Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor, who strengthened the goal of Barrier-Free Izmir with the understanding of "Another Disability Policy is Possible" Tunç SoyerPreparations for the establishment of the Parent Education and Information Center were accelerated in line with the vision of .
Izmir Metropolitan Municipality continues its preparations to establish the Parent Education and Information Center within the Awareness Center in Limontepe to meet the educational needs of disabled parents. Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor, who strengthened the goal of Barrier-Free Izmir with the understanding of "Another Disability Policy is Possible" Tunç SoyerThe center, which will be established in line with the vision of . The center aims to help parents receive appropriate education and services for their children with disabilities, improve children's educational outcomes, inform parents and professionals, and link children with disabilities with resources that meet their needs.
There are no examples of a disability policy in Turkey
Mayor of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality Tunç SoyerStating that the vision of Engelsizmir and the understanding of “Another Disability Policy is Possible” reveals a very comprehensive field of work, he said: “Developing the vocational training and employment model of mentally handicapped individuals, empowering the families of persons with disabilities to be decision makers for their children with the Parent Education and Information Center, Ensuring that students participate in artistic activities without competition, presenting the first examples of the Sensory Parks planned to be established in the city, a much more organized work of our awareness centers, completion of the Visually Impaired Awareness Museum, which will be among the firsts in the world, in the new awareness center established in Örnekköy, Mobile Awareness We are working towards many goals such as establishing the center, providing project support to both the Metropolitan and other municipalities of the city by the Awareness Center Science Board. The development of the 'Red Flag' application given by the Izmir Metropolitan Municipality to the open and closed spaces belonging to private or public institutions and transportation vehicles, which are made suitable for the access of persons with disabilities, is among our works in this context.
"It will be the first place that comes to mind"
Engelsizmir Executive Board Chairman Dr. Levent Köstem said that the Parent Education and Information Center will be built in a structure that will come to the mind of every citizen who meets with disability in Izmir and will make them feel safe. Levent Köstem said, “The aim is to reduce the loneliness and difficulties of disabled people and their families. Because parents who have to make decisions for their children and often cannot have a say in the decisions taken, unfortunately, are alone from the moment they meet with disability. A family with a disability is running out of time, energy and financial resources, and after a while the needs of other members of the family may become unmet. Their lifestyles change radically, they give up their dreams and plans for the future. Social life is disrupted because time, money, and energy to spare for them are reduced. Parents of children with disabilities have to cope with a number of additional challenges to secure their children's right to education. In some cases, conflict with schools and other service providers becomes a source of great strain for them. In all this confusion, we observe that support systems designed for families are inadequate and not well run. “Unfortunately, families have no say anywhere in the services and applications offered to them,” he said.
What will be done at the center?
Organizing education programs and workshops specially designed for the family in the Parent Education and Information Center, conducting vocational training and employment studies with job coaching for children and young people with disabilities, holding Individualized Education Program (BEP) meetings, online learning activities and programs, video modules, web conducting mobile service activities that include activities such as preparing seminars, helping in accessing resources and preparing printed publications, electronic bulletins, encouraging change in society with various projects and activities, consulting family members at home and classroom teachers at schools, following adaptation efforts to increase student success. is planned.
Günceleme: 17/04/2021 11:30