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Free personal assistance proves cost-effective
The services provided are designed to be sufficient to fully support all areas of the participants’ lives, covering self-care, household care, study, work, mobility, leisure, travel, etc. on a 365-days-a-year basis. A study showed that for every €100 of public funds invested €91.64 is returned to the government via work and taxes.
ASPAYM - Association of Paraplegics and Persons with Severe Physical Disability Madrid, Spain
People with intellectual disabilities train peers to use digital media and ICT
PIKSL Mobil is a peer-to-peer teaching approach. People with intellectual disabilities are trained in the use of digital technology and in training other people. Equipped with technical equipment, these trainers then teach other persons with disabilities and seniors living in residential facilities to use digital media independently.
PIKSL - Living in the community gGmbH, PIKSL Mobil, Germany
Helpline and platform on personalised care
The project provides advice and information on community-care direct payments, creating an individual budget, securing social service funding, and employing personal assistants. A free download area on the website and a bi-monthly newsletter share personal stories and Q&A sections with a broad audience.
Disability Rights UK, United Kingdom
Service IT-platform available in several European countries
In 2015, Helpific started a web-based IT-platform that connects people who need assistance in independent living to local volunteers and paid support. The IT-platform enables people to post requests as well as offers of support in a variety of categories. In 2018, Helpific had more than 6,200 registered members.
Helpific Estonia, Estonia
Training for an active role in society
Freedom School is a five-day, interactive summer course with 18 disabled participants (plus personal assistants) focused on developing talents and skills for self-advocacy and implementing personal projects that can contribute to the better participation and self-determination of people with disabilities.
Independent Living VZW, Belgium
Providing summer internships for young people with disabilities
Community Living Sarnia-Lambton operates a variety of programmes supporting employment for people with disabilities. One such programme is Summer Employment Transitions, whereby young people (aged 16 to 29) are placed in summer internships supported by job coaches and paid by their employers.
Community Living Sarnia-Lambton, Summer Employment Transitions, Canada
"Proefwonen" – fast access to affordable homes
Through "Proefwonen", housing and social service providers collaborate to facilitate rental access for people with intellectual disabilities or mental health problems. A steering group matches available housing with the candidate-tenants through a consensus process. 24 candidate-tenants have entered the program over a period of three years.
Zennevalley Home Furnishings, Belgium
The Home from Home Apartment offers fully accessible accommodation with aids and appliances to persons with physical and sensory disabilities and their families. It offers independent living in a non-clinical setting for short breaks and general health appointments in Dublin.
Home from Home is a non-clinical setting offering persons with disabilities and their families the chance to stay overnight without having to stay at the hospital. The apartment was designed by persons with disabilities. It offers ceiling track hoists in the bedrooms and provides a fully equipped kitchen and a lounge area.
Muscular Dystrophy UK, Changing Places Consortium, Staying away from home in a non-clinical setting, Ireland
Empowerment through peer-to-peer support
NOUSPR advocates and provides persons with psychosocial disabilities with a platform for a unified voice to enable them to access all necessary services and opportunities. In 2015 the program had some 1,200 members, 79 per cent of whom were persons who had themselves experienced mental health challenges.
NOUSPR - National Organization of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry in Rwanda, Rwanda
De-Institutionalisation and Community Living since 1980
Since 1980 the city of Trieste has closed psychiatric hospitals and set up a network of 24-hour community mental health centres capable of dealing with the most severe conditions and of supporting clients in their daily life. In 2015 the Trieste DMH managed 4 community mental health centres, each with 4–8 beds.
WHO - World Health Organisation, Collaborating Centre for Research and Training, Italy