People with ASD are limited in the range of leisure, cultural and sporting activities available to them. This limitation is mainly caused by the lack of adaptations and training on ASD of the institutions, entities and professionals of this field.
The lack of strategies and resources to attend to persons in this type of activities by regulatory entities means that the offer is limited in most cases to specific disability entities. For this reason, the capacity of choice as regards the type of activity, cost, location, timetable and periodicity is very limited, which sometimes leads to not carrying out some of these activities. For this reason, the specific disability entities permanently seek to expand the specialized resources that can offer quality care to people with ASD in all these areas.
Due to the importance that this need has for the quality of life of people with ASD and their families, the project Olas de Inclusion tries to generate an exchange of good practices among European entities that promotes the social inclusion of people with ASD in the performance of cultural, leisure and sports activities.
The aim is to disseminate and share the good practices generated and to carry out training actions through the construction of a wider transnational network of entities, professionals, volunteers and families sensitized and trained to assist people with ASD under equal conditions in the field of leisure, culture and sport.
Through this training in strategies that favour inclusion and that allow an access of people with ASD in equal conditions in cultural, sport and leisure activities, it will increase the number of people with ASD that participate in inclusion in activities of this type in conventional entities and/or will improve their level of inclusion in them. This will increase the awareness of the society towards people with ASD in the environments of all these activities.
People with ASD and their families, volunteers, institutions, companies and professionals in the field of leisure time and society in general, will be beneficiaries of the results of the project.
Three transnational seminars will be carried out in which all kind of profiles could participate, as considered by the partner entities: high positions of the entity, professionals of the leisure sector, youth workers, people with ASD and volunteers from the different countries so that they can give their point of view from their role in the process.
A guide of good practices would be elaborated about strategies that facilitate the inclusion of people with ASD in leisure, culture and sport contexts. This guide will be elaborated with the synthesis of the main good practices shared between the benchmarking between the partner entities and the network of local entities.
A training itinerary will also be elaborated with different modules about different aspects of ASD, inclusion, quality of life and strategies that favour the inclusion process in the above mentioned areas. Access to this training will be open both to the materials (produced in five different languages) and to all the online training that will be carried out.
Each partner entity of the project will generate in its country a network of entities in the field of leisure, culture and sport with interest on the attention and inclusion of people with ASD, which will be trained with the training itinerary carried out and will be advised in the process of adaptations.
The trainings will be specific according to the target group, differentiating trainings for families, as an important part of the inclusive process, for volunteers who can support the normative entities in this process and for entities and professionals of the leisure sector.
The impact of our project will be a greater social awareness of the importance of the inclusion of people with ASD in conventional activities.
By means of the training actions and the advice we intend, more normative entities will adapt their activities so that people with ASD can participate in them in equal conditions. This would increase the number of people with ASD participating in inclusion activities and the offer of leisure time options in which people with ASD can participate with guarantees of success.
This project would be the germ to continue promoting and expanding this network of entities and free time resources to which people with ASD can have access to a wide range of free time options as any other person.
To generate an exchange of good practices among European entities that promotes the social inclusion of people with ASD in the performance of cultural, leisure and sports activities.
- To disseminate, extend and share good practices on inclusion in the fields of leisure, sport and culture and/or on the promotion of common values, initiated in particular at local level.
- To generate a transnational network of entities, professionals and volunteers trained to assist people with ASD on an equal opportunities basis.
- To increase the number of people with ASD participating in regulatory activities and/or to improve their level of inclusion in them
- To increase the awareness of society towards people with ASD in the cities where the project is developed.
Three transnational seminars:
- Goteborg ( 2021) Presentation, working groups and benchmarking. Access to cultural events in equal conditions
- Spain (October 2021) Analizing the guide of Good Practices, training and asessment. Access to sport events in equal conditions
- Italy (May 2022) Reflexion: strengths and weaknesses. Access to leisure events in equal conditions