Active Rehabilitation and Independent Living Training
The active rehabilitation program includes peer group independent living training, physiotherapy and counselling 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 ad 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.
During the physiotherapy sessions, our specialists recommend a customized program of exercises, adapted for the needs and abilities of each of the participants.
Individual counselling 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 Motivaiton teams, after the funcional assessment made by our specialists.
Please call the wheelchair user’s number: 0800.030.762! This number addresses people with mobility disabilities who have a right to a wheelchair adapted to their needs. The line is available from Monday to Friday between 9:00 and 4:00 pm. You can call this free of charge number in the following networks: Romtelecom, UPC, Vodafone, Orange, Telemobil, Cosmote.
Peer Group Training sessions are organized through the following projects:
- The project Partners for Independent Living Services is developed by Motivation Romania Foundation in partnership with Asociația Clubul Sportiv Supernova Neamț, Asociația Club Sportiv Leii Timișoarei și Asociația Club Sportiv Fii Independent. The project aims to increase the capacity of the partners to deliver and promote early intervention services for people with spinal cord injuries, based on the knowledge of their real needs. The project Partners for Independent Living Services runs from January 2016 to December 2017 and is co-financed by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union.
- The project Mobility and Independent Living for youth with disabilities in Romania aims to contribute to the social and economic inclusion of young people with physical and intellectual disabilities in our country, aged between 16 and 29, by creating a system of integrated services. These consist of the assessment of the needs and personalized intervention through independent living training, sports activities, informative and counselling sessions regarding the access to services dedicated to people with disabilities. The proect adresses young people living in rural, poor or isolated areas, with limited access to services of education, health and employment. The project runs from January 2015 to October 2016 and is developed by Motivation Romania Foundation in partnership with Special Olympics Foundation from Romania. The project is funded with the financial support of RO10-CORAI program, program funded through 2009-2014 EEA Grants and managed by the Romanian Social Development Fund.
- The project ACCESS – Accelerating Core Competencies for Effective Wheelchair Service and Support is developed in partnership with World Vision and made possible by the generous support of the American People through Advancing Partners & Communities (APC), a cooperative agreement funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), under Agreement No. AID-OAA-A-12-00047, beginning October 1, 2012. The project runs between March 2014 to June 2017 and it aims to improve the quality of services delivered to wheelchair users in order to promote an appropriate environment for the development of effective services for wheelchair users, through the expansion of the services for wheelchair users, through diversifying the area of available mobility equipment and by supporting the management capacity and service delivery capacity of the local partners, through training for the staff who delivers wheelchair services, according to the training package created by the World Health Organization (WHO).
- The project Access to Education, Services and Community for wheelchair users in Romania ran between March 2014 to April 2016 and it aimed to improve the health condition, to develop independent living skills and to increase public participation for 144 wheelchair users, children and adults, by developing three new services: assisted and accessible transportation, home care and support group. It also aims to inform 500 people without disabilities from the community, including students, parents, teachers, on the rights and abilities of children and adults with physical disabilities. The project was implemented in Bucharest – Ilfov County area and it was financed through the 2009 – 2014 EEA grants, within the NGO Fund in Romania.
- The project ”LOOK AT ABILITIES, FORGET INCAPACITY – Implementation of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in social inclusion services for Romanian wheelchair users” was developed by Motivation Romania Foundation in partnership with Swiss Paraplegic Research from Switzerland between May 2013 to June 2015. Look At Abilities, Forget Incapacity is an unique awareness program which aims to support professionals in Romania working in the field of disability and to train them regarding the shift in approaching disability from a more complex, ability-oriented perspective. The project was co-financed by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union.
- The Mobility Caravan project was developed by Motivation Romania Foundation with the support of Vodafone Romania Foundation, between April 2014 to April 2015. The project developed an inovative model of mobile services for people with mobility disabilities who have not had before the chance to lead an independent life.
- The project Wheels of Change – towards appropriate wheelchair user services in Romania was funded by the United States Agency for International Development since 2009. Through the project Motivation improved the access for people with mobility disabilities in Romania to appropriately prescribed, personalized mobility equipment by creating regional distribution and mobility equipment centers and providing independent living training programs for wheelchair users. This was done via regional Motivation teams, providing mobility equipment as well as the accompanying training as close as possible to the beneficiaries. Through this project Motivation also promoted appropriate wheelchair prescription practices among specialists and wheelchair users. We did this by informing representatives of people with mobility disabilities, medical professionals, NGO representatives and policy initiators about correct positioning, appropriate prescription of mobility equipment and about the need to provide mobility equipment together with independent living training to enable wheelchair users to maximize their health and independence.
- The project Development of social economy for people with mobility disabilities in Romania was funded by the European Social Fund for a period of three years, starting with 2009. It aimed to create a national network of 5 mobile teams that provide services such as: assessment, positioning, prescription and adaptation of mobility equipments, and training and counselling in order to increase social inclusion and employment for 1,500 people with physical disabilities in the North East, South East, South, Central and West regions of Romania. Additionally, the project trains social service specialists regarding the importance of correct positioning and appropriate mobility equipment provision. It informs people with disabilities on how to develop independent living skills and develops partnerships with NGOs active in the field of social service provision for people with disabilities.
- The project Networking for Inclusion was funded by the European Social Fund for a period of three years, beginning December 1st, 2008 and aims to develop a network of high quality, specialized services for people with disabilities in Romania, leading to the development of an inclusive society where participation of all members is encouraged and respected. Regional Training Centers have been opened in the following counties: Prahova (South Muntenia Region), Sibiu (Center) and Mehedinti (South West Oltenia). These centers’ teams will carry out the assessment and prescription of mobility equipments and other assistive devices to enable people with disabilities to develop their motor skills. The project also contributes to the professional development of Regional Training Centers’ specialists through training and international exchanges with our British partner, Motivation Charitable Trust.