On September 10 and 11, around 20 partners from Italy, Spain, Portugal, Belgium and Greece participated in the second transnational meeting of the YMI project to assess the project’s progress as well as to ensure its viability and success. The meeting, that was supossed to be hosted by project partner Autismo Burgos in Spain, was held online via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After an introduction led by the hosting association, the main results of the literature review were presented, together with a detailed analysis of the three focus groups set in Portugal, Italy and Spain, whose participants were young people on the autism spectrum, families and professionals.
These research has raised a range of key factors for inclusion of young people in the community and a first approach to the ideal profile of “Young Mediator” that will be key in the correct development of the YMI training for technicians and mediators for inclusion. Furthermore, a first proposal for the trainings content and objectives were also presented as a result of this preliminary findings.
At this meeting, other different topics related to the project management were also covered, such as impact, dissemination, finances or risk management.
YMI partners will meet again in January 2021. The project foresees four transnational meetings over its three-years lifespan.