Trans2Work BILTEN 06
Welcome to the sixth Newsletter of the Trans2Work project. In this newsletter, we would like to inform you about dissemination and development of activities in the project “School to-Work Transition for Higher education students with disabilities in Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro” for the period from February to October 14, 2018.
The Project Trans2Work is supported by the European Commission and is co-funded by the Erasmus+ from 15th October 2015 until 14th October 2018.
1. LITERATURE AND BROCHURES
The links bellow will lead you to the literature and brochures related with the Project Trans2Work “School-to-Work Transition for Higher education students with disabilities in Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Montenegro”.
Project related literature on employers and academic staff
- Towards Equal Outcomes SHRM_Report_Employer_
- Employers attitudes employment-program-best-practices
- Employer perspectives on recruiting people with disability and the role of Disability Employment Services
- Disability And The Employment Environment
- Development of internship program for SwD
- Transition support services at HEIs
- Guidelines for employers_Trans2Work_Deliverables_FINAL.ENG
Books and e-books
- Pedagoško-didaktiči aspekti obrazovanja studenata s invaliditetom
- Academic staff training to support students with disabilities towards the transition process from higher education to labour market
- Students with disabilities training
- Guidelines for students with disabilities (project website)
Dissemination of Project activities organized by the University of East Sarajevo.
UES project team together with the representatives of University of Montenegro project team organized this dissemination activity on June 1, 2018 in rector’s office, University of East Sarajevo. On behalf of the UES team this meeting was facilitated by doc. dr Ranka Perućica.
Doc. dr Tatijana Dlabač and MSc Radmila Gagić presented previous experiences on SMS student exchange program. Students who completed this program and students who need to start it shared their experiences and latest information. Most of the questions concerned their accommodation and travel arrangements to one of the partner universities.
On behalf of the UES team prof. dr Biljana Sladoje -Bošnjak informed the participants about the results of the SWOT analysis which was done as a part of the WP5 (WP5.1 and WP5.2 analysis results), as well as about the planned activities to be realized and analyzed by the end of the project throughout the activities and evaluation of the early packages WP5.3 and WP5.4.
The Centre of Support for Students with Disabilities was opened on June 22, 2018 at the Faculty of Philosophy Pale, UES. The opening was attended by representatives of the Municipality of Pale, management of the Faculty of Philosophy, the coordinator and project team members, students with disabilities, as well as many other guests from business world and academia. The Centre was created with the aim of promoting the approach that all students with disabilities at the University of East Sarajevo have equal access to all university programs and activities. The main activities that would be carried out within the work of this Centre would be directed towards current and future students with disabilities, teachers and the wider academic community.
The centre is equipped with the equipment for visual impairment, hearing loss, physical damage, as well as the technology needed for the work of the employees in the centre. This equipment should primarily serve the Faculty of Philosophy where the centre is established, but also other faculties at the university in accordance with their needs.
In order to facilitate the functioning of the Centre at the Faculty of Philosophy, there will be mentors (representatives of the teaching staff) who will be sort of a link between students with disabilities and teachers and administrative staff of the organizational units at the University of East Sarajevo.
This round table was organized at the Faculty of Philosophy, UES on September 21, 2018. It was attended by students with disabilities who participated in the Trans2Work exchange program, other students of the University, academic staff, team members, and representatives of National employment services and Association ‘Sunce’ from Pale.
Two students with disabilities from the University of East Sarajevo, Milica Ijačić (from the Production and Management Faculty Trebinje) and Goran Ristić (from the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Engineering Doboj) participated in this student mobility program of the project. The students did their internships in the fields related to their professional profiles and subjects they are majoring at their faculties for a period of two months. Goran Ristić was in Novi Sad, while Milica Ijačić was in Belgrade. These students, who had the opportunity to use this program, presented the positive experience they gained during their work activities and praised the teachers and mentors who participated in the program.
Info day for Media includes activities held at the Faculty of Philosophy, media reports and team members hosting on a TV station done in the period September 25 – October 4, 2018 as a final dissemination activity for the media within Trans2Work project. It was designed and realized by UES project team as dissemination for the media to summarize in short the most prominent results of this project. The dissemination activity held at the Faculty of Philosophy Pale was attended by students with disabilities, the coordinator and project team members, Faculty of Philosophy academic staff and students, management of the Faculty of Philosophy, representatives from the National employment service, and representatives from the Association for the help to children and youth with special needs ‘Sunce’ Pale, as well as many other guests from business world and academia, and journalists.
Finally, one of last activities for the media done by UES was held on 4 October on the local Elta TV station where doc. dr Ranka Perućica presented in detail everything done within the project from the beginning till the end of it.
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The Center of Support for Students with Disabilities, which was opened in June this year, hosted again on October 1, 2018 for the presentation SwDs and their mentors, academic staff. The Center was created with the aim of promoting the approach that all students with disabilities at the University of East Sarajevo have equal access to all university programs and activities. Today the students had the small presentation from the IT expert at the Faculty of Philosophy of how all the equipment in the Centre works. She explained in detail all the pieces of equipment obtained in the Centre thought Trans2Work project and how they can be of assistance to them in the learning process. In addition, she demonstrated how equipment for vision or hearing impairment or other physical problems works and answered all their questions. The main activities that would be carried out within the work of this Center would be directed towards current and future students with disabilities, teachers, high school students and the wider cademic community. Attached here is a photo from this presentation and the link for the TV commercial about the Centre. The commercial advertises where the Centre is located, the support it provides and what equipment is available and is broadcast on the local TV station Elta.
Dissemination of Project activities organized by the University of Sarajevo
Trans2Work UNSA team has published two publications that were created as a result of creating materials for learning, and collaborating within the project consortium. The first one is titled Pedagoško-didaktiči aspekti obrazovanja studenata s invaliditetom, and the second one Academic staff training to support students with disabilities towards the transition process from higher education to labour market.
At the beginning of September 2018, student exchanges within Students Mobility Strength (SMS) project activities were completed. Four students from the University of Sarajevo realized mobility with employers in Serbia and Montenegro, and returned enriched with new acquaintances and strengthened with numerous experiences. They wrote, spoke, shared photos about their impressions, and they were divided on the website of the University of Sarajevo, which you can read more about on the following links: UNSA.BA
Procurement of assistive technology for students with disabilities ended in the last year of project realization and is one of numerous project outcomes. We hope that, with this type of support, many obstacles to learning and participation of students in the teaching process will be overcome.
We are particularly pleased to announce the official opening of the Student Support Office (UPS!) of the University of Sarajevo, which will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018, in the premises of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Campus. The Student Support Office of the University of Sarajevo will provide assistance and support to students in different fields. The main active orientation of the Office is directed towards assistance and support in the selection of studies, improvement of access to education, ensuring conditions for meeting needs and enjoyment of rights, psychological assistance, information and education of students, improvement of the experience of studying students with disabilities, research activities, organization and realization of training for teaching and non-teaching staff, participation in the adoption and modification of laws and by-laws related to education, student scholarships, etc. The aim is also to harmonize the needs and potentials of individuals with labor market needs in order to increase employability.
The UNSA team continues the activities of intensively establishing cooperation with employers and the labor market in order to enable students to realize professional practice, and create opportunities for volunteering and internships. In these endeavors, we are especially supported by the project partner Profil Management Consulting from Sarajevo.
The Department of Pedagogy of the University of Sarajevo will mark 55 years of its activity with numerous activities including: 2. International scientific-professional conferences titled “Towards new advancement in education”, numerous workshops, exhibitions and other activities.
One of the activities is a round table entitled “Mobility of students with disabilities within Erasmus + Project Trans2Work”. It will be an opportunity to exchange experiences gained through SMS, to meet students and employers, and motivate other students to participate in similar activities.
Dissemination of Project activities organized by the University of Maribor
Activities from WP4 have been managed and coordinated by member of University of Maribor Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (FERI). FERI UM has also been responsible for planning and coordinating trainings for academic/teaching staff, employers, transition mentors and students with disabilities. The used principle was «training the trainers« and was done as face-to-face training.
FERI UM also designed Sign Language Interpreter (SLI) module. The prototype is available on their website. Apart from this, templates for video based training were prepared for deaf and hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired and people with autism spectrum disorder.
On the project website, an e-book Students with disabilities training with sign language interpreter was published. Based on reviewed experiences and guidelines given by the trainers, UM has updated its policies and guidelines for SwD. These guidelines were also published in an e-book Guidelines for students with disabilities.
Finally, FERI UM has prepared the structure and reviewed the final WP4 report. Project findings were disseminated at various international conferences and at a press conference in Maribor, but also as the following materials.
Performing links to other institutions:
- Association of SwD in Slovenia: http://www.dsis-drustvo.si/
- World federation of the deaf: http://wfdeaf.org/
- Rector and vice rector at the University of Maribor: https://www.um.si/en/about/About/Pages/Leadership.aspx
- Career Center at the University of Maribor: https://kc.um.si/o-nas/English/
- Different research groups at the University of Maribor
- Different companies in Slovenia dealing with video equipment
- National Sign language Translation Association: http://www.tolmaci.si/
- Employment Service of Slovenia: http://english.ess.gov.si/
Dissemination of Project activities organized by the National Employment Service
This is the second time that job fair for persons with disabilities was organized by NES in cooperation with the Belgrade Municipality of Vračar. This is because employment fairs represent a measure of active employment policy that gives results, and the decision of the NES management to organize such an event was justified above all by the great interest of the large number of visitors, but also by the number of employers, i.e. jobs offered. After the last year’s fair 54 persons with disabilities are employed.
This year, 24 employers offered about 200 vacancies, and were asked for workers of different profiles and qualifications, such as salesmen, shoppers, administrative workers, drivers, as well as managers, graduates and senior pharmacists, graduate economists and IT specialists.
One of the visitors of the job fair was Aleksandra Stojanović, a person with disabilities from Paraćin. She is 30 years old, and she is master professor of English language and literature, and for the past two years she has been actively searching for a job. As she could not find a suitable job in her town, she heard about this fair and came to Belgrade to try to find a job for herself. At the fair she found some offers that suit her, she submitted her work biography and hoping for positive outcome.
During the fair, a workshop for active job search was held for the visitors, and at the NES stand unemployed and employers were able to get all information on current programs for stimulating employment.
The activities and results of the “Trans2Work” project were also presented by NES representatives to all participants (employers). The main focus was on the web-based tool, and all employers were invited to register. Also, employers provided their contact information to be entered into an electronic index. The activities and results of the “Trans2Work” project were also presented by NES representatives to all participants (employers).