Partnership Bios

Caldys2 is a collaboration of dyslexia, language teaching and technology experts from 7 European countries.

Bulgaria
Dyslexia Association Bulgaria
http://www.dyslexia-bg.org

DYSLEXIA ASSOCIATION BULGARIA was officially registered in September 2005 in the city of Ruse, Bulgaria, as a non-governmental and non-for-profit organization. Dyslexia is almost unknown for the society, unrecognizable for teachers and parents, and respectively the dyslexics pupils often are left behind not because they don’t have the potential, but because they are not taught the way they could better learn. The main aims of the organization are to spread information about dyslexia (through publications, lectures, Internet); to teach teachers how to recognize the symptoms of dyslexia; to educate and support parents of dyslexic kids; to work individually or in small groups with dyslexic kids and help them to overcome their difficulties; to work towards forming of a dyslexia friendly society that will enable all dyslexic people to reach their potential. Since the very beginning the Association work as a partner in EU funded projects on dyslexia, including the first CallDysc project.

Czech Republic
Euroface Consulting s.r.o.
http://www.euro-face.cz

EF is a regional training and consulting centre. Its activities are mostly oriented towards promotion of ICT in education and support to equal opportunities. Target group are socially disadvantaged people: disabled, elderly people, young people, young dyslexic adults. EF supports the removal of barriers in education and on the labour market. Part of its activities is training the trainers in soft skills and implementation of student-centred approach. IT experts of EF have created e-learning tools and games supporting usage of ICT in education (e.g. www.euro-face.cz/modularte - simulation of IT network). We have participated on DYS 2.0 – Train your senses project. EF is experienced in national (ESF) projects, e.g. Teleworking, Let’s work and European, e.g. Digital Aided Guide for Fathers-to-be, Culture management, Back to School.

Contact
Katerina Nevralova
management@euro-face.cz

Hungary

BF EDU Kft.


BF Edu specializes in innovative e-learning solutions, with special reference to non-traditional groups of learners, such as pre-school children or students with special educational needs, e.g. dyslexia and attention deficit. Bf Edu offers a whole range of services in the field of remote education based on the latest methodological principles and cutting edge software solutions, such as: a) development of e-learning strategies and learning management systems, b) development of digital learning materials, c) best practice sharing / community building web based services d) assistive technology solutions for SEN learners. Members and associate experts of the BF team worked together in many EU funded international projects in the field of educational innovation with special respect to students with learning difficulties, which makes us experienced both in the field of user needs appropriate content development and international project collaboration.

Contact
Anna Győrfi
gyorfia@gmail.com

Öveges József High School and Vocational Centre
http://www.oveges.hu/nyitooldal/index.htm

Öveges József High School and Vocational Centre has a long tradition of teaching dyslexic students with innovative, inclusive methods. The schools has 1200 students, 400 of them have Special Educational Needs. Beyond the traditional high school curriculla, the school offers vocational training in the following professions: electrotechnics, mechanical engineering and orientation in environment.

Contact
Judit Gombis
gombisj@yahoo.com

Italy

Istituto di Istruzione Superiore “Cosimo Ridolfi” di Scerni

Our school was established in 1876, with the aim of increasing the productive development of our district thanks to the training of technical personnel capable to give  new impetus to the dissemination of agricultural knowledge. It is situated in a small farming town, in the Province of Chieti, not far from the Adriatic Sea.  

Today, next to the school full of workshops and educational materials, an agricultural company operates with several related areas (greenhouses, wine cellars, agricultural products and olive mills), technologically advanced, and a new boarding school (108 seats) offering accommodation for young people from a large catchment area.

All this: 

• to meet changing training needs;

• to adapt the training delivered to the demands of the territory and the operational reality;

• to enhance, in the labor market, the diploma issued in “Agricultural Technician” 

This school is attended by several students with diagnosed dyslexia. Due to the sensitivity of its Headmaster with special refer to this learning “Cosimo Ridolfi” staff really wanted to be part of this project, offering its own, important contribution in terms of:

•development of a training course for teachers,

•data collection from an ongoing activity testing on user groups.

Contact person

Fabiana Rocchi

fabiana.rocchi828@gmail.com

Sweden
Linnaeus University - School of Education, Psychology and Sport Science

The Linnaeus University is located in south of Sweden and has around 30 000 students. At the university’s School of Education is a research group, Läsutveckling Kronoberg (LUK), which conducts its research within the area of special education, with an emphasis on reading and writing and ICT. LUK will be main responsible for the Swedish partner work within the project, but will find support from researchers at Center for Learning and Knowledge Technologies (CeLeKT). CeLeKT’s expert knowledge is within computer science with an emphasis on media technology, such as mobile, wireless and web 2.0 applications to support collaborative learning and design of interactive learning environments to support collaborative discovery learning about complex domains. Both LUK and CeLeKT carry out their work in projects that are financed by a number of foundations both in Sweden and abroad and also in very close collaboration with local and international companies and organisations.  

Contact
Marianne Björn
marianne.bjorn@lnu.se

Switzerland

Department formation and learning (DFA-SUPSI)

http://www.supsi.ch/dfa


The Department Formation and Learning (DFA) of the University School of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI) was established in 2009 stemming from the Alta Scuola Pedagogica of Locarno, in the Ticino area. DFA-SUPSI stands out for its expertise in initial and continuing education of teachers of any school type and grade and for the research activity applied to education, carried out at local, national and international level. Research at DFA mainly focuses on learning disabilities and inclusive education, for which Canton Ticino is leader in Switzerland. Further research is conducted on the institutional aspects of the relationship between school and the society, cooperation between schools and families, organization of social life in schools, teacher’s professional ethics.

Contact

Sara Giulivi

sara.giulivi@supsi.ch

Turkey
Kocaeli Provincial Directorate of National Education
http://kocaeli.meb.gov.tr
Kocaeli Provincial Directorate of National Education is a governmental organization in charge with the planning and coordination of all kinds of educational and training activities from pre-school, to secondary and adult education in Kocaeli Province. The Directorate is responsible to take all required actions in the field of education to realize a real increase in the management and organizational capacity of this largest governmental body of the Kocaeli Province .In this context the Directorate supports school principals, teachers and other staff with variety of in-service training courses. Besides it collaborates and cooperates with the other directorates and institutions in Kocaeli in many National and International projects.

Contact
Mrs. Binnur Kucukyildiz
bkucukyildiz41@hotmail.com

United Kingdom
University of Wales, Newport– project coordinator

UWN consists of several strategic partnerships to support the project. The Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) provides dissemination of evidence-based pedagogic practice, and the inter-disciplinary Newport Business School (NBS), which will be managing the project, has world leading staff in Serious Games and Games4Learning, QA and Project Management, and Digital Marketing.The Dyscovery Centre based at Newport is internationally recognised for working with SEN students specialising in Dyslexia, the School of Education has expertise in training of SEN school teachers and will provide suitable test subjects for development of the games tools.

Contact
Dr Mike Reddy
Mike.Reddy@southwales.ac.uk

Ibis
http://www.ibisconsultants.info/

Ibis has an international reputation for the development of dyslexia identification, teaching and support material, both in print and in electronic form. Projects include international research and collaboration funded by the EU, governments and institutions including US, Canada, Brazil and Hong Kong. Ibis has been the project partner for several EU projects which will provide background information to this project. As well as being dyslexia specialist, the company also widely consults on the use of ICT in education, and has developed games, activities and websites with respect to helping individuals with learning disabilities and those that work with them. Recently this has included using mobile phones for learning. Activities within previous EU projects that inform this project include interface development, e-learning about dyslexia, and development of face-to-face learning for those supporting dyslexics.

Contact
Dr Ian Smythe
ianssmythe@gmail.com

Education and Culture GD, Life long learning

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.