Title Enabling and Including Young People with Complex and Intense Support Needs
Project Number 541981-LLP-1-2013-1-BE-LEONARDO-LMP
Product WP1_DEL2: Support of young people with multiple disabilities: 60 years of developments and adaptations
Title WP1_DEL2: Support of young people with multiple disabilities: 60 years of developments and adaptations
Product Type others
Marketing Text Article by internationally renown Dr. Elisabeth Zucman, looking back on 60 years of care for children with profound and multiple disabilities.
In this article, Dr Zucman, a rehabilitation doctor, looks back on 60 years of care for children with multiple disabilities. She witnessed an impressive evolution, from almost total passivity and mothering care, to a new social paradigm of inclusion. Nowadays, we look beyond appearances when dealing with multiple disabilities, and as a result, there are many developments in educational support. This represents a challenge of learning, and many professionals must learn to work together and become better prepared.
Élisabeth ZUCMAN MD PHD,
Physical medicine & rehabilitation
Honorary professor at Cnefei - National Study & Training Centre for Children with Special Needs (1985-1992), Paris
Honorary President of Groupe Polyhandicap France (GPF)
Target group Professionals and parents dealing with children and young adults (0-25) with complex and intense support needs because of multiple disabilities
There remain, however, many goals for improvements in order to:
- better develop their “sensitive & intuitive intelligence” and nonverbal expression;
- respect the continuity of their attachment to people very close to them
- guarantee human resources indispensable for daily quality care;
- find a balance between care, therapy and education, but also ensure sufficient freedom for growing up.
In return, young persons with multiple disabilities teach us to accept, with their parents, their practical limits imposed by their impairments. However, they also teach us to recognize in them their adaptive genius of human beings and to become aware of the «necessary interactions» linking them indissolubly to their familial and institutional environments
Area of application Preparation of the training program