Blended mobility of adult learners – course for persons with intellectual disability

Adults with intellectual disability must have the skills to use the internet safely and knowledge of what to do if something bad happens. These issues were the topic of the courses, which took place in Warsaw on 11-15 June 2019. The participants of the five-day training ‘How to recognize, avoid and deal with dangerous situations on the Internet’ were adults with intellectual disabilities and persons supporting them from five countries: from Belgium/France, the Czech Republic, Macedonia, Portugal and Poland.

Despite the extreme heat, five days of the course passed quickly. The participants learned what private data is, which data can be freely shared on the Internet and which not, what Internet crimes the user is exposed to and how to defend against them. At the same time, they learned how not to become a person committing a crime or using hate speech. Participants learned to use the database with rules on safe behavior and educational videos created by the partners. They also got acquainted with the publication written in a text easy to read and understand titled “How can the police help me – a guide for self-lawyers.” The brochure contains basic information about the police – uniforms, tasks and activities, about the rights of a person with intellectual disability who has been the victim of an internet crime, about their obligations, about discriminatory behavior and about the procedures that the person will have to deal with when report the crime to the police. During the course meeting with the police was organized. Participants had the opportunity to learn about reporting procedures, see police jobs, ask questions.

The presentation of the application prepared as part of the project in cooperation with DKK Development aroused great interest. When a person with problems speaking clearly wants to notify the police about a crime, until now he has been forced to ask for help to a support person who understands him, at least in part. The application allows such a person to speak almost “in his own voice”. The application user uses prepared graphics by building a sentence from selected images, and the application reads a grammatically correct sentence. Project partners have expanded the application’s resources so that it can be used to tell police about the problems the user may have encountered while working on the internet.

During the course participants not only learned. They had fun during the international discotheque. And on the 4th day participants visited Polish Countryside Museum in Sierpc.

Package of course materials can be uploaded from Library.