SCI Spain ES-CAT 4.2 DISA 11.08.2008 20.08.2008 18+
INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE BETWEEN YOUNG PEOPLE WITH CEREBRAL PALSY AND WITHOUT ANY
ES-CAT 4.2 Fundació Catalana per la Paràlisi Cerebral (Sant Carles de la Ràpita)
14 participants (7 with cerebral palsy; 7 without disabilities)
THIS EXCHANGE IS OPEN TO PARTICIPANTS EITHER WITH CEREBRAL PALSY OR WITHOUT ANY
- It is recommended that participants with cerebral palsy come with a supporter person (also a participant).
- Participants with cerebral palsy which are autonomous enough can travel alone.
FCPC (Fundació Catalana per la Paràlisi Cerebral) is a non lucrative organization that was created by a group of
parents of adult people with cerebral palsy. Its main objective is to cover all the aspects of the life of people
affected by cerebral palsy and their families.
FCPC organizes all throughout the year several activities and projects such as the following: residential shelter and
individual programs for people with cerebral palsy; learning and dynamic leisure-time activities; sports activities
for federate players with cerebral palsy; individual support for adult people with cerebral palsy; social integration
weekly activities and projects; weekend excursions; International Exchanges for young people with cerebral palsy
and without any disability; self-help group addressed to women with cerebral palsy and women who take care of
people with cerebral palsy; training and formative courses on cerebral palsy and for new volunteers; development
of a virtual community about cerebral palsy (www.espaipc.com); etc. FCPC also organizes conferences, videos
and exhibitions at schools and other public centres in order to work towards the normalization of life of people with
During the exchanges young people with and without disabilities will live, have fun and take part together in many
activities aimed to help the disabled people to develop their potential, and to instruct the participants without any
disability on what cerebral palsy is. The main objectives of the programme are to facilitate the mutual
understanding among disabled and non-disabled youth, and hence to work towards the normalization of life of
people with cerebral palsy. To accomplish these objectives, many adapted activities focused on the improvement
at all levels of the personal autonomy of people with cerebral palsy will take place during the exchange.
W: The main objective of the exchange is to involve both people with cerebral palsy and without any disability in
an intercultural learning experience by means of living together during the whole of the activity, in order to work
towards the normalization of life of people with cerebral palsy. All the participants in it will therefore live together 24
hours per day and take part without distinction in the proposed sports, leisure and cultural activities.
This experience is for all participants one of personal growth that will increase their responsibilities, understanding
of our society and personal self-esteem. The exchange, on the one hand, gives participants without any disability
the chance to know and learn about the difficulties that disabled people have to overcome in their daily life. They
will learn to take care of the needs of the others in an intense and rich exchange, helping them whenever they need
to in order to learn that people with cerebral palsy are not so different from any non-disabled young. Participants
with cerebral palsy, on the other hand, will improve their capacities, knowledge and potential while having fun
together with other young people like them within an adapted environment.
No distinction will be made during the exchange between participants with cerebral palsy and without any disability.
They will all take part together of the same activities at the same level, and share their time in equal conditions.
Participants without any disability will support participants with cerebral palsy in their daily needs at any time of the
day, and they may help them to get dressed, eat, drink, go to the bathroom, have a shower or accomplish the
Because of their dependence, participants with cerebral palsy have to be supported 24 hours a day and can not be
left alone at any time. Consequently, it is very important for all non-disabled participants to be motivated and
willing to know about such a different world. The FCPC will provide some professionals to be in charge of the whole
group during the exchange, as well as training on what cerebral palsy is previous to the beginning of the exchange
for all participants who specifically ask for it.
The activities proposed during the exchange include: boccia, slalom with wheelchairs, athletics and swimming-pool
activities; several workshops (of T-shirts, collars, pictures…); formative activities; two excursions; games of
several kind; etc.
S: the reality of cerebral palsy; social integration among young people from different nationalities; sport activities
as a means of social integration.
A: Adapted rooms in the Youth Hostel Sant Carles de la Ràpita. Participants don’t need to cook by themselves.
L: English, Spanish and Catalan. Basic knowledge of Spanish is advisable.
Q: Motivation letter is required!
X: Wheelchair accessibility; age limit: 30 years old (some exception can be made)