Keywords: Finland, young adults, intellectual disabilities, transition programme
On the Verge of Adulthood
|Name of Organisation||KVPS Service Foundation for People with an Intellectual Disability|
|Type of organisation||NGO|
|Funding model||Public funding (Funding Centre for Social Welfare and Health Organisations -STEA)|
We function nationwide in Finland, expanding to 3-5 new regions each year. Since 2013 we have not only created the model, but co-created it and worked together with: 434 persons with disabilities, 757 family members, 505 professionals, 35 municipalities.
Most of the participants have expressed that the process was meaningful to them, they got new information, they were able to make their own life decisions or they were more certain on what they want to study in the future. Professional have said that they got new information and tools to work with families and plan the future together with them. Families and pupils have got a chance for peer-support and new friends.
Our targeted regions have incorporated specific practices, tools and forms of networking and begun the process of integrating them into their own practices. The model has had impacts, for example there are new housing opportunities for young people in some areas that we’ve been working on.
We are reporting the outcomes and impacts of our program yearly to our funder.
THEORY OF CHANGE
We asked projects to outline their impact model (also called Theory of Change) – their main target groups, the key activities they offer these target groups, and what impact they want to achieve:
|Young person with support needs||PCP – person centered planning||Has a clear view on hopes, dreams and possibilities for the future after primary school.|
|Family members (also siblings)||Peer-support & family coaching||Has capacity to support the child with the future planning, is ready to “let go” as a parent, when the child is ready to become more independent|
|Supporters: school staff, disability services, authorities||Service Design||A clear plan for the future to which the authorities are committed to|