Mapping the needs of 90 families who have a member with intellectual or mental disabilities

Mapping the needs of 90 families who have a member with intellectual or mental disabilities

In the framework of the project "Our town is our home" the needs of 90 families from the municipality of Aleksinac whose members are adults with intellectual or mental disabilities are mapped with the purpose of seeing the real needs of these people and providing assistance and support to their families.
The process of mapping enabled the active participation of people with intellectual and mental disabilities and their families in the selection of the service, as well as contributing to the establishment of the same. Participation of users and their families has created the individual experience of starting power to initiate changes and controlling the quality of their own life and it increased sense of responsibility. Informing the public represented one of the main conditions of mapping whose aim is not only informative. Wider community involvement in the problems of people with intellectual and mental disabilities prevents discrimination, institutionalization, improves quality of life, improves social integration and the ability to realize the rights they have.
Also, mapping of resources of the local community was done, which provided assistance to more precise definition of the characteristics of the environment by providing a picture of what exists in the community as a resource. Mapping of resources made it possible to detect and exploit the potentials that exist in the community, people and their knowledge, skills and time, other sectors, natural environment.
Bearing in mind the objective to respond on identified needs of people with intellectual and mental disabilities by establishing new conditions in the community, this dynamic and interactive process made it possible.  Specific data were obtained from people with disabilities themselves and their families, thus ensuring active participation of service users. Based on obtained results new services in the community will be launched especially home help and protected housing.

 

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