Partners

Czech Republic

Inclusion Czech Republic is an organisation for support of people with Intellectual Disabilities in the Czech Republic. We are a nationwide non-profit organisation defending the rights and interests of people with intellectual disabilities and their families. We have currently more than 8000 members active at national, regional and local levels.

Our members are people with intellectual disabilities, their families and friends, service providers as well as other professionals. Our membership organisations are located in all regions and principal towns of Czech Republic.

At International level, we collaborate with Inclusion Europe and Inclusion International as well as other NGOs.

Belgium

IE – Inclusion Europe

The European Association of Persons with Intellectual Disabilities and their Families
Inclusion Europe has 75 members in 37 European countries.
Inclusion Europe represents the voice of people with intellectual disabilities and their families throughout Europe
We started in 1988.
We fight for equal rights and full inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities and their families in all aspects of life.
As a European association we work in the many different areas which our members have identified as important to them:
We provide for the exchange of knowledge across Europe
“Through Inclusion Europe I learn what my colleagues do in other countries.”
We support our members.
“Inclusion Europe helps our organisation to become stronger.”
We influence European policies.
“Inclusion Europe shapes European social policy according to our needs.”
Our membership network over 37 countries, and the possition in Brussels, gives us unique perspective and opportunities – at the same time being able to learn from all members accross Europe, and to share with them good practice, examples and other information. In doing so, we are capable of reaching to national level in all of those countries.
Inclusion Europe has 5 full time staff members and 4 part time. We also reach out to experts across Europe whenever such expertise is needed.

Poland

The Polish Association for Persons with Intellectual Disability (PSONI) works for the benefit, and on the behalf of persons with intellectual disabilities living in Poland, their parents and legal guardians.

Parents whose children have been diagnosed as persons with learning disabilities, wish to give them a new reality, providing new opportunities. This perspective applies to all; toddlers, teenagers and adults. It is not the parent/carers intention to give them an all-round permanent assistance but rather to provide opportunities that would enable them to develop physically, cognitively and socially, so as to allow them to have an active, autonomous and normal life within the society.

The main aim of Association is to include people with specific needs – people with learning disabilities in real life.

The Association is an established national organization with significant achievements. The main areas of specific expertise are:

    • early intervention
    • youth education and rehabilitation
    • occupational therapy
    • supported employment
    • supported living

PSONI consists of over 11,000 members, having more than 120 local branches.

Portugal

The Polytechnic Institute of Santarém is an institution of public higher education (tertiary level) that began its activity in 1979 and consists of the following Schools: Agriculture, Sports, Education, Management and Technology and Health.

The Higher School of Education of Santarém (ESES) was created by Decree-Law No. 513-T/79 of 26 December as the organic unity of the Polytechnic Institute of Santarém and is an institution of tertiary level, aimed at teaching, research, service to community and collaboration with national and foreign activities of common interest.

Attended by almost 700 students, the school is currently operating the degrees of First Cycle of Basic Education, Childhood Education, Social Education, Cultural Animation and Community Education, Education and Communication Multimedia and Visual Arts and Multimedia.

The ESES is also focusing on training courses in order to meet the needs of professional, civic and cultural that are felt throughout life, in society. Our school promotes innovative practices for teachers of all educational levels in several areas: Arts; ICT; Multimedia among other

The ESES have got previous experience from Leonardo Da Vinci and Erasmus + projects and many other European and domestic programmes. The school community realised that involvement in Erasmus + programmes broadens horizons, develop the mind and allows young people to become true European citizens with an understanding of other cultures and education systems.

Republic of Macedonia

Association Regional centre for persons with intellectual disability PORAKA NASA is a voluntary non-profit, non-governmental, independent, parental civil association. PORAKA NASA is representing the rights and interests of people with ID and their families regardless of ethnic and religious affiliation. PORAKA NASA was established in 1966, and with the adoption of the Law on Citizens’ Associations and Foundations was reregistered in 1999 and in its long action has as a mission for equal participation of  persons with ID in civil society through the realization of their economic, social, cultural, educational, sports and other rights. The Association PORAKA NASA Kumanovo counts round 900 members.

CSO Activities Description:

  • Advocacy for improving existing laws or introduce new laws, national and local strategies and programs, advocacy for changes to regulations to improve the lives of people with ID and their families.
  • Initiating and organizing services for support and training of people with ID and their families.
  • Participation in the prevention and removal of barriers in physical and social environment.
  • Training and capacity building, organizing training for civil society, local government and institutions responsible for the rights, needs and abilities of people with ID.
  • Efforts to adopt a single register of people with ID which will include age, gender, category, place of residence and other data.
  • Advocacy, protection and respect the rights, interests and abilities of people with ID and their families at local, regional and national level and wider in other countries.
  • Connect with other related organizations in the country and abroad and implement joint projects.