The meeting - that should have been held in Warsaw on 29-30 June 2020 – was carried out in a distance way due to the enduring travelling limitations for the sanitary emergency all across the Europe and it was attended by all partners: the Applicant I.Ri.Fo.R. Regionale Toscano ONLUS, and Centro Machiavelli (Florence, IT); JOHANNES KEPLER (Linz, AT); the Polish Association of the Blind (Warsaw, PL) and Stichting Bartiméus Sonneheerdt, (Dorn, NL).
During the meeting the partners introduced the most important results gained within the research on the employability and accessibility issues for blind and visually impaired people carried out in their previous months of work. They jointly analyzed and discussed the several detected good practices and institutional procedures for the social and working inclusion of this peculiar category of job-seekers, highlighting differences, similarities, strengths and lacks coming from each partner country. All the collected information will flow in a comparative common theoretical framework - the TEAF (Training, Employability and Accessibility Framework) - constituting the first Intellectual Output of the Project. The Framework will be finally refined and validated within September 2020 and uploaded as OER (Open Educational Resource) on partners’ websites, also with accessibility requirements.
The meeting allowed also to plan the next working steps for the development of the two other Intellectual Outputs: the Special Guidelines for Employers and the Guidelines for Career Guidance and Labor Services Operators. Both the Guidelines will be aimed to provide to their related targets (Employers and Operators) concrete indications to promote the culture of accessibility in the work-place and to offer more tailored guidance and supporting services to the blind and visually impaired job-seekers. During the meeting the Table of Contents of both the Guidelines was introduced too and the partners discussed them so as to effectively plan the next implementation steps to be done in the next working months. The draft version of both the Guidelines – indeed – should be prepared within the end of 2020.