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Mentally disabled child among us (TOLERANCE)
Start date: Dec 31, 2009, End date: Nov 29, 2011 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Enhancing the development of mentally disabled children and their integration in society, meanwhile increasing the tolerance of community members towards the disabled – this is the main goal of the project carried out by two active and highly experienced grass-root NGOs dealing with disabled children and their families and the Genetic Centre of the Tartu University Hospital. The project involves wide range of activities, starting from joint camps and networking of the targeted families to high-level discussions between the policy makers and experts. A lot of efforts have been made to raise the public awareness of mental disabilities and increase social acceptance and self-confidence of the target families. Also various specialized materials have been developed together by the Latvian and Estonian partners, including a hadbook for families with disabled children. Achievements: Among the major project activities several joint Estonian-Latvian camps took place. Part of these were integration camps that brought together "regular" and mentally disabled children. In the mixed groups, the children learned to do various things together – engage in musical activities, applied arts workshops (using natural raw materials), special games, plays and presentations, as well as joint trips and recreation activities. Different joint camps were organized specifically for the families of the disabled children and field professionals (doctors, rehabilitation specialists, psychologists) - during those the parents have received the necessary advice, as well as formed international support networks. More information please find at:
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  • 2007 - 2013 Estonia - Latvia (EE-LV)
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