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DARE timeline

This section features notes of major events related to the operation of the DARE Consortium:


December 2010

Award in LEO-ON- LINE 2010 contest

We are pleased to announce that the website www.DareProject.eu was awarded in the contest for the most interesting website of the project accomplished under the Leonardo da Vinci program organized by the National Agency. The award was granted in the category of Innovation Transfer Projects. Thank you!




July 2010

Quality management group meeting in Krakow

In July, in the Jagiellonian University in Krakow a meeting of the DARE2 quality management group took place. Members of the group were representing the Charles University in Prague, the University of Cyprus in Nicosia, the University of Pierre-Marie Curie in Paris,  Little Polish Lodge of Business Centre Club, Thales company from France and the Attribute company from Poland.

The group met for the first time and all members made presentations of their institutions and the proposed area of expertise and experience they would like to offer the DARE2 project. The Project Coordinator, Ireneusz Bialek presented members the expectations concerning their work and presented the results of previous operations that were the result of the work in the first edition of the DARE project in 2007-2009.

There were also discussions about the group’s work timetable and content of DARE2 training packages. The trainings developed in the first edition, dedicated to academic and public administration staff, were presented.

Quality management group members on the meeting in Krakow

Quality management group members on the meeting in Krakow

April 2010

Seminar on corporate social responsibility

In April this year, in London a seminar with DARE 2  project partners took place. The leading theme of all meetings and discussions was the issue of employment of disabled people in the open labor market, especially in the small and medium enterprises.

The host of the seminar, Bernard Quinn from Learning Difference, organized meetings in  organizations representing British business, as well as the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Mind - for better mental health. During the meetings, the partners had the opportunity to become familiar with the situation of disabled people working in the UK market, but also shared many insights from labor markets in their countries.

The  high awareness of British employers in the area of disability and the benefits to society from education and employment of disabled people in a possibly large number of open labor market private and public institutions made a big impression on the participants of the seminar. The presence of such persons in the education and employment, in turn, induces a natural interest to employers in obtaining the latest knowledge related to disability and daily functioning of disabled people. This is undoubtedly the success social model approach to disability, which since 1995 is implemented in the UK.

DARE 2 project partners have expressed hope that the situation in their countries will work in a similar direction. This also shows how important the DARE trainings could be. Works on the new program targeting the managers of small and medium-sized enterprises are already advanced, and its main objectives will be discussed during the second meeting of partners in Cyprus in October 2010.

January 2010

The 1st meeting of the DARE 2 partners
On 21-22 January 2010, the Jagiellonian University hosted the initial meeting of the partners involved in the DARE 2 project, attended by the project working team comprising staff members of the Jagiellonian University Disability Support Service as well as the following representatives of the project partners: Klitos Symeonides (CAEA, Cyprus), Jonina Kardal (University of Iceland), Magnus Stephensen (University of Iceland), and Bernard Quinn (Learning Difference LTD, UK).

During the meeting, they discussed all the issues of importance in the new edition of the DARE project http://www.dareproject.eu/ with main emphasis placed on disseminating information on the project amongst managers from small and medium-sized enterprises, that is the new target group of the training programmes developed by the DARE Consortium.

Bernard Quinn undertook to organise a seminar to showcase good practice in employing disabled people in large British companies. This knowledge will be doubtless useful whilst the training is being adapted for managers in Poland and Cyprus. The partners were received by the Jagiellonian University Vice-rector for Education Prof. Andrzej Mania, who expressed his satisfaction that, thanks to DARE 2, training for academic teachers is going to developed still further. Professor Mania added that he was also happy that the knowledge on disability gained by the Jagiellonian University would be found useful in the SME sector.

Participants of the 1st meeting of the DARE 2 partners


October 2009

In October 22-23 in the Jagiellonian University in Cracow a conference closing DARE Project and summing up its results took place. The conference has at the same time initiated DARE Project 2 which shall continue and develop Consortium’s achievements to date in the scope of teachers trainings, and transfer trainings for small and medium-sized enterprises from the British market. The conference “Disability Awareness – New Challenges for Education” had gathered more than 200 participants from Poland and guests from many European countries and the United States.


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The conference participants in the lecture theatre of Collegium Novum JU


Among the participants there were mainly teachers, but also education advisers, psychological and career service staff and non-governmental organizations representatives. A large group of participants were pedagogy faculties students. On behalf of His Magnificence , vice-chancellor of Jagiellonian University, professor Beata Tobiasz-Adamczyk has opened the conference highlighting the importance of educating people with disabilities in the mainstream education and pointed to Jagiellonian University’s leading position in this scope.


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JU Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Didactics - Prof. Beata Tobiasz-Adamczyk
(translator PJM Magdalena Sipowicz)


The thread was picked up by the Secretary of State in the Office of the President of the Republic of Poland, Minister Paweł Wypych, who spoke about inclusive education as a modern form of social integration of people with disabilities.


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Minister Paweł Wypych

The conference has also summarised the decade of cooperation between the Jagiellonian University and the University of Aarhus in the scope of increasing the accessibility of higher education for people with disabilities, which was mentioned  by Prof. Willy Aastrup, Director of the Counselling and Support Centre of the University of Aarhus, in his speech. Prof. Aastrup has also given a programme speech entitled “Disability awareness and some key issues in the universities widening participation policy and practice”. This speech has finished the solemn session opening the conference.


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Willy Aastrup’s presentation on dyslexia


After a break, sessions dedicated to educational challenges connected with certain disabilities have begun – on optical impairment, hearing impairment, mental problems and dyslexia. Also good practices in the scope of educational support were presented. The conference was accompanied by  exhibitions of information technology equipment for people with disabilities and rehabilitation equipment designed according to the rules of the universal design. The exhibitions were well-attended by the conference participants, especially by the education sector representatives. The next conference concerning disability awareness issue will take place in the Jagiellonian University in 2011.

May 2009

4th DARE project partners meeting

Newcastle hosts the 4th and the last meeting of DARE project partners. The topics covered are: the results of the training testing conducted in all countries involved in the project and the conclusions drawn from this process for the final version of the training materials.
This data is gathered by the Jagiellonian University representatives and will be implemented in the near future. Next, all materials will be translated into official languages of countries participating in the project.
A part of the meeting is devoted to the discussion of the organization of the closing conference, which apart from summarizing the achievements of DARE project, will also provide a platform for sharing views on issues related to equal opportunities, discrimination and diversity.

3rd DARE project partners meeting

3rd meeting of DARE project partners is held in Cordoba. It is devoted mainly to the preparation for the process of the training testing in countries involved in the project. Besides, the partners visit the Fepamic headquarters and familiarize themselves with the offer of rehabilitation programmes for disabled persons, which are implemented there.


March 2009

The testing of DARE training courses continue.

After the implementation of QMG experts’ observations, another process of the training testing is conducted. Following the request made by Professor Michał Du Vall, the Jagiellonian University’s Vice-Rector for Personnel and Financial Policy, university teachers and administrative personnel of given departments and institutes of the Jagiellonian University participate in the testing process.
The results of the tests measuring satisfaction with the acquired knowledge, which the participants do after completing the training, are positive. It follows from them that disability awareness courses should become a permanent feature. Thus, the fundamental assumption of DARE project is confirmed.


December 2008

Testing of DARE training courses
•    The training courses developed as part of the DARE project are tested in Kraków. The testing exercise involves academic teachers from the Jagiellonian University as well as administrative staff.
•    The exercise shows a pressing need for training in disability awareness. The process also allows for capturing deficiencies and remedying them in the final version of the course. The testing materials will be discussed when the QMG experts meet again.

3rd QMG meeting
•    The Jagiellonian University hosts another meeting of the experts ensuring the high quality of the training courses developed by the DARE project.
•    This time around, the experts' focus on the results of the training testing presented by members of the working team and comment on them.
•    Their observations are heard by Professor Andrzej Mania, the Jagiellonian University’s Vice-rector for Education. Professor Mania also refers to the testing results and the contents of the training packages saying that they should be a source of knowledge for University staff as regards adapting their lectures and classes taking into account the needs of students with various disabilities and behaviour towards disabled students. He congratulates the project team on the goals achieved thus far and ability to work in such a truly European context.
•    Later in the meeting, the experts express their appreciation of the project products defining the testing results as very promising and much needed. They highlight the comprehensive nature of the training courses, their impressive expertise and multimedia features. They also make specific comments aimed at developing an English-language final version of the courses, to be then translated into the four official languages of the countries participating in the project.


October 2008

DARE workshop in Kraków
•    The Jagiellonian University hosts yet another practical workshop of the DARE project with Mr Bernard Quinn of Learning Difference.
•    Mr Quinn has collaborated with the working team on the training packages in the context of the testing stage planned to take place in Kraków in December 2008 and in the spring with the involvement of the other partners of the DARE Consortium.
•    Additionally, Mr Quinn makes a presentation on using appropriate terminology related to disability and people with disabilities, avoiding obsolete and frequently also offensive archaic language. Although his contribution focuses on English, the problem itself is relevant for other languages as well.
•    Bernard Quinn and Ireneusz Białek present the DARE project to Professor Andrzej Mania, the Jagiellonian University’s new Vice-rector for Education, who regards the initiative with a keen interest as an opportunity to significantly enhance the professional qualifications of university academic and administrative staff. His Magnificence declares his full support for the project work as well as promises to take part in the following QMG meeting to be held in Kraków in December 2008.


September 2008

DARE workshop
•    Wetlina in the Polish Bieszczady Mountains is the scene of an out-of-office workshop of the DARE project; some project experts take part as well as the project working team.
•    The working team present exercises and multimedia materials developed for training of academic and public administration staff whilst the experts offer their observations on the materials. In the free time, the workshop participants enjoy the beauty of the Polish mountains.

Bonn conference
•    During the conference entitled Professionalization of Literacy and Basic Education – Basic Module for Teacher Training held in Bonn, Ms Magdalena Ziemnicka from the Jagiellonian University Disability Support Team presents the DARE project.
•    The presentation is of paramount interest for the fellow participants since it would be possible to use the DARE courses in adult education to which the German conference is devoted.
•    The event is also a perfect opportunity to meet a number of professionals in the field of adult education from entire Europe as well as to establish contact with representatives of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission.
•    Not only is the DARE project found to be highly interesting and needed but the participants also emphasise the effectiveness of using funds to attain a crucial social goal, that is raising the awareness of academic teachers as regards disability and how people with disabilities function in modern society.


July 2008

2nd partner meeting
•    The University of Padua hosts the second meeting of the DARE project partners.
•    During the meeting, progress of the project work and the result of the testing of basic knowledge of disability among academic teachers are discussed as well as project actions for the nearest future are planned.
•    After the work is done, the hosts invite all the participants to see the oldest part of the University, featuring the famous auditorium where Galileo was rehabilitated and the post-mortem theatre where anatomical examinations used to be performed.
•    The partners also visit the Centre for Support of Disabled Students, a very interesting idea as the University of Padua is one of the world’s oldest.


June 2008

Study visit to the University of Durham
•    The DARE project working team and Mr Bernard Quinn of Learning Difference meet at Durham University in the UK with staff in charge of support for students with disabilities and equal educational opportunities for other minorities. During the discussion a comparison is drawn between such support offered at the Jagiellonian University and Durham University as well as experiences are exchanged as regards problems voiced by the students. In informal talks, the working team present the objectives of the DARE project, arousing interest of the British partners.

Study visit to the University of Newcastle
•    A meeting takes place at Newcastle University with several staff members of the Disability Service. Of particular interest is discussion concerning the role of the state in the system of support for students with disabilities and how many duties the university should take upon itself. Mr Bernard Quinn, whose company Learning Difference has its head office in Newcastle, also takes part in the meeting.


May 2008

1st QMG meeting
•    The Jagiellonian University Disability Support Team hosts the initial meeting of the DARE project experts serving on the Quality Management Group.
•    The experts listen to presentations delivered by the working team and offer their comments, observations and suggestions concerning further development of the training packages to be worked out by the project.


April 2008

Study visit to the University of Edinburgh
•    During a study visit to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, the DARE project is presented in discussions held with staff in charge of educational support at the University. The subjects discussed include student exchange between various academic centres in Europe, particularly exchanges of disabled students, which necessitates ensuring appropriate educational support for them.


March 2008

Study visit to Bangor University
•    Staff of the DARE working team familiarise themselves with the operation and achievements of the Dyslexia Unit at Bangor University, the first academic centre in the UK focusing on educational support for dyslectic students. The study visit also includes a meeting at the municipal centre dealing with dyslexia, an opportunity to see specialist equipment used in Bangor in work with dyslectic university students and schoolchildren.


February 2008

1st meeting of DARE partners
•    The Jagiellonian University hosts the initial meeting of the DARE project partners.
•    The partners present their institutions and achievements in the field of participation of disabled people in social life, adopt a project work timetable as well as visit historical sites at the Jagiellonian University, marvelling at the exhibits on view at the Collegium Maius building and monuments of old Kraków.

Training at the University of Aarhus
•    During the training for staff members of the Jagiellonian University Disability Support Team provided at the University of Aarhus in Denmark models of understanding disability in modern society are discussed as well as disability awareness on the basis of specific cases from both universities. The discussion also focuses on anti-discrimination provisions in EU law.


January 2008

Study visit to Cambridge
•    Staff members from the DARE project working team hold meetings at the University of Cambridge, where they familiarise themselves with the offer of support for disabled students as well as courses for academic teachers raising their disability awareness.
•    In their free time, the Polish guests have a look at the architectonic adaptations for people with restricted mobility installed at the University and the city of Cambridge. Given that the University of Cambridge belongs to the family of the world’s oldest, the solutions adopted in old university buildings are of particular interest for the Jagiellonian University team.


October 2007

DARE launch
•    The European Commission announces a list of projects approved for implementation under the new EU Lifelong Learning Programme.
•    The list features a project submitted by the Jagiellonian University entitled: Disability Awareness: a New Challenge for Employees (DARE).
•    The project aims at developing training courses raising the awareness of public administration staff and academic teachers as regards disability and access by disabled people to mainstream education and social life in all imaginable aspects.
•    The project is to be carried out in co-operation with prime European universities and institutions dealing with disability issues and education in its broadest sense as well as training providers.
•    The DARE project has been highly appreciated by external experts.





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