Awareness of and responsiveness to the needs of people with disabilities (PWD) in Tunisia is scarce. A lack of engagement and collaboration limits both knowledge sharing and the abilities of all involved to engage more effectively in collective advocacy for positive change.

It is this need that ACT will seek to address through this project. Working with ACT partner centres serving PWD, we want everyone to know how to pass on the philosophy and practices of self-advocacy. By helping caregivers improve their understanding of self-advocacy, and in addition bringing them the tools to communicate more effectively with children with disabilities (CWD), they can more genuinely grasp the needs their children have, building stronger and healthier relational bonds. Consequently, this will improve the life quality and sense of dignity and value of CWD.

With the Self-Advocacy and Family Communication project, ACT will aim to give staff and families of PWD better opportunities to improve the wellness of these children by increasing knowledge – of both the right to increased autonomy and lay the foundation of better communication in families through focused trainings. Our goal is to facilitate training exchange, particularly in regard to partnerships between organisations of PWD.

Duration

September 2023 to August 2024

Location

Tajerouine & Jendouba

Partners

UTAIM Tajerouine | UTAIM Jendouba

Activities

Result 1: Spread the self-advocacy model in several centres and improve knowledge sharing between centres for people with disabilities.

  • Provide self-advocacy training performed by UTAIM Tajerouine and Jendouba for staff of 4-8 centres for PWD who have not received training in this topic.

Result 2: Involve parents in the educational process through available simple tools and develop the parents’ communication skills with their child as a complement to the educators’ work in the centres.

  • Invite four employees from UTAIM Tajerouine and Jendouba to be trained as facilitators for the ICDP (International Child Development Programme) curriculum.
  • Convene support groups based on the curriculum of the ICDP model to further support at least 30 parents/caregivers in building healthy communication and relationships with the children in their care.

Result 3: Continue to help children with disabilities build autonomy through self-advocacy training.

    • Present developmentally appropriate trainings for children on the rights of people with disabilities, self-representation, and raising awareness about principles of self-advocacy.
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