Although mental health campaigns are common in the European Union, young people with ASD/DS often lack the necessary skills and tools to participate fully in society after finishing school. This can be due to difficulties in learning, such as struggling with communication skills.

For example, individuals with DS may have trouble understanding speech and staying focused during learning activities, while individuals with ASD may have difficulties in keeping a conversation and maintaining eye contact, which can be perceived as uninterested. As a result, they may find it challenging to express themselves and engage with others.

TUA is driven by the need to develop curricula that can assist young people with ASD or DS, by supporting the direct target groups working with them, such as teachers, caregivers, youth workers, and healthcare professionals. By addressing these challenges, we can work to reduce the overall marginalisation experienced by these individuals.

2nd Meeting of Partners in Nicosia, Cyprus

During the 2nd TPM of the TUA project, held in Nicosia, Cyprus, on February 1st, 2024, partners engaged in fruitful discussions regarding the progress of the project’s pilot implementations of the Curriculum outlined in WP2. Each partner presented the current state of their respective pilot implementations. Following this, it was agreed that upon finalisation, partners would develop national reports. These reports will serve as the foundation for a comprehensive transnational report that will encapsulate the findings and the finalised version of the Curriculum.

Additionally, attention was dedicated to the development of an interactive e-learning platform, encompassing two integral components: a repository of learning materials tailored for professionals assisting young people with DS/ASD and an innovative ‘Express Yourself’ digital platform designed for youth with mental health disabilities. This platform aims to foster communication, idea sharing, and the virtual exhibition of artworks to raise awareness and instigate positive change within their communities. The meeting also addressed strategies for effective dissemination and promotion of the project’s objectives, underlining the importance of qualitative evaluation to ensure maximum benefit for the project’s beneficiaries. Overall, the meeting concluded on a positive note, showcasing strong collaboration and progress towards the project’s goals.

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