Polish national committee of the Caravan 2000 is formed by:
Polish Association for Persons with mental Disability, Gdańsk Branch
Post: PSOUU Gdańsk
ul. Tysiąclecia 13a
80-351 Gdansk, Poland
Tel: +48 (0) 58 553 0261
Fax: +48 (0) 58 553 2511
As well as the Society of the Mutual Support Organizations “SUKURS” and the
City Hall of Gdańsk
Contact person: Magdalena Skiba
PSOUU is a national, non-profit, parental organization, established in 1991, aimed on equalization of chances for persons with intellectual disabilities, creating opportunities
leading them toward active participation in social life and supporting their families.
As of Dec 31, 2008, the Gdańsk branch of the Association consists of 257 members: parents, professionals and adults with intellectual disability.
Association works for and represents a group of almost 1500 individuals with developmental disability since birth (children, teenagers and adults) and their families, whose disability requires support for their entire life. In leveling many years of neglect and promoting an idea of full participation in the society for this group of people, we propagate basic human rights as comprised in The UN Convention of Rights of People with Disability.
We act as well as a professional social services agency as a mutual support parental organization.
Occupational Therapy Workshop – for 55 adults with intellectual disability vocational training, self service skills training, rehabilitation, day care and recreation are provided there.
The “PROM-ART” Gallery – the first in our country cultural establishment which promotes artistic achievements and creativity of artists with intellectual disability. Professionally prepared exhibitions allow to see a person with disability through his or her abilities and talents. The gallery runs a data-base of the artists with intellectual disability.
Integrative Percussive Orkiestra “Vita Activa” - consists of 30 to 40 people with and without disability. It presents various types of music; classical , contemporary, folk, experimental and popular. Orchestra plays on xylophones, metalophones and several dozens of other instruments, which together comprise the richness and special sound of performed music.
Leasure time Activity Club – musical, artistic, civic, theatrical. Club meetings, whose agenda satisfies the interests and abilities of its members and gives opportunities to maintain social relationship, are led regularly by professionals with the help of volunteers. The capability to realize oneself and one’s abilities is undertaken with the collaboration of Theatrical Education Center, Youth Clubs and other municipal cultural institutions. The club provides for 70 people.
Supported Employment Agency “BIZON” –started in 2006 a job center for people with intellectual disability based on the supported employment in the open labour market concept. At the time being 7 job coaches facilitates the job placement of 38 people with intelectual disability in the open labour market.
Home and respite care services including:
Special Events – promoting the idea of the full participation in the social life and at the same time educating society in the positive approach to a person with disability with
regard to his or hers needs and abilities.
We regularly organize special events which are either open or only for the disabled. Some of the best known include: The World not Known Enough – international festival of theatrical, musical, fine arts achievements of people with developmental disabilities Sport events, “Big Brother Big Sister” program, holiday camps, seminars & trainings, Art Auctions, Carnival Parties
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