Dec 20, 2018

Autonomy and Independence for people with visual impairment

 The project aims to promote the autonomy and independence of 220 children and adolescents with visual impairment and their families through specialized services such as early intervention programs, special education support, educational supplementation, psychological guidance to the family and school. In addition to the development of the independence of the child and adolescent and social affective contact, from an environment that favors the extra-familial social life, expanding the possibilities of experiences and contact with the other and the environment that surrounds him.

Actions developed, in the period, to fulfill the object:

During the first quarter of the project (May to August / 2018) activities occurred as planned.

Children and Youth waiting for service were called, participated in the Reception process and are already in specialized care, according to the demand presented by each one. All the demands are evaluated individually, the child and the young are sent to individual or group care, according to the context raised. The majority of the young people are assisted in a group, understanding the innumerable gains from their own life.

Thematic groups were also held to support their development.

- Developing talents: workshops in groups having as a working tool the corporal expression through the artistic language, like theater, music, dance, among others, being defined from the profile and interest of the group. 06 young people participated in the workshops, built an interview scene where everyone had roles, and the main theme was: What are my talents?

- Digital inclusion workshops: It is a basic requirement in the work world, so we offer the course with emphasis on student employability, which in addition to learning the Office suite, learns to use the accessibility and assistive technology features of visual impairment.

We emphasize the testimony of a young woman: "Even with great demand I had the opportunity to take the course quickly, which motivated me to go back to study and continue the use of the computer. "

In addition to the interventional interventions, we carried out the following socio-educational activities:

  • Week of the Professions, which had a series of activities aimed at young people with visual impairment, where issues related to the search for guidelines on the universe of work, career development and professional growth were addressed. Among the activities we highlight:
  • Conversation wheel, on the choice of profession, conducted by professionals with visual deficiencies: Maria Regina Lopes (Social Work), Monica Barros (Psychology), Marcelo Panico (Law) and Marcos Nakagawa (Technology and geek universe);
  • Workshop and Dynamics on non-violent communication conducted by the consultant Ismael Almeida Iba of the company DorseyRocha;
  • Career Protagonism Workshop (Curriculum, LinkedIn and Job Interview) conducted by the Lee Hecht Harrison Team.
  1. Nautical experience with Adaptive Sailing - Through the Sailing Sense project, customers were able to drive the boats, were responsible for both the rudder, giving direction to the sailboat, as well as cables and sails. With these actions we were able to work on essential points in the holistic development of Dorina Foundation clients.
  2. Visit Brazilian Paralympic Center - We take a group of 15 children and young people with their families, to know the space and experience all the activities offered. Everyone was delighted with the accessible space, trained professionals and the range of possibilities of inclusion in the Sport!
  3. Visit the Louis Braille Library - taking advantage of the school holidays, we carried out a Socio-educational activity in partnership with the Louis Braille Library at the Vergueiro Cultural Center, with the aim of presenting and encouraging the use of reading-related accessibility resources for the children served; 14 children and their families participated. Guaranteed, yielded good stories!

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