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RURAAC : Alternative Augmented Communication for rural areas


The RURAAC project aims to promote the social inclusion of people with intellectual disability in rural areas through augmentative alternative communication (AAC) in outdoor experiences and the use of local natural assets.

Аugmentative alternative communication (AAC) is an approach that aims to offer an alternative mode of communication through simplified language to those who risk being excluded from communication because of their condition. ACC and its application in rural areas is the main focus of the RURAAC project. 

The project is implemented in 3 European Countries by 4 project partners, by combining their experience in a complementary way. We are proud to be partnering with Trekkify /Italy/, Cooperativa Sociale GEA Onlus /Italy/, and Latvijas Autisma apvieniba /Latvia/. 

More specifically through the project we will be working for:


– The development of professional competences of educators working with adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) and educators working in the field of outdoor education on the topic AAC. They will develop new knowledge, skills and competences to facilitate inclusive educational activities.


– The promotion of the empowerment of PID in rural areas through a co-design process aimed at  producing AAC materials to promote local natural assets.


– Dissemination of project results to local communities in rural areas, inviting them to use AAC in their activities to promote  natural heritage.


During the RURAAC project the following results will be achieved and accessible to the partners and everyone interested in it:


  1. Open source training modules for educators on AAC with a specific focus on the promotion of natural assets.

  2. PQHFB will be hosting an AAC transnational training course for educators of adults with ID and educators promoting  inclusive outdoor activities.

  3. Partners will develop communication material in CAA for the promotion of local natural assets (e.g. short guides, signs, etc.)

  4. 3 promotion events will be organized in Bulgaria, Italy, and Latvia.

The RURAAC project is possible thanks to the support of the Erasmus+ Program and the European Commission. 

Funded by the European Union. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or Erasmus+ National Agency - INDIRE.  Neither the European Union nor INDIRE can be held responsible for them.  Project RURAAC Nr.2023-1-IT02-KA210-ADU-000152145

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