„Multidisciplinary care for inclusive education of learners with spina bifida and hydrocephalus “, also called Multi-IN, is a two-year Erasmus Plus project co-financed by the European Commission. Multi-IN unites the efforts of two organizations from Bulgaria (Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus-Bulgaria Association) and Slovakia (Center for Early Intervention Trnava), aimed at improving access to school and early childhood education, for students with spina bifida and hydrocephalus – a group with specific and complex educational needs.
These complex needs require a multidisciplinary approach in order to achieve effective inclusion at schools and kindergartens. Cooperation and in-depth knowledge of the specific needs of children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus by all stakeholders involved in the educational process are essential
The main goal of Multi-IN is to support the inclusion and safe participation in the learning process of students with spina bifida and hydrocephalus in the mainstream education system, helping to develop a supportive, positive and diverse environment where all children with special needs reach their full potential and their optimal level of development.
In order to achieve our goal, Multi-IN encourage the main stakeholders in the process of inclusion to apply a multidisciplinary approach in the education of children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus and support them to develop specific skills and knowledge.
Among the main stakeholders in the educational process, Multi-IN identifies the target groups of:
- Teachers, incl. class teachers, physical education teachers
- School leaders
- Special teachers
- School psychologists
- School nurses
- Personal assistants
- Parents and family members
- Students with spina bifida and hydrocephalus
Multi-IN resource kit includes General Guidelines for multidisciplinary care, a set of Manuals and a set of Educational Video Courses for each of the eight target groups identified.
Multi-IN project outputs are designed to meet the needs of the target groups and the needs of the students with spina bifida and hydrocephalus conjoint by the concept of inclusion.
The development teams are made of:
- A target group representative from Bulgaria and Slovakia;
- An expert in inclusive education (Center for Early Intervention Trnava, Slovakia)
- A specialist in care for children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus (Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus-Bulgaria Association).