DARE: Developmet, Abilities, Resilience and Equity for an independent life of people with disabilities

Pro ACT Suport Association, in partnership with FARA Foundation, Rehabilitation Foundation Speranta and International Organization for Democracy and Human Rights Norway, received funding of EURO 149,996 through the Active Citizens Fund Romania Program for the implementation of the project "DARE: Development, Abilities, Resilience and Equity for an independent life of people with disabilities".

The project's implementation period is March 1, 2022 to August 31, 2023. The total value of the project is EURO 196,606.

The DARE project addresses the continuing shortage of services for people with disabilities, both in the residential system and those at risk of (re) institutionalization.

The DARE project is in line with the objectives of the project of National Strategy 2021-2027 on the rights of persons with disabilities, and it has two directions:

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The flexibility of the standards for regulating the functioning of social services such as Protected Housing (PH) and Center for Independent Living (CIL) according to Annexes no. 1 and no. 2 of the "MLSP Order no. 82/2019 on the approval of specific mandatory minimum quality standards for social services for adults with disabilities";

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The introduction of a new service - the Supervised Independent Living Service (SILS) following a 12-months piloting and the addition of the supervised independent living phase to increase resilience and social inclusion and reduce inequities. SILS is intended as a form of support for people with disabilities who have experienced life in the residential system, driven by the rigors and limitations of the institution. The advantage of the SILS is that it provides a safety net for people with disabilities in search of autonomy and a fulfilling life in the community.

Beneficiaries are people with disabilities who have gone through the experience of institutionalization and who decide to build their destiny in the community, as well as people with disabilities who live in the community. They all need individualized support tailored to their needs, to develop autonomy and the ability to responsibly build a community life where they pay their rent, utilities, they maintain their home, they cook, they develop a social support network, and they organize their life and schedule independently.

The project aims to develop advocacy activities by coordinating resources, capitalizing on the experience of non-governmental organizations, professionals, and the life experience of people with disabilities for social inclusion, supporting independent living in the community, and increasing capacity and participation in making decisions that affect their lives.

The main activities of the DARE project consist of completing a social diagnosis on the issue of people with disabilities and a comparative analysis of the legislation, revising the standards for PH and CIL, piloting the SILS and elaboration of a proposal for its standards, organizing public discussions, holding a bilateral meeting with the participation of the Norwegian partner, and organizing a training course on topics of advocacy and leadership for the synergistic capitalization of the experience of professionals in the field, people with disabilities and decision-makers. The experience of working within the DARE project will be materialized in a public policy document that will support the changes proposed by this project, thus ensuring a continuum of support to which the disabled adult has access.

The role and responsibilities of The Foundation Rehabilitation Speranta
The Foundation Rehabilitation Speranta will implement the project activities in Timisoara: piloting the new la elaborarea Supervised Independent Living Service, developing a mentoring program and other local activities – debates and focus groups with people with disabilities and NGOs, local authorities, other stakeholders. Based on the local experience, both from the project activities and from previous activity of the foundation, it will contribute to the realization of the social diagnosis and the comparative analysis, to the revision of the quality standards for Protected Housing and Centers for Independent Living, will participate in the development of the standards for the new piloted service and the drafting of the public policy document. The Foundation Rehabilitation Speranta will also be involved in organizational development activities, advocacy conference and dissemination events.

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The DARE project has a dedicated Facebook page to constantly communicate the evolution of the project and keep in touch with people with disabilities, the community, and interested institutions. You can see here the current information:

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The project is implemented by Pro ACT Suport Association, in partnership with FARA Foundation, Rehabilitation Foundation Hope and International Organization for Democracy and Human Rights Norway, and benefits from a 149,996 euro grant from Active Citizens Fund Romania, programme funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants 2014 -2021.

The content of this website does not necessarily reflect the official position of the EEA and Norway Grants 2014-2021; for more information visit www.eeagrants.org. More details about Active Citizens Fund Romania are available at www.activecitizensfund.ro.