DISABILITY AND SOCIAL EXCLUSION
The definition of disability is a complex term since it includes impairment - any dysfunction in the person's body or appearance, limitation of activity - any difficulty the person faces in achieving tasks and activities, but also the limitation of participation - any difficulty that it is experienced by the individual in his participation in the activities of everyday life.
By definition, disabled persons include those suffering from total or partial physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments.
The manifestation of these dysfunctions, in combination with various obstacles, may hinder the full and substantial participation of these individuals in society on equal terms with others.
The life and everyday life of a person with a disability are full of obstacles. From the minimal ramps for direct access, the lack of alternative means of communication in outdoor and cultural spaces, and the non-existent road networks to the looks of "sorry" and the minimal knowledge of people about disability issues.
The life and everyday life of people with disabilities are full of obstacles—social barriers.
The concept of disability, therefore, evolves and results from the interactions between the person with disabilities and the attitudes and environmental barriers that prevent their equal participation in society.
WHAT DOES A SUPPORT WORKER DO?
The concept of the Personal Assistant was established by the need of these individuals for a more essential and equal daily life with the aim of eliminating their marginalization and upgrading their living conditions.
The personal assistant is, in essence, the person who understands, adapts, supports, guides and creates, for the person, a daily life mainly based on his needs and abilities. It is the person's supporter and fellow traveller in matters of service, socialization, education, work, social life, etc., with the aim of independent living but also their integration into society as a whole.
Based on the rights-based model of disability, the Personal Assistant is a "tool" for people with disabilities, but also a key component for building a modern social state with equal opportunities and rights for all, against institutionalization and exclusion.
ACCOMMODATION or CARE
The term "Personal Assistant" or " support worker " as well as the term "Accompaniment" was based on the movement of Independent and Autonomous Living of the Disabled and is in contrast to the medical model of disability and the care of individuals only in matters of medicine and care. The value of the Escort, therefore, lies in the fact that the disabled person is not defined simply for his disability but is a complete human being with equal rights and opportunities and the will to progress and develop his life.
Does an Escort program include Care?
Of course! The needs of each person are what lead us to create a specific support program. However, care for us is a complementary part of the Escort. It is based on supporting, strengthening and teaching the individual to take care of his own needs as much as possible.