Connecting inclusive social planning, community development and service provision for persons with disabilities (CISCOS) is an Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliance that addresses challenges for innovation faced by relevant actors of the disability service provision sector. The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD), the guiding line of the EU’s Disability Strategy 2010-2020, embodies a ‘paradigm shift’, from the charitable and the medical approaches to disability to one which is firmly rooted in human rights (‘inclusion paradigm’). Uncertainty on implementation strategies under conditions of economic restrictions is raising high in local governments, but even more in disability service providers (SP). Established as enterprises operating in relative stability in the non for profit sector, for profit sector and especially in the third sector, SP now face changing social environments strongly requesting new forms of inter-sectoral local cooperation, inclusive conceptual answers for service provision and corresponding organizational transformations processes.
What will CISCOS do?
The CISCOS project will develop a cross-border and multidisciplinary teaching and training concept for staff qualification of service providers and local governments together with academic training of university students. The alliance will also facilitate the exchange, flow and co-creation of knowledge between higher education institutions and service providers on how to fully embrace the inclusion paradigm. This will contribute to foster the innovation capacity of higher education institutions, local governments and service providers for persons with disabilities and aligned organisations from the care provision sector.
The main CISCOS output will be a Comprehensive Study Course Connecting Inclusive Social Planning, Community Development and integrated Service Provision for Persons with Disabilities, adapted to both academic and non-academic settings, tailored to the needs of the service provision sector and produced in eight nationally adapted language version (English, German, Polish, Spanish, Swedish, Greek, Hungarian and Slovenian). All results will be made available to the general public in an online Knowledge Centre (which will also contain a MOOC in English) and for information of project results a Knowledge Exchange Network will be established.
The joint learning model that is planned in CISCOS will create new experiences and insights for participating organisations on how to combine academic training and practical implementation of inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in a process for better integration of local service systems. The model will contribute to foster the innovation capacity of the local care provision sector as a whole, resulting in more responsive, flexible and individualised services. Those are fundamental aspects for increasing the quality of services and therefore improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities and their families.
Erasmus+ Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices
Knowledge Alliance (KA2)
Grant agreement number: 588022-EPP-1-2017-1-DE-EPPKA2-KA
1 January 2018 - 31 December 2020
- Coordinator: Centre for Planning and Evaluation of Social Services (ZPE) University of Siegen, Germany
- European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities, Belgium
- Warsaw Schools of Economics, Poland
- University of Sevilla, Spain
- CUDV Draga, Slovenia
- Hand in Hand Foundation (Kézenfogva Alapítvány), Hungary
- Municipality of Lund, Sweden
- Panagia Eleousa, Greece
- Disability Federation Ireland, Ireland
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