“A Common Language in Schools”

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An Erasmus+ project to implement ICF (International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, WHO, 2001) in schools

Project description:

“A common language in school” provides concrete tools for professionals who work with pupils with developmental difficulties in schools. It introduces ICF (WHO, 2001) as a common language to describe the individual learning situation of a child and enables ability-based holistic transdisciplinary assessments and planning processes. The Erasmus+ project started on September 1, 2018 under the Key Action "Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices" and provides

  • specific ICF-related training materials for teachers (modules on the philosophy of ICF, on coding and on concrete implementation),
  • a “family friendly version” which translates the rather technical WHO language into easy language so parents can fully participate as team members in the “team around the family” in school,
  • pupils with developmental difficulties are provided with ICF-based assessment tools to be able to assess their own strengths and support needs,
  • for school psychologists selected psychological tests are linked with ICF codes and WHO qualifier to enable a “translation” of test results into the common ICF language on international comparable standards.

All intellectual outcomes, materials and resources developed within the project are available free of charge in different languages on the project website: www.icf-school.eu.

Project partners:

Austria: Dr. Pretis S.I.N.N., Unterstützungsverein Schulpsychologie Steiermark, Pädagogische Hochschule Steiermark, DI Wilhelm Stadler/InfoPro;

North Macedonia: Obrazovanie za site (Education for all), Primary School Vanco Prke; Germany: MSH Medical School Hamburg GmbH, Pfennigparade - Phoenix Schulen und Kitas GmbH;

Turkey: CGEDER Cocuk Gelisimi ve Egitimcileri Dernegi, Down Sendromu Dernegi.

RCIE Researchers: Prof.in Dr.in Andrea Holzinger (PHSt); Prof.in Silvia Kopp-Sixt MA (PHSt); Mag.a Katerina Todorova (PHSt).

Duration period: 2018 – 2021

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Cooperating partners

 Private Pädagogische Hochschule Augustinum  Pädagogische Hochschule Steiermark  Universität Graz 

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