ImPaCT in Europe Stakeholder Fora (Helsinki, March 4): Summary

01-Apr-2011

The Stakeholder Fora
in Helsinki was organized by FAIDD through the network project ImPaCT in
Europe, which FAIDD is a partner of.

ImPaCT in Europe logo

One of the objectives of the Improving Person
Centered Technology in Europe project is to create a sustainable Network
of Experts from different backgrounds so as to create a meeting and
discussion place to raise awareness, discuss and bring forward the
agenda of PCT for people with disabilities in Europe.

The project will also carry out an Ethical Framework
on PCT, a Glossary on PCT, a Mapping Survey on how PCT is used and a
Training Needs Analysis. These outcomes and deliveries will be found on
the ImPaCT web site in different languages in the end of the project.

During the project each partner will host a
Stakeholder Fora with invited guests as well as a two day long meeting
for the ImPaCT group. The meeting was held on March 2nd and 3rd 2011 at
FAIDD and at Hotel Artturi, Helsinki.

The topics for all Stakeholder Foras are planned by
the ImPaCT project. Further information and outcomes on earlier seminars
can be found at the ImPaCT web site.

The topic of the Helsinki Stakeholder Fora was
Improving Person Centered Technology by Training, and the first
interesting results of the Training Needs Analysis across countries
within the European Union were presented.

The Stakeholder Fora was held at the conference
center Paasitorni, and FAIDD had the opportunity to invite about 40
stakeholders to share this event with the ImPaCT project group. The
Finnish participants represented different areas and service of Person
Centered Technology, Education and Health and Welfare.

The issues of the day were related to Training
models, Theories of training and Lifelong Learning and the first results
of the analysis of training needs, but also to the use of technology in
different ways. The presentations and some pictures can be found at the
ImPaCT web site.

The conclusion of the end-discussion and the findings of the day

  • The
    use of PCT used for supporting an individual to greater control in
    achieving independence and safety is still not adequate and well-known.
  • There are thousands of carers and users still not aware of PCT.
  • How to reach national training providers, policy makers?
  • We still need to work on attitudes.

What kind of training is needed?

  • There is a need of more systematic and organized training as well as different kind of training.
  • Where to ask help after training is also essential. Need for ongoing support.
  • Sustainable level of training, very different kinds of training sessions and of different level.
  • What about those who are not coming? You have to go to them (is money the reason?).
  • Put the person into the center (front line staff).
  • Links with manufacturers and suppliers – ability to speak the same language.
  • Cost-effective training that meets the needs.
  • Training through video, etc.
  • eLearning – blended approach also, for example in Canada eLearning platform “CEPZ” (hospitals, professionals).
  • Quality assurance? How to rate quality? Only personal level?
  • There are also other ways to get feedback; not only individual based – together in a group, should build tools from the start.
  • Basic level training should be done directly with end users.
  • In
    Finland teachers have 5 days for mandatory training – should be someone
    responsible for coordination (especially on Assistive Technology);
    National Board of Education?
  • Other ways to information is needed; also to people working in schools and other professionals.
  • Raise awareness in communities.

Seminar feedback

  • The ImPaCT project is interesting because of the variety of issues tackled.
  • Participants important also in addition to content (mix stakeholders and groups).
  • Training Needs Analysis, 20 questions; accreditation interesting point.
  • The lecture concerning “old dogs” adult learning was very interesting.
  • How much is it about attitudes in fact vs. lack of knowledge?
  • Is it right that people with intellectual disabilities must maximize their learning?
  • Motivation, changing behavior also important.

Further information

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