The lecturer describes how his life changed when he joined the movement for self advocacy: he embarked on a journey towards independence, self advocacy and integration in his community’s life in South Africa Efraim is an inspiration to other people with cognitive disabilities.
The lecture explains why planned communities and hostels are not the right solution for people with disabilities, and presents solutions that involve living in the community.
Mr. Kathleen Lync, Ireland’s Minister of State for Primary Care, Mental Health and Disability, describes in her lecture the transition from institutional living to life in the community for people with disabilities that occurred in Ireland in consideration of the wishes of the people themselves.
The lecture focuses on the transition of people with mental disabilities from institutional living to community living in light of the UN’s convention.
Dr. Leontiev describes a research study comparing students with and without disabilities in regard of their emotional and adaptation resources.
Dr. Green discusses the results of a study that looked at the influence of a treatment program on the self confidence and sense of ability of children with cerebral palsy.
The lecture analyzes different models of play for children with disabilities, while relating to play with objects and with technological means. It describes how technological games are expressed in the participation of children with disabilities in different games and how play related skills improve, while addressing professional and ethical dilemmas and issues and the question whether various computer game and applications encourage playfulness and other play characteristics.
Play is important to children’s development and helps children with disabilities fully realize their potential. LUDI is a pan-European network with representatives of 27 countries which conducts joint activities aiming to study games for children with disabilities. The lecturer descries the network’s structure, importance and activities.
Mr. Encarnação describe a study of a technology intended to support the participation of children with neuro-motor disabilities in learning activities in the classroom.
Mrs. Smogorovska presents the evaluation results of a program to develop social skills that allocates time to social play/time. The program was implemented in kindergartens in Poland.