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About The Project

Making the Invisible Visible project focuses on increasing the visibility of the people with intellectual disabilities in the employment and education sectors while making their issues and daily lives visible in social media and mainstream media channels. The project as well as aims to develop an EU Wide Network with organizations from different EU countries to promote solidarity among the NGOs and public organizations who are providing services for people with intellectual disabilities.

Project is being implemented by APCC ( Associação de Paralisia Cerebral de Coimbra ) and Elazig Schizophrenia Solidarity Association commonly in Coimbra, Portugal and Elazığ,Turkey. Project plans to involve 100 people with intellectual disabilities and listen to their issues in their lives concerning education and employment and develops a comparative report by implementing a comparative analysis of the information gathered from the quantitative surveys. Moreover, the project will work on the issue of the visibility of the people with intellectual disabilities in both countries in the media and will try to change the perception of the people towards to the people with intellectual disabilities.

The project will as well work on the topic of capacity-building and empowerment of the families of people with intellectual disabilities in both countries by implementing study visits and seminars for staff and families concerning the issues of the people with intellectual disabilities.

Aim of the Project :

– To increase visibility of mentally disabled people in the society and creating a Europe-wide solidarity network among CSOs targeting mentally disabled people to promote the inclusion of disabled to education contributing the Social Policies and Employment Chapter of EU Acquis

Specific Objectives of the Project :

  • Creating a comparative report on the situation of people with intellectual disabilities and their families in the cities of participating organizations from Turkey and the EU specifically Portugal
  • Implementing social media and internet campaigns about issues of people with intellectual disabilities in the field of education and employment
  • Creating a solidarity network among CSOs targeting mentally disabled people in Europe and Turkey
  • Developing an evidence-based policy paper to promote the inclusion of disabled people to the education in EU level

Target Groups of the Project

  • 100 people with intellectual disabilities living in Elazığ ( 50 people ) and Coimbra ( 50 people ) in research activities 
  • 40 families of people with intellectual disabilities living in Coimbra ( 20 family members ) and Elazığ ( 20 family members ) 
  • 20 CSO,Social Workers and Educators in Turkey and 3 organization representatives from Portugal 
  • 30 CSO,Social Workers and Educators from EU Countries 

The Project Activities

The project is consisted of 5 activity segments and in each of these activities the project will include the above-mentioned groups. For the participation to the activities ( Study Visits, Seminars with Families, EU Solidarity NGO Disability Network and Workshop ), please follow this page in the News from the project section.

Research and Training Activities :
During the implementation of the project, we will implement research activity with the families and the people with intellectual disabilities. The research focuses on the three aspects of the life of people with intellectual disabilities as education, employment, and social life in both countries and aims to reach 100 people ( 50 in TR and 50 in PT ) during the implementation of the project.

As a result of the research activity, at the end of September 2021, the comparative report in English, Portuguese and Turkish will be published on this webpage with infographics along with training methodology for Turkish staff and seminar methodology with the families in both countries concerning to their needs identified within the reseerch activity.

Study Visits to Turkey and Portugal 
The project foresees two study visits one from Turkey to Portugal involving 15 people ( CSO representatives, public staff from local directorates of Family and Social Services Ministry and Ministry of Education along with the educators from private and public organisations in Elazığ ) and one from Portugal to Turkey involving 3 staff of the APCC.

The study visit programs and results of the study visits will be publicized in here in next year along with the implemented activities.

Online Awareness Raising Campaign 

The Online Awareness Raising Campaign aims to reach out to 5000 people in both countries through Facebook, Instagram and Youtube. During the online awareness-raising campaign, the photostories and videos will be developed and published through the webpage and above-mentioned social media pages. We plan to publicize the story of 50 people with intellectual disabilities.

Seminars with Families 

In each country, there will be seminars with the families which focuses on the content developed as a result of the reseaarch output. In each country, we aim to reach 20 families of the people with intellectual disabilities to inform and increase their resilience towards to the issues that we discussed in the comparative report. The activity is planned to be implemented in October 2021.

EU Solidarity NGO Disability Network and Workshop

To disseminate the project results as well as to increase the sustainability of the project, we will implement 4 day workshop and panels with the involvement of 30 people from outside of Turkey and we plan to reach at least 1 person from each EU and candidate country that the project reaches its aim in a comprehensive way the project results are multiplied and reach out the other relevant stakeholders in different EU Countries. The workshop plan would be as following :

  • Information about the project and the materials developed during the project 
  • Fair of NGOs to promote their activities 
  • The panel discussions on mental disability and education of mentally disabled people 
  • Workshop for Strategy Development for the Inclusion of Mentally Disabled people to Education
  • Cooperation Plan for the implementation of EU Solidarity NGO Disability Network 



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