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About the project

TESI is a Project for creation of adaptive, affordable and easy-to-use software system, that will help people with verbal communication problems, to work, live and include in the society.

ICT devices can help compensate for verbal and interaction problems and facilitate exchanges between people with ASD, experts and others. They also enable new ways of communication, socializing, learning and employment options. In this light we upscale good practices in:
- using the technology of “augmented reality” on mobile devices within the process of acquisition of natural science knowledge for disadvantaged students;
- developing a tool, Open Book, to assist people with ASD to adapt written documents into a format that is easier for them to read and understand.

TESI System is a software tool that enables users to express themselves using visual and audio cues, on the base of available technology and without knowledge in programming.

- Main group:
-- Children with autism and other mental disorders that lead to Verbal Communication Disorders (VCD);
-- Young people 18+ with VCD;
-- People with language deficiency (refugees, people with different native language).

- Satellite groups:
-- Teachers and tutors of these three groups above - Parents and learners will work with TESI at home for every day activities, teachers and learners will work with TESI at school (center) for gaining knowledge and skills.

Project results

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28.10.2018

Next project meeting will take place in Madrid, Spain, on the 26.-29. November 2018.

18.06.2018

The project consortium is looking forward to the next project meeting, which will take place on 12.-13. July 2018 in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

23.04.2018

First result: Needs analysis report is ready and published on the Web site.

10.04.2018

An online project meeting via Skype will be held on 17.05.2018 at 2:00 pm (EET / GMT+3).

07.01.2018

The project kick-off meeting will take place on 30.-31.01.2018 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. The project consortium is looking forward to a positive and successful partnership.

06.01.2018

The new project home page has been launched. It contains all the latest information:

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PU "Paisii Hilendarski"

PU is the largest humanitarian higher educational and research establishment in South Bulgaria. It delivers degrees on a wide range of disciplines including Humanities, Computer Science and Information Technology, Business Administration, Economics and Social Sciences, Pedagogy and Psychology etc. The main activities of ECIT Department: Development and implementation of ODL Methodology and ICT as an innovation in education; Provision of educational and training services; Design and production and dissemination of ODL materials; Development and implementation of a learning environment and computer communication as a delivery tool for distance education and training.

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UNED

UNED is one of the largest Spanish Universities and is devoted to distance learning (using all communications media) and continuous education. Regarding the number of students UNED is one of the largest universities on Europe with about 160,000 students and near 1,500 teachers. UNED delivers degrees on most disciplines including Industrial Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Humanities, Arts and Letters. UNED delivers also many open courses for continuous education, having more than 30,000 more students. UNED is the only Spanish University of National scope and distributed along all Spain. In the last years UNEDs particular teaching methodology incorporates intensive and extensive use of multimedia and communications.

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University of Craiova (UCV)

The University of Craiova is one of the high standing higher education institutions in Romania, fostering the scientific, professional and personal growth of almost 20,000 students, guided with competence, professionalism and intellectual generosity by a top flight community of almost 1,000 academics. The University of Craiova is the main high profile institution of higher education in the historical region of Oltenia (at the territorial-administrative level, it comprises 5 counties) in the South-West of Romania. Craiova is the largest city in Oltenia and the sixth in the country in point of population, thus offering a rich cultural experience.

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UNIWERSYTET JANA KOCHANOWSKIEGO W KIELCACH (UJK)

The Jan Kochanowski University (JKU) in Kielce is the only university of Świętokrzyskie region, and one of Poland’s twenty universities. It provides workplaces for 1,399 employees, including 909 university teachers, out of whom 285 hold academic titles of professors or degrees of doctors habilitated, and 457 hold doctoral degrees. The University has the rights to confer doctoral degrees in eleven disciplines, and degrees of doctor habilitated in two disciplines. It has 12,310 undergraduates, 257 doctoral students, and 666 postgraduates.

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SCOALA GIMNAZIALA SPECIALA SF. MINA CRAIOVA (MINA)

Şcoala Gimnazială Specială „Sf.Mina” Craiova educates and supports students with:
- moderate and severe mental deficiency associated disorders, autism, Down syndrome, learning disorders, blindness, neurological deficiency (homebound students through home schooling);
- learning difficulties, minor mental deficiency integrated in regular classes through itinerant and support teachers.

We have initiated a number of local, national and international projects, that had as aims: building a playground in the school yard, setting up a tailor shop, initiating a program of activities for the weekend, using mobile technology (tablets) in the educational process in the class, to make up for lack of textbooks.

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Josip Matos Primary school (Osnovna škola Josipa Matoša)

Josip Matos PS is the only independent School for children with developmental disabilities (special needs) in Vukovar-Srijem County. It was founded in 1970. Currently attending 60 students with different disabilities (age 7- 21), primary with intellectual disabilities, chronic illness, cerebral palsy, autism. Students are divided in classes and educational groups, depending on their abilities and capabilities. The school employs 32 educated and motivated professionals of different profiles (Special Education Teachers, speech therapists, psychologist, special pedagogues, nurse, administrative and technical staff) and provides various activities for our students and support for teachers and students with special needs from regular schools. They are highly motivated for education and work, especially for new ideas and activities, as well as for developing existing knowledge and skills. School provide curricular and extracurricular activities and contents, rehabilitation activities and other forms of support for students and parents.

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ASSOCIATION FOR EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF DISABLED PEOPLE (ASEDDEDIPE)

Our Association wants to give the possibility to our members to be also involved in many sectors. The association organizes courses in collaboration with other institutions, such as courses of computers, accountancy, language etc. From the other side, the objective of our association through our activities is to provide the possibility to our educational personnel (sociologists, professors etc.) to acquire experience and knowledge for the right pedagogic practice concerning the people with special needs and vocational training. All learners are people with special needs. In addition we aim through our activities to provide disabled with skills so as to ensure employment. Unfortunately the level of unemployment of disabled in town of Kavala is very high not only because of the lack of skills from the part of the disabled but also because employees are not used to give the chance to disabled to work. They believe that they will not manage to fulfil their expectations. The collaboration with different organizations will enrich their knowledge and experience since they will have the chance to meet new people with different ideas and cultures.

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Special School for Students with Hearing Impairments "Stoyan Belinov" – Plovdiv (CHD)

The school was founded in 1925. We have 47 teachers. 120 students study here.
This is one of the only three schools of this type in Bulgaria.
We have many years of experience in working with children with hearing disabilities. We enjoy working and this transfers to our students. We work with students that vary considerably in age - from the kindergarten (we have our own one) to 12th grade. We employ highly qualified specialists - surdopedagogists. Some of them use their experience to help hearing impaired students from other (non-specialized) schools in various regions of Bulgaria.

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