BE.SAFE is an Erasmus + KA204 (Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices – Strategic Partnerships for adult education) project. The project is run by a partnership of five partners based in Poland, Portugal, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Belgium and the Czech Republic. The partners have diverse experience in working with and representing people with intellectual disabilities and will combine their expertise when collaborating on the project.

The project aims to enable educators who work with people with intellectual disabilities to provide information about internet crime to them and empower them to stay safe online.

The project partners will collect case studies which will give examples of situations in which persons with intellectual disabilities can be victims of internet crime. Partners have developed ethical standards which will be used to conduct interviews in order to collect case studies of people with intellectual disabilities who have become victims of internet crime. Based upon these studies the partners will create a curriculum for educators and training materials for both educators and people with intellectual disabilities.

The case studies, as well as the curriculum and other training materials that will be developed as outputs of the project, will be publicly available in six languages including easy-to-read versions.

All final outputs will be assessed by people with intellectual disabilities to ensure their relevance and appropriateness, as well as their accessibility and adequacy.

Additionally, partners will prepare

  • a digital guide for police, other services and individuals with useful tips on how to talk to people with intellectual disabilities about internet crime
  • a set of statements in easy-to-read and infographics or pictograms which could be used for the same purpose. These materials will be available online and to be downloaded and used as AAC (Alternative and Augmentative Communication) tools when interviewing a person with disability who cannot communicate well.

Keywords: New innovative curriculum/educational methods/development of training courses; ICT – new technologies – digital competences; Disabilities – special needs