Title We Empower uS bH - transnational development, trial and transfer of an occupational assistance concept for people with the disabilities Spina bifida and Hydrocephalus
Project Number 509929-LLP-1-2010-1-DE-LEONARDO-LMP
Product Instrument 7: Peer support training
Title Instrument 7: Peer support training
Product Type others
The term “peer support” comes from the USA and means the provision of factual and specialised information and practical assistance from one person to another on an equal level. A peer is a person who is in a similar situation as, for example, a person with disabilities. In this project we would like to encourage people with Spina bifida and Hydrocephalus to give advice and assistance to people with these disabilities.
Peer Support offers a valuable exchange of experiences as the peer supporters will often have a better and more empathetic understanding of the situation being experienced by the person seeking advice. Fears and insecurities are better understood and mutual trust can be more easily established between the person seeking advice and the peer supporter.
Description The project aims to enable people with Spina bifida and Hydrocephalus, who follow their career path in a self-determined and successful manner, to exchange experiences and offer support to their peers. As experts of their own affairs, they have valuable personal experience of living with Spina bifida and/or Hydrocephalus that can be shared with others to help them overcome the barriers to education and employment.
Target group Poeple with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus
Result Peer support training in the framework of modules and learning units
Area of application
The reasons why people with spina bifida and hydrocephalus profit from sharing experiences can be very diverse. Peer support, as defined by the Leonardo “We Empower uS bH” project can, for example, be of assistance with:
• Person centred planning
• Health care
• Mobility (driving licence / the use of public transport on the way to work)
• Labour laws (rights / examples and divers lessons / job conflicts / insurance)
• Living (moves / houses)
• Assistance and support (assistive technologies / wheel chair / funding)
• Leisure activities (example: stress relaxation)
The contact person for specific topics of advice should, in the long term, be arranged via the self-help organisations and advice centres of the rehabilitation establishments. It is expected that the diversity of topics and the number of counsellors will increase with time.