|Author(s)||Cappelle, G., Le Roy, E. & Verkest, H.|
|Editor||A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation|
For many years Flemish students in the Departments of Social Sciences and Education (KATHO) have received intensive training before they practice with communities of children and adults with special needs. Trainers increasingly focus on how trainees can support children and young adults to grow in awareness of their citizenship in communities or work settings. This paper presents the vision, theoretical framework and methods of some multidisciplinary initiatives in West- Flanders. We describe a mediation model for persons with mental dysfunction that has been successfully applied in a not-for-profit organisation; and proposals for educators and teachers to take a positive and stimulating approach to persons with dyslexia empowering their growth towards Identity and Citizenship.