Prevention of marginalisation due to non-specific learning disabilities
The Niilo Mäki Institute and FAIDD carried out in cooperation in 2004-2006 a project on non-specific learning disabilities. Non-specific learning disabilities refer to hard-to-define learning difficulties and cognitive and functional limitations which make it difficult for individuals to do well at school subjects and also to cope in later stages of life. This involves a strong risk of marginalisation.
- To compile research data on the special features, problems and life situations of young people and adults with non-specific learning disabilities, and on their need for support and rehabilitation services.
- To compile suggestions for operating models to help this client group and to create conditions for the testing of target-oriented strategies in cooperation with networks of public authorities.
- To increase general awareness and interest in order to develop services required by the target group.
- To compile the existing research data into a comprehensive body and to prepare a literature overview.
- To research the special features of learning and coping among students with non-specific learning disabilities, with eighth-graders in comprehensive school as the target group.
- To develop and test operating models in order to guide these students into life after comprehensive school.
- To research the coping and life courses of young adults with non-specific learning disabilities after comprehensive school.
- To produce education and information material.
- Development Coordinator Heikki Seppälä, tel. +358 9 3480 9252