Carer of the Blind
Outcome:
empowerment of vulnerable groups
Organization:
City (headquarters):
Gdynia
Voivodeship (headquarters):
pomorskie
Dates:
30-12-2021 - 30-12-2021
Status:
completed
Project cost:
24 775 EUR
Funding:
19 262 EUR
Outreach:
local
Types of activities:
improvement of the quality of services / improving the skills of those working with people at risk of exclusion
Target groups:
persons with disabilities

There are various types of obstacles limiting the ability of blind/visually impaired people to participate in community life – from those relating to architecture and transportation to psychological barriers. This can cause them to withdraw from community life, and also from cultural life.
Carers of blind/visually impaired people should not break down the particular life know-how that blind people have developed, but present new solutions. It is important to change the approach taken towards blind people – taking on the role of guide instead of the most common approach, which is to ‘do things for them’. Carers at community welfare centers and homes who are assigned to the people we have been in touch with do not know how to do this.
We see an urgent need for training for carers of blind/visually impaired people, so that the help provided has true value. No one can teach carers better than blind people themselves.
The project aims to educate specialist carers of blind people and develop blind people’s other senses that might partially replace sight.
The participants in the project will be carers of people with disabilities in Gdynia, Sopot, and Rumia.
We will conduct a six-month training course for carers, consisting of workshops on the subject of eye diseases and disorders, disability psychology, and eleven one-on-one sessions between the carer and blind volunteer instructor. The sessions will be held at the home of the blind person and outside (in shops, public transport, restaurants). We will also organize a workshop on advocacy for the blind and visually impaired, attended by carers of blind people, volunteers, their family, and instructors. We will release a brochure with recommendations on how to behave towards blind/visually impaired people.
In the project, 10 carers of people with disabilities will improve their qualifications. 14 blind people and their carers will be able to conduct self-advocacy activities.

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