Posts Tagged ‘adults’

Social catering

Dear friends,


Dr. Emiliano Proietto has send me the script of his workshop “I’m worth too” on social catering in Italy. It talks about how the vast restaurant business in Italy has become a sector very suitable for employing persons with disabilities, mental illnesses, homeless and other marginalized groups of society.


If you wish to learn more about social catering in Italy, download the script here.

Taking care of the elderly

As many populations in Europe are growing older, taking care of the elderly may soon be a task for social educators.


This interesting article from the British newspaper The Guardian describes a care home near Amsterdam where the residents, who all have dementia, are kept active and actually seem to have fun.


The Guardian: The village where people have dementia – and fun.

La vitalisation au cœr de l’intervention

For those of you who understand French, the Swiss series “Les editions ies” have released a new book that focuses on the educational activities created for and performed by adults with intellectual disabilities.

La vitalisation au cœr de l’intervention – Analyse d’activités éducatives auprès d’adultes en situation de handicap psychique

To read more about the book and make your order, please see the flyer.

Gentle Teaching

At Soedisbakke in Denmark, a domicile and activity centre for adults with developmental disabilities, and a workplace for social educators, they use a philosophy of actively practicing love and compassion at the work place.

The idea is that showing love and compassion is part of the job description and constitutes a fundamental framework for the work of the staff. It is not so much a method but rather a certain approach which means that all contact and communication is done in a gentle manner, with a soft voice and respect, avoiding speaking with harsh words. The approach is called Gentle Teaching.

If there is a situation with outwarded reactions, instead of saying “You need to spend time on your own”, as a way of calming down the situation, the staff will rather say “I know you’re upset and this is ok, but perhaps you want to be alone for a bit?”

For the employees at Soedisbakken, being paid for showing love and compassion doesn’t feel strange. As one employee puts it: “I get paid to do what I am really good at – and I am really good at being with other people in a gentle and loving manner”

Gentle Teaching was founded by John McGee from Pourto Rico. Read more about the principles of Gentle Teaching .

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.