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Articles about working with people who have autism


Jasmine Dyoco who works with people who have autism would like to share these interesting links: 


15 Behavior Strategies for Children on the Autism Spectrum


How to Create a Backyard Sanctuary for Kids with Disabilities


For Educators: Strategies for Working With Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder


Helping Asperger’s Teens To Survive and Thrive: 15 Key Steps


Creating a Home Atmosphere of Solitude to Help Cope with Adult Autism




Work abroad

Dear Aieji,

my name is Ardian Zhupa. I live in Italy and I am 30 years old. I have finished my Bachelor degree in Social Education. At this moment I’m working as a Social Educator in Italy. I like to experience new things, and I have always dreamt of working outside of Italy. I could be Denmark, Sweden, Norway, UK, Australia or Canada. I have work field experience with kids with disabilities, which gave me a good and educational experience. In connecting with my assignment before I graduate, I also have about for 4 months of work field experience with Albanian children as a volunteer in educational centers which I have a big interest in, and would love to work in that environment again. I speak English, Italian and Albanian.

Also during this period I am participating in a programm in order to become a Gestalt Counsellor.

Please contact

Looking for job in Northern Europe

An appeal from Sara Scattini from Italy:

I am writting this presentation because I am looking for social educational work in North Europe, firstly for a short period because I am still attending university and after I would like to spend some years there.

I am Sara and I was born in 06/29/1996 in Italy.  I am living near Milan, in a small town called Varese. I have done the Scientific Liceum in Luino with good marks, 98/100. After that I joined the biomedical engineering  university in Milan because my passion was to care about disabilities. During this period of university I had been frequenting, as volounteer, a residential center for adults with disabilities.  I have done one and an half year of volunteering, and four months of real work.

Spending time with them I  have recognized a desire in me: to stay in contact with desease people. Doing “ just” prosthesis I was not complete, so I had changed university and I had been joining the “ Professional Education” course of University in Varese.

Now I am frequenting the second year of my way, with a 27/30 mark. In my course we do 500 hours of internship in a year in different desease situations. The first year I did it in elderly residential structures, and now I am doing it inthe adult center that I have talked to you before. The next semester I will spend my internship in a psychiatric residence.

My dream is to work with people with disability of all ages, I think that them, more than other people, can teach us how important is to fight against and for life. I love their smiles, their energy. They inspire me, and I would work for them, to permict them to reach their autonomy and liberty ( as possible).

I would like to spend a period ( from months to years), maybe firstly as an intership, in North Europe, because travelling I discover that their lifestyle and behaviour is similar to mine, and I feel my ease there. Also because I would like to esperiment how is social education in that part of the World, bringing home what I will learn.

I hope I have been exhaustive. I will be there to answer other questions:

Thank you for earing,


Interesting articles

AEIJI had this interesting application:

 I thought I’d get 2018 off to an uplifting start by sharing a few articles I think will empower and assist those living with physical disabilities. I’m sending them to you because I came across a page on your site ( that already has lots of wonderful information for this community – I’d love to see you add these there!


Explaining special needs to your child: 15 great children’s books


How to Remodel for Accessibility


Developing Your Blind Child’s Sleep Schedule


How to Exercise if You Have Limited Mobility


Healthy Eating Advice for Wheelchair-bound People


Many thanks!

Jennifer McGregor


The International Conference “Bridging Traditions and Innovations”

As posted before: February 22-24, 2018 an international conference brings together practitioners, academics and students who are occupied with social pedagogy and social education. This very interesting conference will take place in Puebla in Mexico. Registration is still possible. Please have a look at

Newsletter December 2017

Dear all

First of all I want to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 2017 is fading and soon we can look back at a year with a lot of activities in AIEJI. In spring we finished the project about social educational work within mental health and the project was presented at the world congress in Campinas in Brazil in April. The congress was a success and again I would like to thank AEESSP for the great job they did hosting so many AIEJI members and supporters and planning a very interesting program. It was a very special adventure for me again to meet so many social educators from different parts of the world. Thank you for that as well.

At the General Assembly at the world congress I was reelected as the president for AIEJI. I’m very proud of still being in this position and very proud of working together with very skilled and dedicated persons in the AIEJI board. In 2017 three of these persons unfortunately left the board. This was Irmelin Sangolt Tjelflaat (Norway) who was the General Secretary, Daniela Duff (Switzerland) who was the Treasurer and Maria Jose Calderon (Spain) who was the European Regional Officer. Thank you for your great work for AIEJI and for your inspiring company. I wish you all the best.

Luckily new and very competent people were elected to the board in 2017. At the General Assembly in Campinas Nicola Titta (Italy) and Silvia Azevedo (Portugal) European Regional Officer)) were elected. And the extra ordinary General Assembly in November Jogvan Philbrow (The Faroe Islands) was elected as the General Secretary and Guillaume Favre was elected as the treasurer. I wish you a warm welcome to the AIEJI board.

The three main tasks of AIEJI in this congress period (2017-2021) were decided at the world congress: Ethics in social educational work, social educational work with people with dementia and recruitment of new members. At the last board meeting (in November) we started up the first project by collecting formulated ethical values from AIEJI organizations to find out about different ways of working with this  crucial issue. We also started up the third project – concrete by visiting the Baltic States in December to get to know more about social educational work and education in this part of the world. This resulted in a very interesting meeting and I’m happy to write (as already posted on the website) that Lithuania Association of Social Educators (LASP) very soon will be a member of AIEJI. The important project concerning dementia will start up in 2019. The three projects of course will be represented at the next world congress. This will be in Switzerland 2021.

Hopefully 2018 will be a year in the name of social education – at different levels. We need that whether we’re talking about strengthening our profession, empowering citizens or social politics. More than ever we need to stand together and show that what we do makes a very significant difference in people’s lifes and in societies. By these words I wish you again a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Best regards from

Benny Andersen, President of AIEJI.





Welcome to LASP

Dear Aieji members


I’m proud and happy to welcome a new member of Aieji.

This monday I was in Lithaunia and met with collegues from Lithaunia Association of Social Educators – LASP.  And we made an agreement about membership of Aieji.

So I warmly welcome  the national Lithaunia Association of Social Educators as a new member of Aieji.

It is so important not only for social educators in Lithaunia, but also for social educators around the world. The more member of Aieji, the stronger voice we have.

Here you can see a picture from our meeting Monday.

Best and happy regards

Benny Andersen



Extra Ordinary General Assembly

Last weekend the AIEJI  General Assembly was held in Portugal. We are happy to inform you  that Jogvan Philbrow from The Faero Islands was elected to the position as General Secretary, and Guillaume Favre from Switzerland was elected to the position as Treasurer. A warm welcome to the two new members of the AIEJI board.

SUNY New Paltz Vacancy – External Posting (Faculty)

Applications are invited for consideration for appointment to the following position:

Department: Sociology

Budget Title: Instructor

Local Title: Instructor of Sociology/Concentration in Human Services

Posting Date: November 8, 2017

Classification: n/a

Duties: The Sociology Department of SUNY New Paltz invites applications for a tenure track Instructor of Sociology and Concentration in Human Services (CHS). The CHS was initiated by local human services professionals in 1992 to professionalize the field of human service. The CHS prepares students to work directly with service recipients using a variety of modalities. Inspired by European social pedagogy, the CHS has a distinct focus on human rights and international social welfare. For more information on the CHS, refer to


The primary responsibilities will be to teach the following core courses in the CHS: Introduction to Human Services, a survey course, which requires a broad knowledge of the vast variety of human services populations and programs as well as social welfare policies; Human Services Theory and Practice I with a focus on families and child welfare; the senior year Field Education Internship courses, which include teaching the field education courses, individual and group supervision, and site visits to internship placements; and other courses as needed.

Participation in departmental and university service is expected, as is engagement in ongoing professional development activities.



  • Terminal degree, preferably an M.S.W., D.S.W, or a Ph.D. in Social Welfare.
  • Background in both theoretical expertise and clinical and hands-on practice experience in the field of human services.
  • Comprehensive understanding of the lived experiences of direct support practitioners in residential settings
  • Commitment to the professionalization of the human services workforce


  • Experience teaching at the university level with evidence of teaching excellence

Contact Information: Electronic submissions required. Applicants will be required to submit a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; sample syllabi; a summary of student evaluations or other evidence of excellence in teaching; a statement of teaching philosophy and a writing sample (URL accepted). The three professional references provided by applicant will receive an email with a link to upload reference letters. To apply, please visit Individuals with disabilities who need assistance with the application process should call (845) 257-3675.

Deadline: Review of applications will begin on 12/5/17 and continue until the position is filled.

Other important information about this vacancy: This position offers full NYS benefits, which are among the most comprehensive in the nation. The State University of New York at New Paltz is a highly selective, public college that is recognized regionally for the strength of its academic programs. It is located in the beautiful Hudson River Valley with easy access to New York City and other nearby recreational and cultural amenities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status. Candidates who bring diverse cultural experience and who are especially qualified to mentor and advise all members of our diverse student population are especially encouraged to apply. The State University of New York at New Paltz is an AA/EOE/ADA employer.

Federal law and regulations require notice to all prospective employees regarding crimes that have occurred on campus in the current three year period. Please refer to the University Police Web site for the complete Annual Security Report (“Clery Report”) at


Claude Pahud Honory President of AIEJI


This week Honory President of Aieji Claude Pahud past away.  Claude was one of social Educations pioneers. In his long life he has been very active in the field of social Education, figthing, even in a recent past for generous and modern ideas regarding the difficult kids and youngsters. A strong involvement, an example for us all.

This spring I had the great pleasure to meet Claude in his appartment in Lausanne. And I will never forget his inspiring words, his attitude and his entusiasme. As he told me just before I should go – “always remember – we are social educators not social workes -we have our own profession.

Today I’am very greatfull that I had the opportunity to meet Claude.

Honored be his memory.

Benny Andersen



AIEJI’s 19th World Congress

Aieji 19th World Congress

XIX Congresso

In the President's Report 2017 you can read about AIEJI's work and projects from 2013-2017. You can also read about the coming work programme for the next four years.

Download the report here.

AIEJI’s 18th World Congress

In the President's Report 2013 you can read about the activities of AIEJI in the last congress period as well as the ideas for the coming work programme in 2013 - 2017.

Download the report here.