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Tourist Guides for People with Intellectual Disabilities in Europe

  • Project Number: 527776-LLP-1-2012-1-IT-LEONARDO-LMP
  • Grants Program: Lifelong Learning Programme – Grundtvig Multilateral Project
  • Project Period: 2012 - 2015
  • Coordinator: ASIS - Italy
  • Partner Countries: Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Spain, United Kingdom
  • Internet: » www.t-guide.eu

Project Description

The T-GuIDE project is addressing two needs in Europe today: 1. To increase new market/job opportunities; 2. To increase social inclusion.

The EU is fighting the increasing unemployment and the related strain on social inclusion as consequence of global crisis, whose tourism is one of the “at risk” sectors. Tour operators/actors are asking for new policies for tourism implementation. On the other hand there is a big problem of lack of inclusion of disadvantaged people, notably, persons with intellectual disabilities into tourist services provision.

The main aim of T-GuIDE is to initiate an EU-wide discussion on tourist guiding for people with intellectual disabilities and to build a common guide for training Tourist guides, in terms of common principles, methodologies and recommendations to work on social inclusion, skills implementation and new job opportunities.

Main T-GuIDE outputs include, then: 1) A discussion document on methodologies for tourist inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities; 2) Draft T-GuIDE Manual with good practices, methodologies for people with intellectual disabilities; 3) Training of EU 18 tourist guides, using the Draft T-GuIDE Manual (test and refine); 4) A EU training model and T-GUIDE Manual (final version); 5) A framework of skills for training and skills assessment of “T-GuIDEs” at EU level; 6) A Trial of a Tourist Itinerary for intellectually disabled.

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
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