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Intercambios juveniles para personas con discapacidad intelectual
Start date: May 4, 2015, End date: Sep 30, 2015 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The project is based on the trilateral exchanges of persons with disabilities, their families and educators, in order to include in the international mobility these people with fewer opportunities and small and local organizations. It consists of a shared project between three European countries , according to which an exchange of people with intellectual disabilities who are in programs promoting personal autonomy , social inclusion and independent living develops. The essential aim is to develop shared experiences among those involved (youth, family , and volunteer technical staff) in the different activities specified in the European exchange . The experience will have three users and user groups : Spanish , Italian and Bulgarian ( Huesca Down Association , San pio Communita and Net Foundation ) . Each composed of people with intellectual disabilities who are accompanied by family members and staff . The collaboration will be effective through the realization of an exchange between the three entities in the town of Fonz , Huesca . It is intended to share moments of daily life in different social , cultural and tourism contexts. They live different experiences , visiting various places , workplaces , training , tourist areas, etc. , developing adaptive , personal autonomy and social skills, friendships, knowledge of different environments to standard , new cultures and societies, etc. Actions are divided into three sections: Phase 1 training and motivation : the participants will conduct a training work , reflection and detection prior to the subjects that are addressed (rights, employment, social inclusion , housing, etc.) in their countries of origin. Phase 2 encounter, enjoyment and reflection, participants will travel one week a partner country , where in addition to cultural and leisure activities , work to reach conclusions drawn from the first phase, on issues relating to the theme that has been defined for the meeting . Phase 3 assessment , monitoring and dissemination of results: a document will be produced in the three languages and adapted through the methodology easy to read for people with intellectual disabilities , with conclusions and proposals relevant and photographs illustrate it . The results contribute to achieving the development of skills for autonomy and independence, and also for the social inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities. One aspect that will take care with emphasis in the project is the promotion of non-formal learning activities in the European Union , among young people and adults with cognitive disabilities , to promote mutual understanding and social cohesion, and strengthen European citizens feel that . It seems equally important to promote encounters between families of people with disabilities and improve the qualifications and training of teachers through new models and practices. Finally, the project will allow us to add value to the quality of initiatives and promoting synergies and cooperation between regional public bodies and NGOs working with these people. One of the basic aims of the European exchange is precisely the establishment of a framework of coexistence between young people with intellectual disabilities in different countries, with professional support ( technical staff from different organizations) and natural supports (family , volunteers) , allowing develop a culture based on diversity , cooperation and social inclusion and to help develop European citizenship. This related to new approaches to intellectual disability and new directions in terms of intervention , professional practices and support systems .

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