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ESIPP project. Newsletter #1
March 2016
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Equity and Social Inclusion
through Positive Parenting (ESIPP)
ERASMUS+ PROJECT 2015-1-UK01-KA204-013397

Autism is a lifelong condition which affects about 1% of the population (or approximately 7.5m European citizens) as well as those who live with them and care for them. The presence of autism can be extremely challenging to parents and other family members, and autism has been identified as causing greater family and parental stress than any other disability.

Teaching parents to understand the condition, and to work effectively with schools and other professionals, has been shown to be effective in improving outcomes for individuals with autism and their families.

The purpose of this project is to share, adapt, test, evaluate, embed and disseminate a collaborative model of parent education, with an ecologically valid curriculum and training materials, to support the provision of effective parent education for parents of disabled children (in this case, children with autism), learning from what is currently taking place within Croatia, Cyprus and the FYR of Macedonia, and modeled upon existing practice within the United Kingdom.

The project brings together academics, professionals and parents from various universities and autism organisations across Europe. Those involved come from various backgrounds – both national and cultural – and have a wide set of skills. The project coordinator, the University of Northampton will work closely with all the other partners Autism Concern and Target Autism (UK), the University of Zagreb and the Centar za Autizam (Croatia), the European University Cyprus and the Autism Assessment Support Practice (Cyprus) and the Macedonian Scientific Society for Autism and Autism-Europe (Belgium). 

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Content:
  1. ESIPP project dedicated website goes live
  2. “Autumn tree” wins the ESIPP logo competition and becomes the image representing the project
  3. ESIPP held an art exhibition in parallel with the second Transnational Meeting in Cyprus
  4. ESIPP Advisory Group provides an external perspective on the project in Brussels 
  5. ESIPP project takes its first steps in Northampton
  6. ESIPP project next steps

ESIPP project dedicated website goes live

A website dedicated to the ESIPP project is now available. It will be regularly updated and will be maintained well beyond the lifetime of the project itself. ESIPP project channels include a website, social media, meetings with public bodies, campaigns and the partners’ own professional networks. The official language will be English, but some content will be translated into the languages targeted by the project (Greek, Croatian and Macedonian).

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“Autumn tree” wins the ESIPP logo competition and becomes the image representing the project

“Autumn tree”, an artwork created by Elena Delova, an 15-year-old autistic student of the special school "Dr. Zlatan Sremec" in Skopje (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), is the winning image of the logo competition organised in November 2015 by ESIPP partners to provide the project with a visual identity.

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 ESIPP held an art exhibition in parallel with its second Transnational Meeting in Cyprus

As result of the logo competition organised by ESIPP partners to provide the project with a visual identity, an art exhibition was held on January 22, 2016 in Nicosia (Cyprus) and hosted by the European University of Cyprus (EUC). 

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ESIPP Advisory Group provides an external perspective on the project in Brussels 

From March 2016, the ESIPP project counts on the support of an Advisory Group of six people with varied expertise, profiles and countries of origin. They will support the project by providing external scrutiny and comment regarding its development and implementation. The group will consist of one self-advocate (Monique Post, from the Netherlands), three autism specialists (Martine Delfos, the Netherlands; Friedrich Nolte, Germany and Philip Whitaker, UK) and the President of a parent organisation (Claude Schmit, Luxembourg). 

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ESIPP project takes its first steps in Northampton


The University of Northampton, coordinator of the ESIPP project, hosted the first transnational meeting on September 28 2015 in Northampton, UK. This kick-off meeting, attended by 16 people from five different countries, aimed to share understanding of the purpose of the project as well as to ensure the project’s viability and success.
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ESIPP project next stepts
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The ESIPP project will deliver the first sets of training sessions in Skopje (FYR of Macedonia) on March 19-20 2016, in Limassol (Cyprus) on March 19 2016 and in Zagreb (Croatia) on April 9-10 2016. A minimum of 18 courses will be run through the lifetime of the project.
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