GRUNDTVIG 1 Project:

Many people see dyslexia just as a reading and writing difficulty. But the problems that cause these difficulties also impact on many other life skills. Internet-based exercises can help to train specific skills of dyslexic persons. Such exercises are available, but the majority of them are focused on children and do not address the specific underlying problems of young adults. Young dyslexic adults do not like them due to their childish nature or because they seem irrelevant.

This project looks to provide a highly motivating and stimulating learning environment for a carefully selected range of skills known to be important for young dyslexic adults. It will address seven areas of particular importance for vocational skills development. The areas are targeted through direct and indirect stimulation.

The principles behind the exercises are not specific for any given language - they will work for all individuals across Europe. The exercises will be developed in collaboration with the user groups as well as those who train them.

Project Objectives

The project objectives are as follows:

The project partnership will develop a series of Internet-based training modules tailored for young dyslexic adults in the following 7 areas:

  1. Auditory discrimination
  2. Auditory memory
  3. Auditory sequence
  4. Visual discrimination
  5. Visual memory
  6. Visual sequence
  7. Spatial position (e.g. top, bottom, behind, ahead, left, right)

Target Groups

The project target groups are as follows:

  1. Young dyslexic adults, e.g. after school, at vocational training, at university, at the beginning of their professional career
  2. Trainers, who train dyslexic young adults

E-Learning concepts Rietsch KEG (ELC)

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Project Outcomes

The planned outcomes of the project are as follows:

Valorisation Conference


Dyslexia Conference at CEC, on April 3rd, 2008

Dyslexia is a difficulty in learning to read and write, and affects 1 in 10 of the population. That means that there are around 750,000 dyslexic children and adults in Bulgaria who endure a life of underachievement, frustration and often unemployment. But it does not have to be like this.

With appropriate awareness and understanding, they can be supported and helped to overcome their difficulties. In order to provide that support, two things must happen – resources must be available in Bulgarian, and the training for use of those resources must also be made available. Furthermore, awareness of dyslexia, and of how to support the dyslexic individual, needs to be widely publicised.

CEC, The Continuous Education Centre Technical University in Varna, is providing a half day conference on 3rd April 2008 to share the latest research and resources available in Bulgarian. These include details of an exciting new project Edysgate (www.edysgate.org) that involves computer based activities designed to support underlying difficulties. Other areas that will be covered include identification and support of the dyslexic child and adult. Various resources will be made available to delegates on the day. The conference includes Bulgarian and international speakers (with translation), including Dr Ian Smythe of the UK, who has visited Bulgaria many times and talked in Varna in 2001.

For further details, please contact
Tel.: Prof. Velko Naumov
Office: + 359 52 303 090
TU-Varna, 9010 Varna, 1 Studentska Str.


E-Learning concepts Rietsch KEG (ELC)

E-Learning concepts Rietsch KEG is a private SME, founded in Austria in 1995. The firm is specialized in the development of e-Learning. The key persons have long term “own” professional educational and training experience, the firm`s major strengths is it`s multimedia-didactical competence. The produced applications are tailored for continuing education of employees. The company is a well-known E-Learning specialist on tailored learning applications for continuing education in Austria (Labour Market Agency, Education Institute of the Chamber of Commerce, Banks, High-Tech firms, City Vienna etc.). The firm co-operates since 1995 with the Institute of Small Business at the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna and has been engaged in various EC-Projects, e.g. FP6 project SME environment. It has been a contractor and co-ordinator of the Leonardo Projects TOOL&MODEL (1996) and the project TOGETHER (1999), it was a project partner in Performance Bridge ( LdV, 2002), NEWorker (LdV, 2003), EDUET (MINERVA, 2004), B-Learning for all (LdV 2006) and coordinates the projects ADysTrain (LdV 2006) and E-DysGate (GRUNDTVIG 2006). The managing partner of the firm, Ms Petra Rietsch, is an experienced project manager. She is a docent at the University of Economics and Business Administration in Vienna, a trainer on E-Business and TRIZ and the current president of the Austrian TRIZ Competence Centre. Ms Rietsch published several articles on E-Learning.


Email: rietsch@elearning-concepts.at

Confederacion de Empresarios de Aragon


The Aragon Regional Confederation of Businessmen (CREA) is a professional organization made up of the three Aragonese provincial confederations: Huesca (the Business Confederation of the Province of Huesca, or CEOS); Teruel (the Teruel Business Confederation, or CET); and Zaragoza (the Confederation of Businessmen of Zaragoza, or CEZ) and CEPYME.

The three member confederations are comprised of the different sector federations and associations, plus businesses not belonging to any specific sector but lying within the Confederation’s territory.

Thus CREA is one the most representative business organizations at the national level, grouping together close to 170 associations, which means that around 26,000 Aragonese businesses operate under its wing.

CREA’s objectives are: To boost and collaborate on the balanced development of the region of Aragon and to defend free enterprise in a market economy system, to represent and defend the group interests of Aragonese business, to encourage the principle of unity and solidarity among businesses, to promote unity among businessmen and their active participation in solving the region’s problems, to make Aragon’s presence in Europe a reality, along with the presence of the Aragonese businessman, for the defense, foment and development of our regiona’s business sector.

CREA's International Department has a wide experiencie in the elaboration and developments of European Projects. CREA has also a Euro Info Centre to promote the E.U. policies among the Sme’s.

Email: calvarez@crea.es

Ibis Creative Consultants Ltd

Dr Ian Smythe, director of Ibis, has an international reputation for the development of dyslexia resources, both in print and in electronic form as well providing training and consultancy to governments, NGOs and institutions. He was co-editor of the International Book of Dyslexia, and designed and developed the Dyslexia Handbook for the British Dyslexia Association. He has lectured, consulted and developed resources widely in Europe as well as internationally including Brazil, Canada, China and Hong Kong. Recent projects managed include multinational academic research projects, a pan-European EU funded project on software for dyslexic students, computerised resource development including web-based assessment tool in many different languages, and paper- and CD-based resources for teaching students in Hong Kong. Recent training for those supporting dyslexic individuals has included work in Brazil, China, Greece, Hong Kong Hungary, Poland, Romania and Sweden. Contact: Dr Ian Smythe


Email: ian.smythe@ukonline.co.uk

Havredal gl. Skole / Denmark


Havredal gl. Skole (HgS), Denmark has developed a special education for youngsters with learning difficulties / disabilities: Green Caretaker. The target group is 26 young people in the age of 18-25 years. We work with ICT – information and communication technology, where we have experienced that even young people with huge learning difficulties might learn to read and write. We also work with the environment, user involvement and networking. The school participates in a regional network of social responsible workplaces, which supports the employment of marginalized groups. Our hope is that HgS will be mainstreaming the ideal education and integration on the labour market and in spare time activities for people with learning difficulties. HgS represents an innovation through research and new ways of thinking about the target groups hidden talents and potentials in combination with practically initiatives, the experience the parents have and the support from the local community. We take care of the person as a whole, and education, work, spare time and housing are equal elements in a process where a young person finds her or his platform for a self supporting life, and is able to add value to the society.

E-mail: post@hgs.dk

Verein Spunk
zur Umsetzung von innovativen, padagogischen, kultur- und sozialpolitischen Projekten

„Verein Spunk“ is a non-profit association. Its contribution to „EDysGate“ is grafic and design support by his members Elisabeth Kaziz-Hitz and Eva Riemer. The two have a twenty-year-long experience in grafic-design & text with clients in cultural, social and educational areas.

Email: verein@spunk.at

CEC - Continuous Education Centre Technical University - Varna


The Continuous and Distance Education Centre in TU-Varna, Bulgaria was established in 1997 as one of the four Regional Distance Education Centres funded by the PHARE programme

Main tasks are:Organisation of courses and seminars, providing specialized training of a number of target groups. Design of flexible, user-defined training courses. Establishment of close relations with similar training centres. International co-operation within the frame of European activities in the field of distance and continuous education.

Email: v_naumov2001@yahoo.co.uk

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