“A school of HANDICAP…”

International Training Course
“A school of HANDICAP from discrimination to
inclusion and social participation”

16.07– 24.07.2018
Paris, France



From the beginning, disability has been thought of as an attribute of the person: she is disabled, she has Down syndrome … and defines the latter. This substantialization of the other makes it possible to fold on the person a particularity if not to understand it like the other of the other; there would be among the others, more others, making them carriers of a specific anthropological difference. In Article 1 of Human Rights, “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights,” we find that part of the population is in fact discriminated against. Take, for example, the case of people with reduced mobility or a person with disabilities, is often located in neighboring places, kept away from our ordinary activities in social spaces as well as outside society. With the best reasons in the world (since it is for their good), it has been a long time to “put these so-called different people in specialized places under the responsibility of specialists”! In our minds, spontaneously, we will say that a person is disabled, we will assign a label, referring implicitly to a standard, in the statistical sense, which reflects the average capacity of individuals in our society. Normally, we see. Normally, we walk, we hear … But normalcy in common sense is also good health. So, we tend to consider that if being disabled is abnormal, it is also being in poor health. In our mind, in our culture, in our social system, the association: “disabled so fragile”, or “disabled therefore dangerous”, easily leads to the exclusion of disabled people, under the pretext of security. As we can see, the world of work today is inhabited by a concern for excellence, the flip side of which is the amalgam that, in the minds of many recruiters, associates people with disabilities to non-productivity. This confusion produces an unfair social situation, discriminatory, and leads to the minimisation of the productive potential of the person with a disability, thus placing him / her in a situation of disability.

Thus, our Association Femmes Debout (FD) fights against the trivialisation of this discrimination, which affects mainly women. This training project will bring together young leaders and youth workers around the issue of the fight against discrimination around people with disabilities. It will also be a moment of information on this issue for a better awareness of the discrimination against these people whether at the societal level or in the professional world.

Activities will be designed to be easily transferable to others. We will work to create information tools that can be used by associations and youth workers.

This project will bring together 21 participants mainly youth workers, youth leaders or association leaders. The training will take place from 16 to 24 July 2018 in PARIS.

Participant`s profile required:

The training course is open for youth leaders, project managers and voluntary and professional youth workers, working directly with project management and capable of making decisions about partnership. They must have basic knowledge about Erasmus +.
From Bulgaria, in the seminar will take part 3 participants. They should be at least 18 years old, but there is no upper age limit. Be aware that this activity will be in English.
Participants are expected to be part of the full duration of the seminar.


The training course will take place in Paris. Further information about the venue will be shared with the selected participants.

Working methods:

All the training will be done through the methods of non-formal education. The activities will be for example brain storming’s, plenary discussions, simulations, role plays, team building, energizers, ice breakers and many others. Non formal education we remember you that is voluntary, no hierarchical and all its methods are based on the concept of learning by doing.

What to bring with me:

  • we will have an intercultural evening, so bring your national food and drink.
  • bring your national flag, magazines, postcards what will help you to introduce your country.
  • if you bring your laptop will be easier for working, but is not mandatory.
  • and your good mood. This is the most important ☺

Intercultural night:

What we expect from you to present in these nights are: local or national dances, local music, games, little sweets, drinks, pictures, etc. from your countries.
Every country will prepare a short presentation of their culture, using all kinds of methods. It’s preferred a short and FUNNY presentation, such as showing pictures and commenting it, quiz, short video (either already existing or made by you), etc. (YES – use your creativity!). For the intercultural night, we ask you to prepare in advance a brief performance (singing, your traditional music, popular dances) to present your group (typical costumes are really welcomed!).
The main idea of this presentation is: What is important for a stranger to know about my country?
Any kind of presentation is granted, better not to do a power-point presentation to avoid yawning.
The Intercultural night is the “most wanted event” on the beginning of the youth exchange. It is a sort of traditional night opened to all participant audience made up of our group leaders, youth workers, facilitators, participants to the exchange. All National groups are asked to perform briefly (10 for your NGO and country/city not more, and 10 min for traditional dances and music) in order to introduce their self. Certainly, we need your enthusiasm and energy!!
For the Intercultural evening a Swedish buffet (cold buffet) will be organized. Here every country will bring traditional food dishes. The food that will be brought must be eatable without any processing (boiling, frying, etc). The dishes must also be accompanied by a brief description (their origin and ingredients, the way they are eaten…)

Travel Costs:

100% of the participants‘ travel costs will be reimbursed within the valid budget sums calculated according to the official rules of Erasmus+ programme. If a sum exceeds the limit, the excess will be paid by the participants themselves. The reimbursement limit is 360€ per participant from Bulgaria.

Reimbursement of the travel costs will only be done after submitting all original tickets, receipt/invoices, boarding passes and later sending of the return documents and boarding passes. Save the boarding passes from your airport check in as well. Please, be aware that in case you loose any invoices or tickets we will not be able to reimburse the cost. Reimbursement will be done in EURO, regardless of the currency indicated on your ticket and receipt/invoice according to the official currency exchange rate of European Commission.

! Note: in case of higher travel cost, you will need to cover excess yourself.

Please note that full completion and attending to the programme is mandatory to qualify for a refund. There can be no late arrivals or early departures. If you wish to stay longer for a touristic visit, please consider that the extra days prior or after the seminar are at your own expenses as there will be little time for this during the programme.

Important: It will be send only one bank transfert per Country . The recipient of the reimbursement is the partner association, not the participants according to the funding National Agency rules. To receive reimbursement participants should attend all the planned progamme elements (before, during and after the project activities).

Financial support:

Project is supported by “Erasmus+” program. Accommodation, meals, program and travel cost (based on distance) are covered from grant. There is NO participation fee. However, 15 BGN will be deducted from the guarantee of 100 BGN which every participant must send prior the departure, in order to be covered the different taxes, related to the participation of each representative from Bulgaria (bank transfer fees, post expenses, difference in the exchange rates, etc.). This guarantee will be reimbursed after completing all the dissemination activities, the participant is required to conduct after returning to Bulgaria.


The travel insurance is not mandatory but it is highly reccommended. It costs 1 BGN/day and covers all the common injuries during projects up to 5000 Euro. Our organization is not covering insurance, it is individual, but we are going to support you to obtain a proper insurance for the duration of the project. For more information about the insurance, contact us.


Every participant is individually entitled to receive a Youthpass Certificate, which confirms participation and validates the non-formal learning (NFL) experience of Training course project. Validating the learning experiences of participants is important in itself and the document can be of benefit in terms of the educational or employment future of the participant. Through Youthpass the European Commission ensures the Training course activity is recognized as a non-formal learning experience.
(*For more information on Youthpass you may click on this page to check it online)

Applicants MUST:

  1. Read carefully the Terms and Conditions you are agreeing with, when sending your application!
  2. Read carefully the Privacy Policy page.
  3. Have a valid ID/International passport.
  4. Possess valid European Health Card.
  5. Fill in the application form and send it to: stanimir.chukov@gmail.com – APPLICATION FORM
  6. Check the conditions your participation will be evaluated – Final evaluation form

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