A study that we conducted among adults with disabilities and their relatives in Nowy Dwór Mazowiecki has revealed that people with disabilities do not deal by themselves with basic business relating to bank payments, social security, or government authorities. Despite having a need for example to have control over their finances with respect to basic needs, in most cases business of this kind is dealt with by parents/carers. The poll also showed that parents of people with disabilities devote almost all of their attention and time to their children, and this frequently causes frustration, a feeling of helplessness, and a feeling that they have been left to face the problem alone. Adults with disabilities, on the other hand, feel unappreciated and are scared to become self-reliant.
The project addresses the problem of adults with disabilities not being sufficiently self-reliant.
We intend to provide comprehensive support in the form of modules on computer studies and cybersecurity, diet and cuisine, finance (including online banking), actively negotiating the job market, and group trips to cultural institutions. We will propose three meetings for carers concerning relaxation, recreation, and care for their health. We will also provide a Life Balance Consultant (LBC) – support at home, tailored to individual needs and difficulties of a person with disabilities. We will also issue an educational publication featuring the content provided in the individual modules.
The participants in the project will be adults with disabilities and their carers in the Nowy Dwór district.
Under the project, 25 people with disabilities will improve their knowledge and abilities, and their community skills, and 30 carers will learn how to resolve difficult domestic situations and provide support for self-reliance and independence of grown-up children.