Good Practice Booklet

The life of people with disabilities needs the support of legislation and good community practice to adapt to daily situations successfully. 

But the road to inclusion starts before that. The first milestone is indeed common awareness of disability rights and possibilities in our local community and abroad.

This is the reason why we are eager to present the DISARTISAN Disability Good Practice Booklet!

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DISARTISAN is a two year Erasmus+ Project focused on helping people with mild intellectual disabilities to have access to entrepreneurial learning and integrate them into social life.

The project includes the manufacture of handcrafted products by participants with special needs, developing fine motor, drawing, graphics, painting skills and hand-eye coordination. Furthermore, it aims at inserting them into the labour market through sales and e-commerce.

Handmade crafts Braila Romania

The Good Practice Booklet has been created as part of the DISARTISAN project in collaboration with organisations from Italy, UK, Turkey and Romania. 

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It provides statistics, information about existing economical benefits and an overview of disability laws on employment and education rights

It also promotes some initiatives and opportunities for the social and economic life adaptation of people with disabilities in the four countries mentioned above.

So do you want to know more about disability opportunities and good practices in Europe? Download our DISARTISAN Good Practice Booklet for free!

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FREE One-Day Arts & Crafts Course – Cyanotype (UK)

As part of the Erasmus+ project DISARTISAN, Hanta Associates Ltd & Studio Upstairs are providing a range of FREE workshops.

Workshop 1 – Cyanotype: Printing with Light

Training providers: Studio Upstairs & Hanta Associates Ltd

Project: Erasmus+ DISARTISAN


Cyanotype is a photographic printing process that produces a cyan-blue print.

Cyanotype was invented in 1842 by Sir John Herschel—three years after the birth of photography. Its telltale characteristic is the heavenly blue colour, a result of a chemical reaction when cyanotype is exposed to ultraviolet light.

Known as a photographic printing technique, cyanotype is a unique and easy manual process used to create print patterns, commonly used by artists, botanists, and architects. 

Using a photosensitive solution, the dyes surface blue when in direct contact with light, revealing the original print, with definition and an intense, unique shade of blue. 

The process involves brushing a photo-sensitive emulsion onto the fabric or paper and letting it dry in a dark place.


In this workshop you will create striking blue prints on fine art paper and cloth by using a combination of two safe chemicals that, when mixed together and exposed under sunlight, produce a cyan coloured print… the original ‘blueprint’.

You will learn all the steps required to create your cyanotype prints with ease; from the preparation of the solution, to the creation of images.

You will discover how to apply your prints onto different surfaces such as paper, fabric, wood etc, with the use of photos, plants, flowers, and many everyday objects.

The workshop will equip participants with the knowledge and skill to be able to create a Cyanotype

– Short introduction of Cyanotypes

– Discussing the process and what will be shown during the workshop

– View a range of completed Cyanotypes previously created

– Real time demonstration of the process which will consist of actual creation of a cyanotype with everyday objects.

– Create Cyanotypes with the instruction led by the group facilitator.

– Share creations as a group

*Please note, materials will be provided by training facilitators


“(DIS)ARTISAN” is an Erasmus+ project focused on helping people with mild intellectual disabilities to have access to entrepreneurial learning and integrate them into social life.

This project highlights handcrafted products made by participants with special needs, developing fine motor, drawing, graphics, painting skills and hand-eye coordination, while simultaneously inserting them into the labour marketing through sales and e-commerce.

Find out more here:


Studio Upstairs:

Studio Upstairs provide holistic support to people who are experiencing enduring mental or emotional difficulties so that they can re-create their reasons and purpose for living, move from isolation to community, find new ways to live and experience a better quality of life.

The ambition of the charity is to create a network of sustainable, safe, local studios available to all who need them, as and when they need them.

With support and advice from Diorama Arts and Camden Voluntary Action, Studio Upstairs was set up as a project and opened in October 1988. The co-founders were Douglas Gill, Claire Manson and Jo Hill. They had a windowless office and above them a splendid semi circular studio with steps up onto the roof of Diorama Arts.

The Studio as an organisation became an associate of Diorama Arts. It opened initially for one day a week, then every 18 months opening an extra day as the group grew until in three years it was open five days a week.The studio’s mission at the time was to create art to be seen in the public arena and not to be viewed as ‘mad art’. The studio artists choose how to describe themselves and their work. Fundamental to the running of the studio is that the working team and the members exhibited together and discussed their work together at regular reviews.

Hanta Associates Ltd (HAWP Project):

Hanta Associates Limited is a member of the Hanta Associates Group, the ‘Lead Organisation’ in a consortium (the Hanta Consortium) that helped deliver the ‘Future Jobs Fund’ project for the DWP (Department of Work & Pensions) from late 2009 to 2011. The consortium helped facilitate in excess of 250 FJF job-starts, a significant proportion of which eventually became long-term employment.

From 2015, Hanta Associates Limited helped institutions deliver their apprenticeship, work-placement and internship programmes as well as organising mobilities and training for students, collaborating with a number of colleges from Europe. More recently, Hanta Associates has been implementing and coordinating Erasmus+ funded KA 1 & KA 2 projects, in the following fields:

  • Early School Leaving 
  • Cultural Heritage 
  • Migration 
  • Youth 
  • Disabilities & Education
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Employability 
  • Women’s rights 
  • Health, Nutrition & Substance Misuse 

+ more

DISARTISAN Digital Marketing

Online marketing and social media is a means of communication which allows people to create, share, and/or exchange information and ideas with international communities and networks. For business, these platforms are used for a multitude of reasons. It’s used to market products, promote brands, connect people and create new business. The platforms are increasingly used by companies to better understand and interact with their customers.

This activity will increase participants’ knowledge of how to create and utilise online platforms to promote their brands, products and enterprises in the field of handicrafts.

Participants will develop social media pages, blogging websites and press releases to further reach their peers and target audiences.

✔ Learn digital marketing for ecommerce
✔ To explore online platforms that can be utilised to reach audiences, locally, nationally and internationally
✔ To develop knowledge of online marketing in the pursuit to promote entrepreneurship


DISARTISAN Entrepreneurship

1 week duration
Mode: webinars and e-learning
understanding basic concepts in the area of entrepreneurship
understanding the role and importance of entrepreneurship for economic development
developing personal creativity and entrepreneurial initiative
adopting of the key steps in the elaboration of business idea
Personal competencies:
assess and analyse entrepreneurship as a career choice
efficiently work in a complex environment of multicultural teams made up of interdisciplinary virtual member profiles
Workplace competencies:
apply creative thinking techniques in addressing their customers’ – and any other – problem
plan and prioritise work tasks to manage their people, time and resources and achieve the expected results
Technical competencies:
develop a business idea into a comprehensive and scalable business model by applying customer development principles
design a commercialisation strategy for their activity, launch their product or service to the market


DISARTISAN Traditional Turkish Handcrafts

This 20 hour training course will teach you how to make traditional Turkish handcrafts.

  • Definition of Needle craft Process, Major Techniques
  • The History of Needle craft According to Civilisations
  • Handmade Needle craft
  • Model Determination
  • Definition of Turkish Needle craft
  • Tools Used In Drawing Patterns
  • Characteristics of Turkish Needle craft, Fabric and Yarn Characteristics, Pattern Characteristics, Colour characteristics
  • Fabrics used in Turkish Needle craft and their features,
  • A Variety of Linen, Local Weaving, Satin, Velvet, Ödemiş District Silk, Taffeta, Fusing
  • The types of yarn and its properties used in Turkish Needle craft
  • The types and features of auxiliary materials used in Turkish Needle craft, Tools used to transfer the pattern to fabric
  • Passing patterns with copy paper,Turkish Needle craft Stretching Technique
  • Turkish Needle craft Needles, Special Materials such as Pesent, Flat Pesent, Diagonal Pesent, Shaded Pesent, Turning Pesent, Tahrirli Pesent, Filling, Wrapping, Darning, Elder, Treillage, Herringbone Model, Straw Needle
  • Turkish Needle craft, Point lace
  • Evaluation of the produced crafts


Course created by: Eftal ÇEKİ – Mustafakemalpaşa District Everywhere Art Association (Turkey)

Quiz – Social Media Platforms

This quiz is part of the (DIS)ARTISAN marketing training session and focuses on the variety of popular social media platforms.

Match the social media platforms with number of monthly active users.
Please click below to start the quiz!

Social Media Platforms – Monthly Users Quiz

Course created by: Hanta Associates Ltd (United Kingdom)

Transnational Project Meeting #1 – Romania

In January 2019, partners from Turkey, Romania, Portugal, Italy and the UK met in Braila, Romania, for the project “(DIS) ARTISAN”. The Transnational meeting was hosted by Associatia Art-Terapie.CES.AU.

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The Erasmus+ project “(DIS) ARTISANS ” is focused on helping people with mild intellectual disabilities to have access to entrepreneurial learning and make them integrated into social life. This project highlights the handcrafted products made by these people with special needs, and confirms that when they are practising art terapie they are also developing fine motor skills, drawing, graphics, painting skills and hand-eye coordination. They can be inserted on the labour market through their handicraft works.

Day 1

On the first day, the partners to introduced and presented their organisations, discuss the project, project aims and partner roles, establish working groups, set-out dates for year 1 activities (both local and transnational), discuss project training modules and other important elements of the project. These included a number of resources and documents focused on disabilities, the causes, education, entrepreneurship, economic obstacles and statistics.

The hosts, Associatia Art-Terapie.CES.AU carried out Art-therapy workshops and demonstrations. The partner also visited the training centre, where they met the Mayor or Braila who gave a heartwarming speech about the city and the host organisation before exchanging gifts.

There were further trips to the Centrul de Creatie Braila Museum where the partners view some of Braila’s wonderful arts, crafts and pottery made by people with disabilities.

They also visited a traditional weaving house before heading of to the Independence Day ceremony of Braila, to watch some traditional Romanian dancing.

Day 2

On day 2, the partners discussed the remaining elements of phase 1 of the project, including project budgets and preparation for the first LTTA in London (due May 2020).

Partners were then presented their certificates of attendance before spending the evening at a traditional dinner and dance organised by the hosts.

A very good start to the project and a positive experience for the partnership.

Approved Erasmus+ Project

“(DIS)ARTISAN” is an Erasmus+ project focused on helping people with mild intellectual disabilities to have access to entrepreneurial learning and integrate them into social life.

This project highlights handcrafted products made by participants with special needs, developing fine motor, drawing, graphics, painting skills and hand-eye coordination, while simultaneously inserting them into the labour marketing through sales and e-commerce.

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Welcome to the official website for A website created to showcase the many amazing products created by talented people with disabilities, both young and old.

About the project

(DIS)ARTISAN is an Erasmus+ funded project focused on empowering and supporting people with disabilities, particularly through Arts & Crafts.