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SCI Spain ES-CAT 4.2 DISA 11.08.2008 20.08.2008 18+



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INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE BETWEEN YOUNG PEOPLE WITH CEREBRAL PALSY AND WITHOUT ANY

DISABILITY

ES-CAT 4.2 Fundació Catalana per la Paràlisi Cerebral (Sant Carles de la Ràpita)

11/08-20/08

14 participants (7 with cerebral palsy; 7 without disabilities)

DISA

THIS EXCHANGE IS OPEN TO PARTICIPANTS EITHER WITH CEREBRAL PALSY OR WITHOUT ANY



DISABILITY

Note:


- At the International Exchange there will be local participants with cerebral palsy and without any disability.

- 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

cerebral palsy.

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

activities.

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)

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