Start: 01-01-2020 - End: 31-12-2022
Project Reference: 612655-EPP-1-2019-1-EL-EPPKA2-SSA
EU Grant: 970797 EUR
Programme: Erasmus+
Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices
Action Type: Sector Skills Alliances in vocational education and training


The area of disability includes physical, mental, developmental and age-related disorders. People facing these problems, encounter several major obstacles that prevent them from seamlessly integrating in society. Nowadays more and more of these people have their capabilities, rather than their disabilities, recognized and accepted by the general public. The rapid technological advance of past decades, has also triggered a dramatic progress in technology usage for assistive and training purposes. Since true inclusiveness, and deinstitutionalization process pass through all the professionals involved in the care of persons with disabilities, from the lowest levels to the highest ones, there is an increasing need to integrate existing skills, with new approaches and competences, able to properly meet these new challenges. New and up to date training curricula need to be developed, to respond to the needs of social care employees and properly take advantage of new opportunities offered by technologies. DDSKILLS project, aims to develop an Alliance for providing new competences and skills for Health and Social care sector professionals supporting persons with Disabilities and Mental Health Problems. Within the proposed training qualification of DDSKILLS project, skills shortages will be verified and addressed on EU scale, relevant knowledge and learning outcomes will be discussed and finally mapped to ECVET points and EQF levels and project will be promoted at European Level. Professional caregivers (Occupational therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Special education teachers, Nurses, Gerontologists, Rehabilitation experts) will be able to follow these courses to learn how the use of new technological devices(sensors, assistive devices, robots, virtual and augmented reality headsets, brain Computer Interfaces).

Coordinator To Ergastiri 

Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences (Frankfurt UAS)
The National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway
The Federation of European Social Employers
European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD)
Jaunuoliu dienos centras (JDC)
The Cyprus Certification Company (CCC)
M.M.C Management Center Ltd
Tandem Societa Cooperativa Sociale Integrata
SenseWorks LTD
Fondazione Santa Lucia

In a first step, the project will identify and evaluate existing courses for digital skill of professional caregivers and map current gaps and needs in training. This is followed by curriculum planning and courses development, in accordance with ECVET (The European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training) points and EQF level 5 (The European Qualifications Framework). Digital toolkits consisting of several digital devices are developed for the training courses.  

For the validation of the curricula and training materials, national training pilots will be implemented in 6 countries (Greece, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, Italy and Cyprus), targeting different care professionals.

The curriculum will cover the following technological areas:

  • Assistive Technologies and aids
  • Robotic devices
  • Smart Home
  • Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality
  • Brain Computer Interfaces
  • Green ICT

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