Digital tools for learners with special needs

Video art therapy, 3D drawing, puzzle of the Self, paINTeraction system are some of the topics covered by this course focused on the active inclusion of students with special needs.


Course Venue

Perugia, Italy

Content Areas
  • Digitalisation
  • Inclusion and Diversity
  • Innovative learning and teaching practices


Special Needs, Immersive Technologies, Art Therapy

Potential Participants

Trainer , Educator , Staff/Professional , Disadvantaged Learner

Course Duration (in days)


Next Available Course
From 15. Jul 2024
To 19. Jul 2024

Organised by

European Grants International Academy




The course aims at letting the learners understand the tools and their theoretical background, as well as to make them able to choose the best tool for the right person. The Tools are the result of years of therapeutic applications with different populations. Throughout failures and successes, by trial and error, the best practices were selected by the people with special needs themselves and then we have found developers for customized applications. o The main tool is the PaINTeraction system, a customized software based on video and audio feedback of movements. o    Video art therapy o    3D Drawing o    The puzzle of the Self

European Dimension

The multi-cultural dimension of our courses represents an added value for our participants who always have the opportunity to get in contact with colleagues from other EU countries and learn new skills through a cooperative learning approach.

Tentative Program & Schedule



Welcome, getting to know each other, introduction to ICT and special needs.


paINTeraction: an interactional model based on the use of interfaces that detect the observer’s movements, gestures and voice.


Videoart therapy: real time editing for using the video as a real feedback tool.


tablet + 3d printer, drawings and symbol as tridimensional objects for further interactions and activities.


Project management, the theory of change in social innovation initiatives.


Free (departure of participants attending the basic course).



Guided tour of Umbrian medieval villages and natural sites.


Digital storytelling, combining the art of telling stories with a variety of multimedia.


The puzzle of the self: processing images and videos to create a single ‘puzzle’ image of the face of the patient.

DAY 10

3D printing pen: from drawings to solid, stable structures and objects.

DAY 11

Empowering special needs with digital tools, how to get funds from the European Union. Presentation of financing programmes and case studies. Firewall party.

DAY 12

Departure of participants.

Expected Outcome

Practical sessions

Participants will learn how to use the different methods by using them in their own group of students.

Theoretical sessions

Starting from the theoretical background and the scientific knowledge on the different populations of people with special needs, the aim of every tool will be explained and illustrated. The evaluation methods of tool efficacy performed by different research groups will be explained. Different applications of the same tools in different populations will be illustrated. Real-life situations will be introduced through videos of sessions with subjects with special needs.


Participants will in turn simulate to be people with special needs while using the tools.
After every experience and simulation there will be a space of supervising and sharing. A virtual environment will be created where students can continue the discussions about the tools also after the training course. Every practical sessions will be video recorded, thus giving the opportunity of being watched during supervising sessions.

There will be the opportunity of having observing sessions in groups of people with special needs using the introduced tools.

About Umbria Region

Training courses takes place all over the Region, depending on the period of the year, the topic and the type of the course. Besides Foligno and Perugia, our favourite locations are Trasimeno Lake in summer period, the Colfiorito mountain valley in winter and the many agritouristic facilities scattered in our beautiful countryside for the rest of the year.

Venue address

Str. Villa Gemini, 4
06126 Perugia

How to Apply

Interested participants can apply online here.

The next editions of the course are scheduled 15-19 July 2024 – 21-25 October 2024

Minimum Number Of Participants


Participation Fee

€ 400

Course Website
European Grants International Academy
European Grants International Academy

European Grants International Academy


Via Andrea Vici 8b, 06034 Foligno (PG)

Website URL

Contact persons

Altheo Valentini,

Co-Organiser (local host)

Name of Co-Organisation


Short Description of the Organisation

Associazione Atlas Onlus was founded in 2016 and is based at Atlas Centre in Perugia, Italy. The Centre is first and foremost a place for inclusion, growth, training and research. We welcome both the so-called normal people, with the difficulties that life brings, and people with severe intellectual and relational disabilities, so that through creativity they can find a deep sense in their life path and achieve a relational dimension. Associazione Atlas Onlus is constituted by volunteers and professionals in the mental health field, clients and family members. A core interest is the use of traditional arts therapies, along with innovative verbal and non verbal communication approaches. Different sensorial channels – sight, hearing, touch – are involved in an integrated way. Each client is offered a cycle of creative labs tailored to their taste, talents and sensory profile. To attain these goals, Associazione Atlas carries out and organizes its activities by promoting the interaction with the local authorities responsible for the development of social services, with schools, with training institutes and university research centres, with the families of users. The goal is to work together to improve educational steps and to reach rehabilitative and inclusive objectives. The Association is running research projects with several Italian Universities. Atlas also aims to support motivation and continuous training of operators and volunteers through weekly intervisions and the organization of practical and theoretical seminars, study days and conferences. Atlas also accepts the challenge of the “digital revolution” to ensure that the new media and new technologies are not tools for isolation but vehicle of expression and deep relationships.

Organisation Website