Preparations for ENGELSİZMİR 2020 Congress in Progress

congress of obstacles is under preparation
congress of obstacles is under preparation

Preparations for ENGELSİZMİR 2020 Congress are in progress. Within the scope of congress preparations, bugün Garden Therapy and Local Governments Workshop bugün was held today.


Preparations are continuing for the fourth of the ENGELSİZMİR Congress, which will be organized by İzmir Metropolitan Municipality to raise awareness about individuals with special needs, to facilitate their access to public services and to produce solutions to their problems. Within the scope of the congress that will be held between 19-21 November with the theme of “Access to Public Services”, “Garden Therapy and Local Administrations Workshop” was organized today.

Speaking at the opening speech of the workshop at the Historic Air Gas Factory, Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Mayor Mustafa Özuslu said that the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality is working to protect the rights of all social groups, especially children, the elderly, women, the disabled and disadvantaged groups. Özuslu continued: “The 'Garden Therapy' method will be one of these studies. We sincerely believe that the results that will be revealed by the opinions of the precious experts attending the workshop will guide us. We can manage to implement the 'Garden Therapy' method in İzmir. ”

It will be an example to Turkey

Expressing that they have implemented important projects that will facilitate the lives of disabled people after each congress, Assoc. Dr. Levent Köstem, saying that “Garden Therapy” method stands out in the interim meetings held for this year's congress preparations, “If we bring a beautiful therapy park to İzmir, we will set an example for this city and the country. I would like to thank the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, which supported us, and our district spouses, especially Neptün Soyer, who are active members of the congress board, ”.

Izmir is the most suitable city

Dokuz Eylul University Faculty of Education Special Education Department Professor. Dr. Sunay Yıldırım Doğru said that İzmir is one of the most suitable cities for “Garden Therapy” and must be applied in the city. Reminding that Çiğli Municipality established a health garden in 2006 with the support of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality, Doğru said that the “Garden Therapy” project will add a new dimension to the work of the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality on the disabled.

Since the Ottoman Empire

"We have known the use of plants and nature since the Ottoman period for the treatment of problems that arise from birth or later and affect the quality of life," said Icon Cepdibi, Research Assistant at Istanbul University Hasan Ali Yücel Faculty of Education, Department of Special Education.

Fatma Celik, Ph.D. student at Dokuz Eylul Education Faculty Special Education Department, explained the process of “Garden Therapy” education program.

Ankara University, Faculty of Agriculture, Department of Landscape Architecture. Dr. Aysel Uslu gave examples from abroad about the design of “Garden Therapy” areas and the design of urban green spaces suitable for disabled people. Uslu stressed that the design should take into account the healing effect of green spaces.

Help to cope with stress

Pedagogue Konrad Neuberger, President of the German Horticulture and Therapy Association, pointed out that interacting with plants relaxes people and working in the fresh air increases self-confidence. Saying that the old airport in Berlin has turned into a public community garden, Christa Ringkamp of the Hortec Berlin Association of Germany said, “The more people live in green spaces, the better their psychology. "Garden therapies" are very important in dealing with stress and preventing burnout syndrome. " Rebecca Haller from the American Horticulture Therapy Institute talked about the treatment method applied in the therapy gardens and the benefits to the patients. Haller stated that they also used the therapy gardens for vocational purposes.

After the speeches, workshops were held with the help of experts from abroad and in Turkey.

Who participated?

Deputy Mayor of İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Mustafa Özuslu, Deputy Secretary General of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Aysel Özkan, Mayor of Gaziemir Halil Arda, Mayor of Beydağ Feridun Yılmazlar, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the 2020 Congress, Assoc. Dr. Levent Köstem, Honorary Chairman of the Executive Committee of ENGELSİZMİR 2020 Congress, Neptün Soyer, Members of the Executive Committee of ENGELSİZMİR 2020 Congress, the wife of Ödemiş Mayor Mehmet Eriş, Selma Eriş, wife of Bornova Mayor Mustafa İduğ, Ufuk İduğ, wife of Güzelbahçe Mayor Mustafa İnce Nilüfer İnce, Bayraklı The wife of Mayor Serdar Sandal Aylin Sandal, the wife of Çeşme Mayor Ekrem Oran Nuriş Oran, the wife of Tire Mayor Salih Atakan Duran Necibe Duran, the wife of Foça Mayor Fatih Gürbüz Seçil Gürbüz, Seferihisar Mayor İsmail Adult ' Fatma Adult's wife, Karşıyaka Öznur Tugay, wife of Mayor Cemil Tugay, Aslı Kayalar, wife of Mustafa Kayalar, Mayor of Menderes, Dilek Aksoy, wife of Seren Aksoy, Mayor of Menemen, Deniz Arda, Mayor of Gaziemir Mayor Halil Arda, Mayor of Alilı, Narlıdere his wife İlke Engin, academics and municipal bureaucrats attended.

What is “Garden Therapy??

“Horticultural Therapy”, also known as “Horticultural Therapy içeren, is a method of horticultural activities facilitated by therapists to achieve specific and proven therapeutic goals. This low-cost, effective and versatile method involves activities with plants as a living material for a person's physical, mental and personal development. A well-planned garden therapy program for people of all age groups can benefit from people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease, people with disabilities in daily treatment and rehabilitation programs, individuals at risk, drug addicts, psychiatric patients and individuals with special development.


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