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I have the right! Transfer of modern programs and methods of the education of disabled children and teenagers to the Orioni Centre for children with disabilities in Zestafoni.

Children and young people with disabilities are marginalised in the Georgian system of education and social assistance. There are no specialist facilities, and children affected by disabilities are incorporated into the general system of education even when their participation in school life is only passive. Due to their state of health, they are rarely included in school activities and their disabilities are determined without any involvement of specialists.

For 10 years already, the ORIONI Association has been conducting supplementary school education for children and young people with disabilities. Their wards include children with coupled disabilities, among which intellectual disability prevails. Currently, the association is steadily working with 40 children, also supporting their families and cooperating with their schools.

The association has a staff of 18 specialists. However, there is a lack of essential equipment, materials and aids to properly diagnose children’s developmental capacity and follow individual programmes. For the most part, staff members complement the work of universal schools without the needed skills or knowledge in modern oligophrenopedagogy and therapy. The creation of modern therapy workshops and workplaces for groups of specialists will greatly improve rehabilitation and therapeutic measures that raise school capacity. All this is necessary for effective occupational and social rehabilitation of people with disabilities. The staff of the ORIONI Centre also includes a consultant of the ministry who is involved in education of children with disabilities, which is an opportunity to introduce schemes worked out in Zestafoni in other Georgian centres as well.

I have the right! Transfer of modern programs and methods of the education of disabled children and teenagers to the Orioni Centre for children with disabilities in Zestafoni.

The project envisaged the transfer of modern programmes and methods of educational and therapeutic work with children and young people with disabilities. During training of therapists and teachers conducted on the basis of prepared teaching manuals with descriptions of modern educational and therapeutic aids, the staff was trained to implement the new programmes and methods within the sphere of activity of the ORIONI Association. For each of the 10 trainees, a post for therapeutic work, furnished with the needed equipment, was created. During visits to the Centre for Activation of Persons with Disabilities in Tczew, 20 therapy instructors from Georgia took part in workshops on alternative communication, neurologopedics and polisensory therapy. At the meetings with specialists from Tczew, individual therapy programmes for ORIONI wards will be worked out. A website will be created with a description of the project and its implementation and evaluation to popularise modern methods of working with children with disabilities.

I have the right! Transfer of modern programs and methods of the education of disabled children and teenagers to the Orioni Centre for children with disabilities in Zestafoni.

Modern programmes and methods of educational and therapeutic work were promoted through the preparation and publication of a methodological guide for therapists working in Georgia. Great interest was shown in the guide, and the conference summing up the project was attended by many therapists, school directors, NGOs, local authorities, ministries and persons with disabilities themselves. The level of intellectual and social development of wards of the ORIONI Association was also raised. Renovations were carried out in seven specialist offices where 10 therapy and rehabilitation work posts were supplied with equipment.

Training encompassed 20 teachers and therapists working in the ORIONI Centre and a Tomatis certificate and two Biofeedback certificates were granted. All participants received sets of school materials in the Georgian language. An exchange programme for 10 children and 10 therapists concerned alternative communication skills and brought closer the culture, traditions and life of the partner countries. In the course of the project, a total of 40 teachers and therapists associated with the Centre for Activation of Persons with Disabilities in Tczew improved their skills and were able to transmit their knowledge and experience to colleagues from Georgia. Teachers and directors of nearly 40 schools and kindergartens in Georgia became acquainted with the effects of the proposed systemic changes. Physicians working within the Imereti region also learned about the project.

The project laid the groundwork for introducing systemic solutions for educational and therapeutic work with children and young people with disabilities in Georgia.