CEIPES is a non-profit European organization with antennas in more than 8 European countries. CEIPES’ work is inspired by the principles and values of peace and nonviolence, equality in diversity, human rights, democracy and active participation, respect for the environment, cooperation, communication, solidarity, social inclusion, respect, tolerance and interculturality. CEIPES works at local, European and international level with more than 40 organisations and public bodies that work in synergy to reach identical goals. At local level CEIPES coordinates the CEIPES Network, which is based in Sicily and counts more than 20 organisations as well as public and private bodies. The main purpose of CEIPES is to promote the Education and Development of young people and adults through activities in education, training, culture, nonviolence, interculturality, solidarity, human rights, active citizenship, international cooperation, and promote services thus contributing to human and civil growth at individual, community and world levels.

-CEIPES is divided into different sectors, each one developing specific projects with the support of professional intervention teams. Each sector is coordinated by a responsible that pays great attention to the quality of the service and activities carried out.

-The staff of the CEIPES is composed of many professional experts with different competences in several sectors such as psychology, communication, formation, international cooperation, social and cultural mediation, social assistance, informatics and law.

– The association relies on the collaboration of more than 25, mostly young, people who are also specialised in the above sectors, and who work in CEIPES’s activities.

-In this moment CEIPES works in different fields: “INNOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT, YOUTH, EDUCATION, RESERCH, TRAINING, LEARNING MOBILITY, CULTURE and SOCIAL WELFARE”. Vision and Mission: CEIPES is active in the field of social and human development that works through education and training for a world of peace and equality in order to guarantee the fulfilment of the universal human rights. The mission of CEIPES is to foster and support the sustainable development of local communities and individuals’ empowerment through education and training, human rights and international cooperation.

Contact Person: Serena Butticè

The Technical Research and Training Centre of Furniture and Wood of the Region of Murcia (CETEM) is a private non-profit association based in Yecla, where one of the most important furniture clusters in Spain is concentred. CETEM’s main objective is to carry out and promote research and development activities, as well as services and projects in the technological and innovative field with the aim of improving, favouring and encouraging the development and continuous improvement of companies and society. Most of the initiatives that CETEM starts, besides having an industrial interest, born for solving a social need, either environmental, safety, facing unemployment and the improvement of life quality of people at risk of exclusion. CETEM is formed by 41 professionals with different backgrounds. Since 2009, CETEM is actively working in projects that address the integration of different collectives and incorporation of people with some disability at furniture industries. In fact CETEM was part of several European projects related with different types of disability, like SWING (first edition), SSaW, SUPPORTABILITY, WOODABILITY and WORKING TRI21.

Contact Person: Tomás Puebla


The State Institute for the Deaf was the first public school for the deaf in Italy. Active since the late 1800s, by Tommaso Silvestri, founder, the institute has undergone various transformations that have led it, since 2000, to legally detach itself from the school. Today, the Institute is awaiting the enactment of the “Reorganization Regulation” that would transform it into a National Body to support the integration of the deaf (L. n°95/2006), a body with legal personality and administrative autonomy, subject to the supervision of the Ministry of Education. The State Institute for the Deaf carries out documentation, consultancy, training and updating activities on deafness, directly and through the bodies, associations and schools hosted. It is a real Service Center for deaf people and for the different operators able to interact with them, respond to requests and make collaborations both nationally and internationally. It is a point of reference for teachers, speech therapists, psychologists, families, communication assistants, deaf educators, operators in general, for members of the Italian deaf community, for schools and rehabilitation centers, for those who conduct studies and research in the field of deafness and for local public bodies. The perspective in which the Institute moves is to offer documentation, advice and updating on deafness without ideological prejudices, compared to the three educational strands present in Italy (oralist, bimodal, bilingual education method), but with respect for the requests and choices already made.

Contact Person: Maria T. De Monte

The Innovation in Learning Institute (ILI) is a department of the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) and continuously working in the field of learning, lifelong learning and technology enhanced learning. Since 1986 ILI has been widely involved in European R&D Projects in the field of innovative learning technologies for supporting learning processes in different settings and for different target groups. The Innovation in Learning Institute is the e-learning centre of the Friedrich Alexander-Universität and runs the FAU e-learning and assessment environment with about 60.000 active users. About 30 people work at ILI in an interdisciplinary team of cognitive and social scientists and technology and multimedia experts. Within a network of European and national partners, ILI carries out relevant projects and offers consultation and its know-how.

Contact Person: Evelyn Schlenk

The University of Klagenfurt (AAU) in Austria is a young and innovative university founded in 1970. AAU has become firmly established as the leading institution of academic education in Carinthia and serves as an important hub for the acquisition, exchange and transfer of knowledge across the entire Alps-Adriatic Region. AAU’s scientific achievements regularly earn national and international recognition. There are four faculties, round 11.600 students and 1.500 members of staff who learn, teach and conduct research. The “Fakultätszentrum für Gebärdensprache und Hörbehindertenkommunikation” (Centre for Sign Language and Deaf Communication) is the most important exponent in Austrian Sign Language (ÖGS) and expert in designing training materials for learning sign language. It is the only university research centre of its kind in Austria. It aims to improve the situation of deaf and hard of hearing people concerning education and job chances. The main fields of work are: – Research: Austrian and other sign languages, situation of the deaf and hard-of-hearing – Education: production of course materials for written German, English and Austrian Sign Language Courses – Multimedia production: Austrian Sign Language CD-ROMs, Online Lexicon of Austrian Sign Language – (Political) initiatives: Deaf Education, Equal Access – Publications and teaching materials – Participation in national and EU-projects

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