Active Rehabilitation and Independent Living Training

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The active rehabilitation program includes peer group independent living trainingphysiotherapy and counseling sessions. These services are provided to persons who have recently become wheelchair users or who haven’t had the occasion to find out how to live independently yet, after the accidents they had. The impact of the program is given especially by the involvement of independent living trainers who are wheelchair users themselves, who overcome the barriers they had met and who are now successful models for the ones who have recently become wheelchair users.

Peer Group Independent Living Training is an intensive training program for new wheelchair users. The independent living training sessions are developed under the guidance of an independent living trainer who is also a wheelchair user – a model of success who uses his personal example and his experience to teach others how to manage by themselves while using a wheelchair. During the training sessions, the participants learn about correct positioning in a wheelchair, wheelchair handling techniques (how to go up and down a ramp and how to overcome obstacles), about transfer techniques, about prevention and treatment of some medical complications related to disability, as well as personal hygiene, sexuality, social and school inclusion.

Individual counseling and support group sessions help the participants to gain more self-confidence, to overcome the obstacles that may appear and to become active members of their communities and families.

 

Motivation Romania Foundation organizes free of charge independent living training sessions which last for about one week. The recruitment of the participants is made with the support of the regional Motivation teams, after the functional assessment made by our specialists.

During the physiotherapy sessions, our specialists recommend a customized program of exercises, adapted for the needs and abilities of each of the participants.

 

Ongoing projects

As part of training sessions for independent living, new wheelchair users learn how to use correctly and safe a wheelchair and also basic self-service techniques.
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Sport has no limits. This was also demonstrated by the wheelchair users who participated in various competitions – basketball, field tennis, swimming or archery.
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The campaign aims to draw attention to the importance of releasing parking spaces for people with disabilities.
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Life in a wheelchair is just as normal. You can have a job, you can be active and independent, all from a wheelchair. Find out stories of Motivation beneficiaries who have participated in active recruitment internships and see how their lives have changed.
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Ended projects

The project was developed in partnership with several associations and aimed for strengthening the capacity of originator organizations to provide and promote early intervention services for people with medullary injuries based on knowing their real needs.
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The project aimed to contribute to social and economic inclusion of young people with mobility and intellectual disabilities aged between 16 and 29 through the creation of an integrated services system.
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The program aims to improve the quality of services for wheelchair users through a range of measures that can be implemented locally and nationally.
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The aim of the project was to improve health status, develop independent living skills and increase the participation at social life for 144 wheelchair users, children and adults by developing three new services for wheelchair users: assisted transport and accessibility, home care and support group.
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A unique awareness and training program that aims to support Romanian professionals working in the field to adopt principles focused on the skills of people with disabilities, thus changing the current – predominantly medical – approach to disability.
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The project has implemented an innovative mobile service model for people with mobility disabilities who have not had the chance to live independently.
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Developing a network of quality and highly specialized services for people with disabilities in Romania, leading to the development of an inclusive society in which the participation of all members is encouraged and respected.
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