. This cooperation is carried according to the aims of the study process, needs of international labour market and the strategy of regional development

Cyprus

CSI is a Research and Development organization, which focuses on fostering social innovation that can bring about a positive change to local, national, regional, and global entities. These entities include but are not limited to governments, local administrative agencies, non-for-profit agencies, commercial entities, and educational institutions. The CSI team is composed of open-minded, fully equipped researchers, entrepreneurs, project managers, trainers, and Information Technology specialists. CSI encompasses the capability and capacity to identify social needs, design and implement adjusted initiatives, and provide for sustainable growth. The CSI team's areas of expertise are in the fields of traditional education and e-learning, entrepreneurship, start-ups, innovation, creativity, negotiations, IP advisory services, social responsibility, business advisory solutions, data analytics, information technologies, project management, project evaluation services, product validation, training and computer gaming. CSI draws know-how and skills from its wide global network, which includes academic institutions, IT companies, public services, international organizations, start-ups, and public services.