ICF Implementation in Romania

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Motivation Romania Foundation (MRF) in partnership with Swiss Paraplegic Research of Switzerland (SPF) started the project "Look at Abilities, Forget Incapacity" – Implementation of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in social inclusion services for Romanian wheelchair users." The project will be carried out from May 2013 until May 2015.

"Look at Abilities, Forget Incapacity" aims to raise awareness among professionals in Romania working in the field of disability and to train them regarding the shift in approaching disability from a more complex, ability-oriented perspective. The overall development objective is to create a strong partnership between SPF and MRF to improve the quality of rehabilitation and employment services for Romanian wheelchair users through an innovative ability-oriented training program for disability professionals and a unique capacity assessment service provided by MRF to wheelchair users that incorporate the principles of the ICF as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) as part of the forthcoming recommendations of the WHO's International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury (IPSCI) that is developed in partnership with the International Spinal Cord Society.

The objectives of the project are:

  • to transfer Swiss knowledge and expertise to Romanian disability professionals by developing and providing unique ICF based ability-oriented awareness and training to 120 disability professionals, particularly from the public sector;
  • to facilitate participation of disability professionals and people with disabilities in improving the quality of Romanian disability services by creating the ICF and International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury (IPSCI) implementation strategy for Romania consisting of an implementation guide and tools;
  • to create, pilot, document, assess and promote ability oriented, ICF based services for wheelchair users provided by MRF and other implementers in Romania.

During the first year of project implementation, three Romanian experts will benefit from the expertise of the Swiss partner concerning the ICF approach to disability, so as to develop the tools and package for training 120 disability professionals on ability-oriented capacity assessment of persons with disabilities. Three focus groups of disability professionals and persons with spinal cord injuries will be organized to survey the needs in order to bring IPSCI recommendations into practice in Romania as well to draft the specific implementation guide and tools for Romania. In addition, the implementing the ICF approach in all projects run by MRF will be initiated. In 2014, the training of disability professionals will continue and an ICF and IPSCI awareness conference in Bucharest will be organized. The results of the surveys and of the ICF implementation efforts in MRF's services will be analysed and summarized. The activities and tools that will be created will be based on two crucial international documents: the ICF and IPSCI.

Throughout the entire project, the "Look at Abilities, Forget Incapacity" campaign will focus on increasing awareness of ability-oriented services for wheelchair users among 1,200 disability professionals, people with disabilities, members of the media and members of local communities.

MRF combines its eighteen year experience of independent living service provision for wheelchair users with SPF's expertise in ability-oriented assessment of persons with spinal injuries, to create, test, assess and promote ability-oriented services that facilitate the full participation of Romanian wheelchair users.

The project is co-financed by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss-Romanian Cooperation Programme.

Click here for more information about the training courses:
http://www.motivation.ro/en/training-courses/icf-training-courses or
http://www.motivation.ro/ro/cursuri-specialisti/cursuri-cif for information in Romanian.

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