Special Needs Education & Rehabilitation

The current approach towards the education & rehabilitation of persons with disabilities, is being formed through the services of the daily care centers (DCC). DCCs are becoming the main mechanism for the implementation of the social model in disability services, as non-typical, life-long education with socio-economic & inclusion targets. Therefore, DCCs must expand arithmetically to cover the whole country and they must upgrade their spectrum of services.

DCCs are –for all disabilities- a basic public tool for the assessment and development of the functionality and the adaptive skills of persons with disabilities, in post-puberty and early adulthood. This way, disabled persons follow the–individually- optimal daily care programs, on the basis of their innate capacity & personal interests, in order to achieve maximum life outcomes (self-support & socio-economic participation).

DCCs are –also- the most suitable structures for the implementation of vocational training and supported employment programs for the disabled, through occupation simulations and mentors’ training both in public & private sectors, during the period of their internship or adaptation. Through a necessary, new legal framework provisions must be made so that DCCs will be functionally interrelated with public vocational training structures and employment search & market integration services, through the model of Supported Employment.

Moreover, DCCs are the only structures that –in cooperation- with supported living facilities and parent/guardian associations, implement individualized & structured transition programs of adult persons with disabilities, from the family home to community supported living structures. These transition programs are successfully implemented by DCCs many years now, however with no underlying legal framework. This framework must be created, making provisions both for Transition Programs to Community Supported Living and Parent/Child Respite Care Services. This way we will have a complete framework of support services that ensures and protects the family systems of persons with disabilities.

The NET advocates and works towards all the above mentioned, current social needs – directives, with proposals and action plans devised by the cooperation of its member – service providers with international partner entities, specializing in disability issues. These proposals and action plans are being presented to international & national decision-making centers on disability issues and to political governance representatives at a national level.

The members of the working team are the following:

Lemonia Aidonidou (Amimoni)
Elena Dimopoulou (ELEPAP)
Mary Ioannidi (Ploes)
Aristea Levaki (“PAMMAKARISTOS” Foundation for Child)
Giannis Bistas (MARGARITA VTC)
Maria Papagavriil (Panhellenic Association of Adapted Activities “ALMA”)
Sofia Papagianni (“THEOTOKOS” Foundation)
Erasmia Markopoulou (Association of Parents Guardians & Friends of People with Autism Larissa Prefecture – Greece)
Eleni Roditi (Cerebral Palsy Greece/Open Door)
Maria Spatharaki (ELEPAP)
Constantinos Christias (Organisation for the Protection of Persons with Autism–P.D.D. of the prefecture of Kastoria)
Katerina Psarra (Cerebral Palsy Greece/Open Door)

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