Arts, heritage culture and special needs.  c GAIA Musuem, Randers, Denmark
Arts, heritage culture and special needs. c GAIA Musuem, Randers, Denmark

The starting point for this module in the belief that no citizen in Europe should be discriminated against in lifelong learning or employment.

In times of economic difficulties there is more than ever, a need for finding new ways to make better use of the diverse resources of European organisations and
people. This includes people who are more specially disadvantaged because of certain social or individual disabilities. This module explores two projects. Count Me In and Count Me In Too that used arts, culture and heritage towards this goal

At the heart of social inclusion is a belief that arts, culture and heritage are for everyone. The module wants to demonstrate that this particular sector has great potential as a framework for vocational education and training.

By exploring different practices and methodologies to be found throughout Europe and by transferring innovations from earlier projects, the objective of is to build help the professional working in VET or Heritage to collect an interdisciplinary resource on how to use the arts and cultural sector in VET for special needs groups.

The module will promote the rights of marginalised groups to be involved in and have access to artistic and cultural activities. By doing so, the overall aim
is to enhance their opportunities to be part of the European world of work. This miodule will help professionals working VET and Heritage to collate a body of material specific to their own institution that would help them both understand and implement actions for people with special needs. Special needs is a large sector containing a vast variety of different cases, including both physical and learning impairments. This module will help the professional explore the issues and collect and adapt appropriate material.


GAIA Museum
GAIA Museum

Your tasks are to :

1. Plan a general framework for working with people with special needs in your heritage institution.

2. Plan a supported work programme for people with special needs in your institution. To create a work based training programme for people with special needs for your museum, gallery or cultural heritage institution based upon the methodologies developed in the Count Me In project.

The Count Me In E-Learning Programme is designed to help you to transfer knowledge and ideas about setting up and delivering a supported work programme for people with special needs in the cultural sector. The programme is based upon knowledge, real life examples and experience of delivering successful work programmes and vocational training at Gaia Museum Outsider Art, Debajo del Sombrero, Ligeværd and the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum.

Who is this course for?

Vocational trainers and teachers in the cultural sector. Managers of education programmes in the cultural sector. Human resource managers in the cultural sector. Individuals wishing to learn more about working with people with special needs in the workplace. Managers and staff in cultural organisations. Charity staff wishing to offer work programmes for people with special needs in the cultural sector. People working with Outsider Art artists.



c Teatr Grodski , Poland
c Teatr Grodski , Poland

Stage 1.

Follow the link to the Count Me in publication and read through and ask the question; How can this apply to my own institution.

Follow the link to the Count Me In learning course offered at

What do I need to access and use the course?

  • A good internet connection Computer or tablet (see note below if using an ipad)
  • Speakers or headphones (a transcript is also available in the course)A printer to print resourcesJust fill out the form below to open the course

The best way of viewing the course on an ipad is:

1.Download the Articulate Mobile Player from:

2. After you have downloaded the player click on the link to the course.

How long will it take?

Each learner has a different pace of learning but we would recommend allowing a day or 2 half days to go through the course properly. If you are looking to create your own programme then you will need to allow additional time for this.

Stage 2.

Devise a plan for making an active program for people with disabilities in you institution. People with learning diffuclties and/or motor dificulties may need extra training time. The Count me In too. The CMI2 team  developed an ultra-simple app creation tool that will enable heritage training professionals, managers, coaches etc to create simple task-based training apps for employees and trainees with learning disabilities. The apps aim to empower workers to complete given tasks more independently. The App Generator is accompanied by instructional videos and each app by eLearning educational trainining notes for the trainer.

Follow the link to the Count Me in Too site.

Choose an App and its respective elearning and read through.

Register for your own log in, watch the instructional video and read the methodology publication.

Have a try at creating your own training APP

You can also join a course with support form the erasmus + program at





Learning Outcomes

  • To gain a thorough understanding of the Count Me In training program
  • To gain access and be able to use the Count me In Too practical tools.
  • To enable the TRAINER to create their own

Knowledge acquired

  • Ability to develop an understanding of the methodlogy required when setting up a training program for disability
  • Contain the body of facts, principles, theories and practices related to a field of a a disability training program

Skills acquired

  • Ability to apply knowledge and use know-how to complete tasks and solve problems in association woth setting up a disability trainig program

Competences acquired

  • The TRAINER will learn how to use the App generator and create own elearning in order to create APPS to develop work related competences for people with learning difficulties. It is described in terms of responsibility and autonomy.


After working through the Count Me In and Count Me iI Too material the heritage and/or VET professional will receive a thorough grounding in the requirements of setting up a training program for poeple with disabilites in a heritage site. The programs will give both a methological overview , a concrete training and evaluation program and practical training tools that will enable managers, supervisors, mentors and job coaches to create simple ‘task based apps’ that will empower workers and trainees with learning disabilities to work more independently.