TRAIN2VALIDATE is a strategic partnership in the field of higher education focused on one of the European priorities in the national context: social inclusion.
The main goal of the project is the creation of new specific professional profiles for the production of easy-to-read materials (E2R materials): validators and facilitators. Validators are people who check the comprehensibility of final texts adapted into E2R, a methodology focused on producing contents easy to understand for people with reading difficulties (from people with intellectual disabilities to elderly, recent immigrants, low literacy or dyslexia, amongst others). Facilitators are supporters that help validators organise and develop their job and are connected to E2R writers to send them their amendments.
TRAIN2VALIDATE originates from the development of Easy to Read (E2R) as an inclusive writing methodology that enables people with cognitive needs to access information. Until now, there have been relevant projects to include this solution as a tool for long-life learning (EU funded projects Pathways I and II) and to consolidate the role of the E2R writer (EU project EASIT). Globally, the International Standardisation Organisation is working on a standard for E2R, which is similar to that published in Spain in April 2018 (UNE 153101 EX) and to the DIN standard that is under development in Germany. While these efforts have put forward both the profession of E2R writers and guidelines, there is still a lack of training and recognition of the other two job roles involved: facilitators and validators.
Facilitators or Validators to be
TRAIN2VALIDATE blends a group of complementary partners: HEIs, end-users’ organisations and a company specialised in certification. All partners have an involvement in E2R, accessible or inclusive communication tools or education for people with reading difficulties, which is the main strength of the partnership.
The specific objectives are to define the skills of facilitators and validators as professional roles; to propose a curriculum both theoretical and practical, fostering the creation of vocational and higher education courses as a possibility of inclusive long-life learning pathways; to create and validate specific open educational resources to learn and train to become facilitator or validator; and to propose different options of certification or degree at some stage.
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