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Parents with Intellectual Disabilities - EUROPEAN FAMILY SET
Start date: Oct 1, 2011,

For women and men to become a parent is an exciting time when they dream of their future having a family and set goals. People with disabilities have also a dream of having their own family. However, the experience of people with intellectual disabilities preparing for adult- and parenthood is often a struggle with service systems and leads them to dependence and a few choices.Objectives:The overall objective of the project is based on the 2006 United Nation Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Art 23. The project will meet the above mentioned UN convention by:- Supporting people with disabilities in matters of marriage, family, parenthood, and relationship. - Prevent separation of families- Learning from good practice examples from all over the world- Developing family competences by intergeneration/family learning- Engaging voluntary single persons an families, voluntary elderly persons in lifelong learning and in meaningful activitiesProducts: - EUROPEAN FAMILY SET - a collection of case studies, methodologies, tools, education programs and training materials for practitioners to help them create tailor made support services for parents with disabilities.- "FAMILY-BUDDIES" Online Training and online material aimed at volunteers.- International Kick Off Seminar - introduction of professionals/trainers to the EUROPEAN FAMILY SET- Local Seminars and Focus Groups – groups of experts will discuss and evaluate the EUROPEAN FAMILY SET.- Testing of the "FAMILY-BUDDIES" Online Training.- Project leaflets and exploitation seminar - aim to disseminate the project and its products among stakeholders, umbrella associations, networks, service providers, adult education centres and any interested practitioners.Impact:Many international good practice examples show that when the right sorts of services and education programmes are used to assist parents, they can develop the right skills to successfully raise children.
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