Why the ILLICO project ?

The ILLICO project derives from a previous European project, lead from 2015 to 2018, by the Disability Federation of Ireland and its partners called Unlocking Freedom Through Education. The aim was to support the deinstitutionalisation of people with disabilities through the development of new innovative learning and training resources in adult education field.

Recognizing the success of this project the partners decided to keep going to work on deinstitutionalisation with a focus on independant living and cooperation with families.

Please find all about Unlocking Freedom here.

Also, ILLICO is based on the following statements : 

  • According to the 2009 Report of the Ad Hoc expert group on the Transition from institutional to Community-based Care : “the institutional model of care is increasingly seen as inadequate. There is a growing recognition – though perhaps falling short of a clear consensus – that no matter how much money is spent on institutions, the characteristics of institutional care are bound to make it extremely difficult to provide adequate quality of life for users, to ensure enjoyment of human rights and accomplish the goal of social inclusion”.
  • Chapter I on Equal opportunities and access to the labour market of the European Pillar of Social Rights states : “Education, training and life-long learning : Everyone has the right to quality and inclusive education, training and life-long learning in order to maintain and acquire skills that enable them to participate fully in society and manage successfully transitions in the labour market”.
  • The Education and training 2020 (ET 2020) and the May 2010 Council Conclusions on the social dimension of education and training underline that “education systems need to respond to diversity and to provide for the successful inclusion of all learners, including those with disability/special needs”. This concern is also embodied in the United Nations Convention on The Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) and in the European Commission’s Disability Strategy 2010-2020.
  • Chapter III on Social protection and inclusion of the European Pillar of Social Rights states : “Inclusion of people with disabilities : People with disabilities have the right to income support that ensures living in dignity, services that enable them to participate in the labour market and in society, and a work environment adapted to their needs”.

Despite these statements, it is noticeable that :

  • Service providers with institutional care for people with disabilities as they exist in some European countries yet have to respond to and adopt a human-rights-based approach and promote social inclusion.
  • The limited educational opportunities faced by persons with intellectual disabilities have negative impacts on adult educational outcomes.
  • Transition towards independent living and inclusion in the community can present challenges for people with intellectual disability as well as for their families (parents/friends) and this period needs to be supported.

Consequently, we, as a consortium, have decided to continue our common efforts, research and exchange of good practices around the ILLICO project.

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