General Objectives: Improving the quality of life of people with visual and other disabilities living on the territory of Plovdiv Municipality; Prevention of social exclusion of people with visual and other disabilities; Reduce social distances to visually impaired people. Specific objectives: Expanding the scope of social services offered in the NRCB Improving the quality of social services offered in the NRCB. Orientation of the social services in the NRCB to the individual needs of the consumers Implementation of good practices for social inclusion of people with visual disabilities
Activities and results achieved:
Providing and training a team of professionals to carry out the activities in the Day Care Center for People with Disabilities under NRCB. A team of specialists was provided and trained to implement the project activities. The differences between the internship and the training in the day center were analyzed, the issue of working with volunteer students and the maximum use of their resources was discussed. Modern technical equipment and tools for visual and physical rehabilitation were purchased. For the day-to-day office and entertaining therapies, games and materials for leisure activities were purchased. Two pottery wheels, a furnace, an extruder, a roller and materials were purchased for the Art Therapy Cabinet. A day center was set up with the necessary equipment to provide a range of services and provide an inclusive and stimulating environment.
Selection of Daily Center users and development of individual lesson plans
Individual work plans have been developed for all approved Day Care Center users. This work was done for each student of the NRCC by a needs assessment team, including teachers, psychologist and social worker. The training and rehabilitation plan was prepared on the basis of an entry test and was tailored to the individual wishes of the beneficiary. On the basis of the individual plans, the working groups were formed and a monthly timetable for training, rehabilitation and leisure time was prepared. During the work with each beneficiary, intermediate tests and / or interviews were conducted according to which the individual work plan was corrected.
Recruitment and work with volunteers for the Day Care Center
Two visits to Paisii Hilendarski University were organized in order to present the activities of the Day Care Center to the NRCB in front of the students specialty "Special Pedagogy" and "Social Pedagogy" of the Paissii Hilendarski University, where information brochures were distributed. Ten students were selected to carry out their internships at the NRCB, as well as to participate in the organization of the free time of the trainees. The students were trained, familiarized and participated in social activities, which will be a good preparation for their future professional realization. The NRCB already has a volunteer database to carry out specific activities, as well as sufficient human resources to carry out these activities.
Providing of complex social services for 30 trainees with disabilities at the Day Care Center; organization of their free time
The trainees took part in trainings for making pottery, mosaics, castings, decoration items - aimed at both visually impaired and blind learners. The aim of the activity was to stimulate the psychomotor activity of the participants as well as to inspire their creativity, to satisfy their aesthetic needs. The training ended with organizing an exhibition of products. A deluxe album was released with mosaics and embossed images for visually impaired learning. Trainees were given motivation to step out of social exclusion, to express their individual desires and to work in small groups. Most of them have found their art in art therapy.
Diagnosis of the needs of visual and physical rehabilitation; Preservation and development of undamaged functions; regaining confidence in our own capabilities
Visual rehabilitation trainings aimed at exercising and optimizing the use of low vision were conducted. Kinesitherapeutic services were also provided, divided into two categories:
- Passive kinesitherapy - Physical and psychomotor rehabilitation - conducted by physician physiotherapist. For physical rehabilitation a masseur-rehabilitator was appointed.
- Active kinesitherapy - Use of the sports hall. Additional gymnastic rehabilitation balls and bedding were purchased for the gym.
Social, health, legal and psychological counseling
Twice a month, group and individual consultations were organized with the social worker, psychologist and lawyer. The social problems created by the disability were discussed; hidden discrimination, the disabled person and society.
- Cooking training – DL Skills training - Orientation and mobility - Braille training and audio book training - Training on Internet use
- Round table on the social services offered at the Day Care Centers for People with Disabilities: p - Seminar with volunteer students - National Conference on Art therapy as a form of social inclusion of people with disabilities
Information and publicity activities
- Press conferences and press releases were held
A brochure of the Day Center was published - Advertising materials were published - Two brochures were published - "Braille Code Acceptance" and "When You Meet Visually Impaired People" - A Luxury Album with Mosses and Patterns Released - Exhibition of pottery and mosaics , made by users of social services. - Dinner was organized in the dark, attended by representatives of Plovdiv Municipality, media, businessmen, social partners