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From Isolation to Society: Inclusion and Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities

Izhevsk

Detailed description of the Good Practice

Project aims at enhancement of local authorities and NGOs possibilities to promote inclusion of young people with intellectual disabilities. Personnel of local authorities and parents NGOs will be educated in organisation new integrated services such as supported employment, recreation, sport and cultural ac-tivities. Members with disabilities will participate all project activities for development their social and personal activity and for their full participation in decision making process. Special attention will be made for enhancing awareness of disability and necessity of inclusion both in society and in people with disabilities themselves. Project target groups are young adults with intellectual disabilities. Project main activities are: 1) Training for people with disabilities 2) Development of teaching materials 3) Training for personnel of local authorities and members of NGOs. Project will contribute in promotion of sus-tainable social care and social integration of disadvantaged population in involved regions.

During the project From Isolation to Society: Inclusion and Empowerment of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities the achieved results have enhanced the capacity and strength of local authorities and NGOs in their work for inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and promote inclusion and empowerment of young adults with intellectual disabilities both in Izhevsk and St. Petersburg. The information on the project spread in media and during the open events has helped to strengthen community outreach and public relations within local authorities. Citizens in both regions are now better informed about the problems and needs of inclusion of disabled persons. The project activities gave possibility for members of NGOs, parents, people with disabilities and personnel of local authorities to meet and directly co-operate and in this way the project activities have pushed up the local constructive engagement and pol-icy dialogue among NGOs, local authorities, government, local communities and media. All training programs were developed on the basis of needs-based and customised organisational analysis; lot of consultations and direct work guidance were carried out for personnel of local authorities and members of NGOs. Training has included lectures, seminars, training in discussion groups, roundtables, regional networking and events such as seminar in Izhevsk in August 2005.
Young persons with intellectual disabilities were trained and guided in the following areas: decision making process; skills of independent living (self-care, home work, safety, communication); community participation; self-advocacy; human and social rights. 4 joint inclusive clubs, organised for young per-sons with intellectual disabilities and for young persons without disabilities, gave them possibility for mutual recreation, sport and cultural activities.

Objectives of the Good Practice

Schedule: April 2005 – September 2006.
Duration: 18 months

Overall objectives of the project are:

  1. Development of the capacity and strength of local authorities and NGOs in their work for inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.
  2. Promotion of inclusion and empowerment of young adults with intellectual disabilities in involved regions

Specific objectives for the reaching first overall objective are:

  • To strengthen community outreach and public relations within local authorities in order to better in-form citizens and promote inclusion of disabled persons.
  • To promote constructive engagement and policy dialogue among NGOs, local authorities, govern-ment, local communities and media.
  • To give needs-based and customised organisational development assistance: an approach to providing organisational development training and follow up consultations to personnel of local authorities and members of NGOs.
  • To help partnership facilitation: development of partnership between Russian Northwest and Ural NGOs and their counterparts in Finland for transferring sector-specific models for service delivery, networking, community outreach and advocacy. These partnerships will provide improved quality of services and more effective policy reform.
  • To develop networking and dialogue facilitation: training in discussion groups, public forums and roundtables, regional networking events such as Conference on Partnership for Social Inclusion.
  • To develop local authorities interactive website and access to electronic communications which will enable them to collaborate, share information among themselves and to learn about development in the sector throughout the world.

Specific objectives for the reaching second overall objective are:

  • To train young persons with intellectual disabilities in the following areas: decision making process; skills of independent living; community participation; self-advocacy; human and social rights.
  • To organise joint inclusive clubs for young persons with intellectual disabilities and for young persons without disabilities for their mutual recreation, sport and cultural activities
  • To develop models of integrative activities
  • To organise supported employment services for people with disabilities
  • To organise mutual events for persons with disabilities from all involved regions
  • To develop teaching materials on themes of disability and inclusion

Participants of the Good Practice

Following organizations were involved - as partners of the project: Finnish Association on Mental Retardation, Management for Social Welfare of Izhevsk City Administration and Department of Physical Culture, Sport and Youth Policy of Administration of Vasiliostrovsky Region St. Petersburg.

Target group of the Good Practice

The target group of the project were young persons with intellectual disabilities.

Funding of the Good Practice

European Commission co-finances the project through Tacis Institution Building Partnership Programme (IBPP) “Support to Civil Society and Local Initiatives”.

More Details of the Good Practice

Available files

Contact details

Nina Zagrebina
Healthy City Project Coordinator
Health Care and Public Health Department

City Administration of Izhevsk
Sovetskaya str., 12-21
426000 Izhevsk
Russian Federation
Tel: +7 3412 512 588
Fax: +7 3412 512 521
E-mail: zentrprof@udmnet.ru

Data sources and references

www.marebalticum.org/bp/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=149&Itemid=299

Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association
WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Cities and Urban Health in the Baltic Region
www.marebalticum.org