TEDDIP’Europe: Recommendation on deinstitutionalisation of youth with disabilities

Tuesday 30 January 2018

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Two years full of discoveries, experiences, new relationships, mobilities, researches and consultations. Two years of the work towards the inclusion of young TEDDIP – youth with intellectual disabilities – into the community-based support structures.

We cannot believe that TEDDIP’Europe is ending.

TEDDIP’Europe project was developed in response to the Recommendation CM/Rec(2010)2 of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to member states on deinstitutionalisation and community living of youth with disabilities. We support statements of the recommendations and encourage gradual relocation of young people with disabilities from the specialized institutions to regular, community-based structures.

We agree that the process of deinstitutionalisation should be accompanied by the development of services that support inclusion and participation in the community, and that offer flexible and personal assistance, support, and coordination so people can live the lives they want.

Everyone – even those people with multiple disabilities – can live in the community with the right support!

On the 25-26 January 2018, we TEDDIP’Europe partners, met in Matarò (Spain) for the last meeting of the project to reflect on what we have achieved during two years and how we can further support the process of deinstitutionalisation. We were hosted by TEDDIP partner Centre d’educació especial Les aigües (Center for special education) that also on the 26 January organised their TEDDIP’Europe day involving representatives from various institutions working with young people with disabilities, students themselves and their parents. We all were embraced by a lot of positivity and beautiful emotions.

During the last 2 years of the project, that is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme, Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnerships in the field of Youth, we have produced:

In the “White Book” we present recommendations to policy makers on the best actions that support deinstitutionalisation, such as:

  • We recommend that the symptoms of the TEDDIP child are diagnosed early, so that an intensive individualized psycho-educational plan of actions is developed as soon as possible.
  • We encourage that psychological support, individual or as group therapy, is proposed to the parents and to the brotherhood of a TEDDIP child.
  • We recommend that the parents receive all the assistance to get financial support if necessary.
  • We suggest that continuous training to the parents is proposed so that they understand and apply the specialized educational methods to TEDDIP child.
  • We advocate for regular awareness raising campaigns on TEDDIP inclusion to be held by public and/ or private stakeholders.
  • We propose that specialised local services for TEDDIP children are created to improve their inclusion in the school and in after school activities.

We hope that our recommendations will be taken into the consideration and the member states of the EU will gradually move towards community-based structures for young TEDDIP.

Soon you will be able to find TEDDIP’Europe White Book on CESIE’s Digital Library. Follow our website!

Thanks to project partners for this inspiring journey together:

Special thanks for our partner Association Image Mémoire Corps that through videos and photos has documented our 2-year journey.

If you want to learn more about the results achieved, please contact Ruta Grigaliunaite.