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Roberta Speziale - Anffas Onlus

Psychologist and Communication and Advocacy Manager
00183 rome RM

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Via Casilina, 3/T
00183 rome RM


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Anffas is a non-profit organisation with a democratic structure which operates on a voluntary basis. Its main purposes are solidarity and social advancement in the field of health, healthcare, social welfare, social services, sports, scientific research, education, charity, the protection of human and civil rights, primarily in favour of disadvantaged people with intellectual and / or relational disability and their families, to guarantee the inalienable right for a free, protected and independent life while respecting their dignity.
Anffas has more than 50 years of experience in education, training and awareness of people with intellectual disabilities, their families and professionals.
Anffas provides trainings for people with disabilities, professionals and family members through the "Centre for the Study and training Anffas Onlus" organizing training courses all over the country.
Anffas has a long experience in providing information and training that are accessible to people with intellectual disabilities. The association publishes many documents into easy-to-read version, there are easy to read boxes in the house organ magazine “La Rosa Blu” and trainings on easy to read format are still planned even beyond the end of the project Pathways 2, to carry out training in this field throughout Italy.
Anffas shows its strong commitment to give the right place in the society to people with disabilities also having various people with intellectual disabilities collaborating with its staff working as trainer or editor.

Roberta Speziale has a master’s degree in cognitive neuroscience and psychological rehabilitation. She is a psychologist. She is the Responsible for institutional relations, advocacy and communication for Anffas Onlus. She has a great experience in project management, communication, social policy, education, and training. Her skills are completed by the sound knowledge of person centered methodology and quality of life system, approaches related to intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has been engaged for years in the design and implementation of projects of Anffas at the national and international level. She is an expert in accessible information and trainings for people with intellectual disabilities. She has skills and experience in adult learning and training for families, professionals and people with intellectual disabilities. Roberta is in charge of trainings at the national level, especially on the subject of model of disability based on human rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, on the issue of education of persons with disabilities, on the theme of individualized planning and on of training and information accessible to people with intellectual disabilities.


Presentation of competencies

Developing positive attitudes and values towards adult learners with disabilities

Attitude towards adult learners with disabilities

The expert understands the importance of inclusion and participation of people with disabilities and demonstrates positive values and attitudes.

Expectations from adult learners with disabilities

The expert has a positive attitude towards the abilities of people and is experienced in strategies which support people to reach their potential.

Attitude of other learners

The expert is skilled in methods which promote positive attitude and values among the learners.

Adult learners with disabilities advocacy

The expert is able to support organisations in developing an inclusive model of education.

Attitude towards accessibility laws and regulations

The expert understands accessibility legislation and guidelines and is able to advise an organisation to fulfil their responsibilities.

Building partnerships

The expert is familiar with and able to share information of local and national organisations promoting rights of learners with disabilities.
Providing an accessible environment for learning

Accessibility review

The expert is able to test the physical environment on its accessibility and work with an organisation to develop strategies to improve and evaluate it.

Professional Assistance

The expert is able to support organisations in developing internal resources and competencies on accessibility and locating other experts.
Providing an accessible digital learning environment for learning

ICT Policy

The expert is able to train organisations on strategies for accessible information and communication technology (ICT).
Planning accessible learning

Recognising prior learning and experience

The expert can train staff on how to recognise prior learning and experiences of learners with disabilities and how to include them in future learning goals.

Managing personal data

The expert provides information on organizations provisions relating to the protection of personal data.

Adaptative learning provision

The expert is experienced in alternative learning methods and technologies to support the individual needs and interests of learners with and without disabilities.

Health and safety

The expert can advise about health and safety measures for learners with disabilities.
Supporting accessible learning

Self-directed learning

The expert can assist organizations in promoting and independently in their training offers and training.

Peer support (learners)

The expert can train the organisation on the concept of peer support and motivate the organisation to enable peer support among the learners.

Personal assistance

The expert can advise the organisation about the possibilities of internal/external personal assistance. They may signpost to qualified and experienced personal assistants.

Recording and reviewing progress and achievements

The expert is able to conduct methods to find reasons for minor achievements and minor progress of learners with disabilities and to find potentials for improvement. She or he can also train the organisation on these methods.

Staff expertise on adult learners with disabilities

The expert is able to advise staff on needs of learners with different disabilities and offer training in meeting their needs.

Continuing Professional Development

The expert can train or knows further education for staff regarding accessible education of learners with disabilities.

Staff Induction

The expert is able to advise organisations on developing plans to induct its staff on accessibility.
Communicating and public relations

Communication with adult learners with disabilities

The expert is able to train staff on methods and tools for an appropriate and positive communication with learners with disabilities.

Informing on the learning provision

The expert is able to support the organisation in the provision of accessible information and offer training.

Informing on the accessibility of the learning provision

The expert is able to support the organisation in providing information on the accessibility of their course offerings in their public relation material.

Promoting the learning provision

The expert knows strategies und methods to promote inclusive courses and trainings by addressing learners with and without disabilities.

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