The first transnational meeting of our project named “A Guide For Disabled Driver Learners” numbered 2021-1-TR01-KA210-ADU-000035019, supported by the Turkish National Agency affiliated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and carried out by our Directorate, started on May 24, 2022 in Eskişehir. The managers and instructors met in Turkey and visited a number of driving schools. It was very interesting and informative. Within the scope of our project, which aims to improve the education of disabled driver candidates and increase their social inclusion, we exchanged ideas about project management with our partners from Italy and Malta, and completed the first day of our meeting.
On the second day of our project, we visited TEKNİK Driving School and ÇAKIR Driver School in Eskişehir with our participants. We gave information to our partners about driver training in our country. We shared good practices in driver training in our country. Then we visited driver training and exam areas. Together with our partners, we examined the driver trainings and the vehicles used in the training of the disabled on site. Thus, we completed the first activity of our project, which aims to eliminate the obstacles for everyone in our world where mobility is important for every individual.
The third day, the meeting held at Eskişehir Modernity Hotel, discussions were held with our partners from Italy and Malta about the academic studies to be carried out within the scope of the project. It has ended onthe third day.
The second transnational meeting of our project named “A Guide For Disabled Driver Learners” numbered 2021-1-TR01-KA210-ADU-000035019, supported by the Turkish National Agency affiliated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and carried out by our Directorate,was held on June 22-23-24, 2022 in Floriana/Malta.
The project partners visited driving Schools in Malta. The laws in force in Malta to give driving licences to disabled people are introduced, discussed and compared with those in force in Italy and Turkey.
It was visited in an institution that supports disabled drivers. In this agency medical tests are done to thoroughly know the disabilities of learners and understand their driving possibilities. The skills of learners are ascertained at physical and psychological levels (reflexes, fatigue, concentration, etc.). Whenever possible, the cars are adapted to their personal needs with appropriate mechanical and electronic devices.
If the disability is stable the license revision is done according to the standard procedure, while if the disability is progressive, the license revisions are done more frequently depending on the case.
A visit is made to a large square reserved exclusively for novice drivers. This area is safe and allows learners to become confident, in absolute safety, of the driving maneuvers. Each disabled student will be using specific adaptations based on their needs in order to facilitate their procedure that leads to driving licence opening the door to independence.
Afterwards, a place is reached where some members of the partnership, driving instructors, show all the participants various tests carried out with the vehicles provided by the Maltese driving school.
These visits allowed to exchange good practices and to form the draft of a foreseen disabled drivers guide.Thus, we completed the second activity of our project, which aims to eliminate the obstacles for everyone in our world where mobility is important for every individual.
The third transnational meeting of our project named " A GUIDE FOR DISABLED DRIVER LEARNERS" was held in Italy .Within the scope of our Erasmus + project numbered 2021-1-TR01-KA210-ADU-000035019, supported by the Turkish National Agency affiliated to the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we held our meeting on November 29-30, December 1, 2022, reviewed driver training, and shared good practices regarding disabled drivers. We aimed to contribute to driver training with the guide to be prepared at the end of the project.
While the participants were visiting Türkiye, Italy and Malta driving courses ,they examined the training systems in these countries ,compared the legislation and shared good practices. Later,a research was carried out within the scope of the project titled “Guide for Disabled Drivers” numbered 2021-1-TR01-KA210-ADU-000035019, supported by the Turkish National Agency for the Presidency for EU Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Within the scope of this research, interviews were conducted with 30 disabled drivers, 11 driving instructors and 9 driving school administrators in Turkiye, Italy and Malta. The data obtained from the research were analyzed and the results of the research were reached and some suggestions were made for disabled driver education. The knowledge gained during the project is presented in a guide.
As a dissemination activity within the scope of Erasmus + project supported by the Turkish National Agency affiliated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey tree planting event was organized. In our project numbered 2021-1-TR01-KA210-ADU-000035019, we aim to raise awareness about disabled driver training with an environmentalist approach. Owners, instructors of driver schools, members of Eskişehir Driving Schools Association and students of Şehit Yalçın Baykuş Primary School planted trees together in the garden of the school.
The welcoming ceremony for the newborns of 2022 in the Municipality of Ceregnano was held on Sunday 12 February at 10:30 at the 'Barin' Auditorium in Ceregnano. The mayor Egisto Marchetti, the deputy mayor Mrs Elisa Pizzardo, the councilor for culture Alberto Boccato and the managing director for public relations Mrs Giulia Tamiello took part in the occasion. The newborns and their families present at the ceremony were given a special kit by the Municipality and a small plant by Cercogem – Towntwinning Committee of Ceregnano.
Before the delivery of the gifts, the Vice President of Cercogem Ivo Zambello spoke with a short speech:
“Our association is a partner in a European project on the theme of “The disabled driving” project which aims to compare the situations of Turkey, Malta and Italy.
Among the forms of publicity for the project, we have also chosen the gift and/or planting of seedlings. When Mayor Marchetti told me the idea of - Ceregnano in Love - we were proud to contribute to this ceremony by giving each newborn in 2022 a seedling to remind families and all of us that Valentine's Day feeds on love for all living beings, a love that starts from respect and reaches the point of giving.
Our trees were planted at The Mall public gardens in the beautiful city of Floriana.
A number of distinguished guests attended the event.
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