Using arts and culture for special needs groups

Count Me In is a training course for people working with special needs groups with focus on the arts and cultural sector. The course is open to educationalists working at all levels and types of special needs education.


Count Me In takes its starting point 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 organisations and people. This includes people who are more specially disadvantaged because of certain social or individual disabilities.

At the heart of social inclusion is a belief that arts and culture are for everyone. The course demonstrates that this particular sector has great potential as a framework for education and training.


By exploring different practices and methodologies to be found throughout Europe and by highlighting the pedagogical framework from GAIA Museum in Denmark, the objective of the "Count Me In" training course is to train the participants in an interdisciplinary resource on how to use the arts and cultural sector for working with special needs groups.


The course is centred on the training programme at GAIA Museum and focused eLearning material. It consists of formal lectures, workshops, study trips and time for personal reflection.


Learning outcomes include:

  • Understanding formal national / EU framework using a rights based approach
  • Rights & Responsibilities at institution level
  • Developing a personal training framework for people with disabilities
  • Using appropriate terminology and Glossary of terms
  • Managing your programme
  • Understanding Health and Safety issues when working with people with disabilities
  • Explore ICT aids for disability
  • Learn how to go Into the community – work, education and training
  • Sustainability and fundraising examples

You can explore the educational resources and download the publication on the Count Me In Too project website

The courses comply fully with the Erasmus+ (Erasmus Plus) European criteria for mobility grants. We provide full modules for preparation, monitoring and validation.

Find out more about who can apply or apply now

If you would like to speak to one of the team you can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course dates

You can Apply Now for you and your colleagues to participate in Count Me In. This course can be organised throughout the year. Please contact us for more information.

Course Information

Click below to download the activity guide.

Count Me In: Aarhus, Denmark

Artist painting at easel           Ladies laughing in kitchen          People viewing exhibition at Gaia museum