Support at the starting line
Outcome:
empowerment of vulnerable groups
City (headquarters):
Poznań
Voivodeship (headquarters):
wielkopolskie
Dates:
30-10-2022 - 30-10-2022
Status:
in progress
Project cost:
30 000 EUR
Funding:
30 000 EUR
Outreach:
regional
Types of activities:
counselling, self-organization / self-help
Target groups:
persons with disabilities

In Wielkopolska, more than 10 000 people are estimated to be classified as having vision impairment, with a similar number having this impairment undocumented. People with vision impairment are able to function actively, but coaching is needed for them and people close to them. There are six personnel in our organization, working in Poznań. It is difficult to get help to small towns. In addition, the pandemic has revealed the many things blind people lack when using communication and education platforms.

Using local facilities operating in counties, we will select a group of leaders (self-advocates). We will guarantee them intensive training and workshops that address issues from rehabilitation to technological advice to representing the interests of that social group in the local community (the topic will include needs expressed by this community), and support in further measures. The persons trained, given knowledge and equipment, will provide support in fifteen towns.

The project will increase awareness of blind people and people with vision impairments of rehabilitation, available rehabilitation aid, and the law, and make fundraising more effective. Policymakers (town, city, village mayors) will learn about the obstacles faced by blind people who use services of government authorities.

Eighteen people (fifteen with vision impairments and three guides) will be trained. Fifteen advice centers will be opened, to be used by 150 people with vision impairments.

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