You are not alone!
empowerment of vulnerable groups
City (headquarters):
Wodzisław Śląski
Voivodeship (headquarters):
01-11-2021 - 31-10-2022
Project cost:
30 000,00 EUR
30 000,00 EUR
Types of activities:
counselling, self-advocacy, creating a support network for people at risk of exclusion / community work / inclusive actions
Target groups:
persons with disabilities, officials and employees of public institutions

The project addresses the problem of social exclusion of people on the autism spectrum (ASD) and their carers living in the western part of the Silesian province. It is estimated that the number of people with ASD in the sub-region is around 1.5-2 thousand. Each year, in each of the three districts, between a few dozen and about 100 certificates are issued for people on the spectrum. Meanwhile, the institutions that are supposed to provide support for people on the autism spectrum and their families have a very limited range of services and are not able to respond to the needs of all individuals. The project also addresses the issue of stigmatisation of people on the autism spectrum and people with disabilities, including by their immediate environment, which results in limited access to areas of life such as education, work, sport, leisure and culture.
As part of the project, an advice and guidance centre was set up, from which a total of 135 people benefited. Information was provided mainly on how to access benefits and allowances, available forms of support, respite care and assistance. A support group for parents of people with ASD was also set up. The project promoter developed a new training tool and then provided social skills training to 31 people on the autism spectrum. Up to 48 people (people with ASD and their carers) attended empowerment workshops to prepare them for their role as self-advocates. Inclusion and anti-stigma workshops were also organised for different age groups, including joint sports activities and workouts. The project also created a support network for people on the autism spectrum. Educational institutions and local government institutions that can support people on the spectrum and their families in the region were invited.
As a result, people on the autism spectrum developed their social and coping skills, and felt more independent and capable. Their families, especially their carers, were also strengthened. Those who used the advice centre or participated in the support group received appropriate help. The project’s services filled gaps in the public support system for people on the spectrum and their families.

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