The project in short
The Disability Leaders of Tomorrow (D-Lot) project has been developed to support professionals from the service provision sector in promoting and coordinating real and sustainable change in service delivery in Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries. Coordinated by the European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), the project is implemented in 15 countries.
The D- LoT project is generously supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
The project implements practical and customised support to professionals in service providing organisations on how to apply the paradigm shift as embodied in the United Nation Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UN CRPD) principles in their specific environment and daily practice by achieving the following objectives:
- Increasing the knowledge of UN CRPD and the innovation process in the disability service provision
- Increasing the capacity of service providers for implementing models of good proactive and sustainable development
- Increasing the know-how and cooperation among disability organisations at local, national and European level
The activities developed within the project are targeted at the 15 mentors and 15 mentees selected from the 15 CEE countries. The relationship mentors-mentees is based on active interaction and participation in the following activities:
- E-Learning hub which includest the D-LoT course of 10 training modules covering the most important learning outcomes for managerial positions in the disability service provision sector. In addition, the platform hosts a Knowledge Centre with useful information
- Webinars: both mentors and mentees have the opportunity to learn and discuss recent developments in international and European policies, to find out funding opportunities and to get up to speed with latest trends in the sector
- Job shadowing which offers the opportunity not only to learn, but also to experience and personally apply the approaches used in the day-to-day practice. The mentor will host the mentee in his/her organisation for a one week placement, where the mentees will explore how to implement the acquired knowledge
- Pass it On projects: upon completion of the above activities, the mentees will have to organise a similar set of training activities at local level. The mentors will assist their mentees in the design of those activities and will advise them on how to best pass on the acquired knowledge.