Following the publication of an article in the Athens News “ A day in the life of a disabled person” a campaign is born as a Facebook page and quickly has 800+ followers
Knowing that the teaching of English as a Foreign Language (EFL) can be an effective tool for raising social awareness, the campaign evolves to focus on encouraging EFL teachers to combine teaching English with raising awareness about mobility disability.
We begin work on a website with free teaching material that will help teachers do this.
We network to find
a. people involved in EFL who will spread the word about our campaign through their own networks and at EFL events worldwide. We call these people ambassadors.
b. EFL professionals (this includes teachers) who are willing to support us by contributing lesson plans that raise awareness about mobility disability, which we will upload to our site when it is ready.
- We promote the campaign at 5 EFL events in our home country, Greece, and 15 articles are published, either by us or about us in the EFL press.
We look beyond our home country of Greece and promote the campaign at 26 EFL events in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Serbia, Turkey and U.K.
Thirty articles are published either by us or about us in the EFL press.
In December we launch our site with free teaching material and graded reading texts and in the first month alone have 869 visitors and 4,272 page hits. Word is starting to get around.
We get responses such as this: “Keep inspiring teachers and students!”
We continue to promote our work at 42 EFL events worldwide in Austria, Brazil, Dominican Republic, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Serbia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, and UK.
Twenty-two articles are published either by us or about us in the EFL press.
We attend the IATEFL conference in Liverpool in 2013.
Our mailing list is expanded little by little, and over 3,500 people are regularly kept up to date with our activities.
Our Facebook page is improved.
- We join Twitter.
The content of the site is increased and provides over 60 EFL free lesson plans and 40 free graded reading texts at all levels, as well as a specially produced video clip on Wheelchair Etiquette.
Our website is selected by the EDTECH HUB as their website of the month.
- New Editions / Cengage Learning initiate an e-mail campaign and the distribution of campaign poster/leaflets to foreign language schools in Greece.
- Sales representatives from Burlington books start distributing flyers to foreign language schools in Greece.
- Hassan Ait Man (Morocco), Ben Goldstein (Spain), Eleni Nikoforou (Cyprus) and Waleed Nureldeen (Egypt) join Lindsay Clandfield (Spain), Jeffrey Doonan (Turkey), Jamie Keddie (Spain), Sue Lyon Jones (U.K.), Gerard McCloughlin (Spain) and Aleksandra Strahinic (Serbia) as ambassadors.
- Thanks to these ambassadors, we are able to have a presence and promote our work at 52 EFL events worldwide in Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Egypt, Germany, Greece, Malta, Morocco, Peru, Serbia, Spain, Turkey, U.K. We also produce our first webinar for the 6th Virtual Round Table Web Conference on Language Learning Technologies.
- We are interviewed by the British Council/IATEFL Online team at the IATEFL conference in Liverpool, where our session is also filmed'.
- Thirty-one articles are published either by us or about us in the EFL press and we are featured as website of the month by Advance Consulting for Education, Canada.
- Our mailing list continues to expand, and over 5,500 EFL colleagues receive news from us.
- Our followers on Twitter increase to over 225, and on Facebook to over 600. We average over 10,000 page hits a month on our site, from about 100 different countries.
- The content of the site expands, and offers over 100 lesson plans and graded reading texts at all levels. Authors contributing specially written teaching material this year include Simon Greenall, Jamie Keddie, David Petrie and Adrian Tennant.
The content is approved by the Institute of Educational Policy of the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Religion for use in state primary and secondary schools in Greece.
- Our graded reading texts are improved and now all include follow up exercises, including questions to encourage critical thinking on aspects of mobility disability.
- Together with ELT Teacher 2 Writer and Burlington Books, we launch a writing competition.
- Together with the member schools of PALSO B.E. we initiate a campaign to collect plastic tops from bottles and containers in support of the Association of People with Paraplegia. The proceeds from recycling help purchase mobility aids.
We enter our site for an ELTons award in the category "Innovation in Teacher Resources".
- The Disabled Access Friendly campaign wins the ELTons award in the category "Innovation in Teacher Resources” We hold a garden party In our home town of Thessaloniki, Greece to celebrate.
- First prize in the writing competition organised with ELT Teacher 2 Writer and Burlington Books goes to Catherine Zgouras for her lesson plan “Max’s Wheels”; second prize to Miguel Mendoza for “It’s just a different pace” and third prize to Kate Baade for “Choosing a WAV”. These lessons and a further 18 shortlisted lessons are uploaded to our site.
- We are one of ten organisations invited to present at the first IATEFL online conference.
- A documentary called "Paramithi" (fairy tale) featuring the Disabled Access Friendly campaign is screened several times on Greek national TV.
- Katie Quartano is interviewed on on Greek TV and radio about the Disabled Access Friendly campaign winning the ELTons award.
- Julia Aliverti (Greece), Adir Ferreira (Brazil) and Vicky Loras (Switzerland) join Hassan Ait Man (Morocco), Lindsay Clandfield (Spain), Jeffrey Doonan (Turkey), Ben Goldstein (Spain), Jamie Keddie (Spain), Sue Lyon Jones (U.K.), Gerard McCloughlin (Spain), Eleni Nikoforou (Cyprus), Waleed Nureldeen (Egypt) and Aleksandra Strahinic (Serbia) as ambassadors.
- Thanks to these ambassadors, we are able to have a presence and promote our work at 25 EFL events worldwide in Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Morocco, Slovakia, Turkey, U.K. and U.S.A
- Our team of volunteers, who help spread the word and man stands at events, includes Clementini Afthonidou. Charalampos Aronis, Vivi Bairami, Bonnie Bardaka, Judy Boyle, Samira Chaibeddra, Christina Exarchou, Natasha Jarnot, Yannis Kaidetzis, Emmanuel Kontovas, Anastasia Labreli, Lida Lampropoulou, Stephanos Liamos, Andrea Luces, Rea Panou, Chrysa Papalazarou, Theofano Papavasiliou, Theodora Petridou, Johanna Psalidas, Maria Sachpazian, Liz Scott, Mathilda Simha, Irene Soteres, Maria Theodorelli, Effie Trochidou and Evi Zacharia.
- At least forty six articles are published either by us or about us in the EFL and national press.
- Our mailing list continues to expand, and over 6,300 EFL colleagues receive news from us.
- Our site receives 180,762 page hits from 31,636 visitors from about 100 different countries.
- Our followers on Twitter increase to over 400 and on Facebook our page has over 1,600 friends.
- The content of the site expands, and offers 130 lesson plans and graded reading texts at all levels. Navigation of the lesson plans and graded reading texts is improved.
- Our campaign, together with the member schools of PALSO B.E. to collect plastic tops from bottles and containers in support of the Association of People with Paraplegia continues. The proceeds from recycling help purchase mobility aids and our efforts have brought in approximately 660 kilos of plastic tops.