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The Yyteri for All research and development project, administered by Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, started in 2009 in the area of Yyteri in Pori, on the west coast of Finland. Yyteri is a unique nature region located in the west coast of Finland, housing a variety of service provides including accommodation, restaurants and sport facilities. Its sandy beach and dunes provide unique settings for outdoor activities but simultaneously represent a rough and difficult environment for persons with disabilities. The aim of the project was to respond to the needs of a society to support independent and unrestricted life. The essence of the project was to provide services at the Yyteri beach area equally for all and to enable full participation of persons with disabilities through inclusive physical and social environment.

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The second learning journey brought us to Madrid from January 14 to January 15, 2014. We have seen FEAPS, a big umbrella organisation for organisations for people with intellectual disabilities, which wants to change their work away from thinking in services and centres towards support and opportunities with 10 different strategic projects.

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The third sensing journey leads the research group to Menter Fachwen in Wales. Menter Fachwen provides training and work opportunities for people with disabilities. The idea of Menter Fachwen came about jointly from a group of friends living in Fachwen on the edge of Snowdonia. They were interested in developing an enterprise for their local area and believed that people with disabilities should have equal chances to participate.

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Our first sensing journeys brought us from November 12 to November 13 2013 to Hamburg in Germany. Sensing journeys are one of the methods of the Theory U. They are designed to experience the system through the lens of different stakeholders. Together with other users the participants will undertake small journeys to different places in that system. We took a series of immersion, listening, inquiry and dialogue activities to explore how inclusive activities in the community are working. We were searching for prototype ideas that could catalyse profound change in the system towards inclusion. Could we extract some ingredients that are needed to create inclusion in the community?

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