Bringing neighbours closer
Welcome to the Interreg V-A Latvia–Lithuania Programme 2014–2020!About the programme
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Project Duration: 01.05.2017 - 30.04.2019
Project ERDF Financing: 412 569,48
Project call: 1st call
Project aim is to promote equal attitudes towards persons with disabilities and to improve social inclusion of persons with visual impairments.
Project aim was reached by strengthening cooperation, raising society awareness and improving competencies of specialists, improving social infrastructure and accessibility, efficiency and diversification of social services.
Adaptions according to Universal design principles for visually impaired disabled persons are essential and still an innovation in Latvia and Lithuania.
Social services and infrastructure in Latvia-Lithuania border regions was improved by adapting infrastructure, equipment and providing targeted events. Visually impaired and disabled persons were the main beneficiaries of the project. Adapted infrastructure and equipment is useful for service users, general public and tourists.
Project provides complex solution for improving quality of life for persons with visual impairments and disabilities, for reducing discrimination and ensuring better possibility to participate in economic, social, political and cultural life in border regions.
Learning together about needs of visually impaired persons and possible solutions, developing and providing similar services, strengthened cooperation of organisations in Programme territory.
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Adaptations of infrastructure:
Kretinga Day activities centre installed stretch paths for the visually impaired people in the movement, at the entrance, hung an acoustic beacon provided with programs managed, doors marked with stripes on the inside to stretch indicative trails that help to orientate the building marked doors, stairs, and handrails, tactile maps to build a building. Now the center is more accessible for persons with visual impairments as they can move around the center safer and can orientate without assistance inside the premises.
Klaipeda made adaptations in their institution: Klaipeda city social support center-adaptation of environment inside the building was arranged (stands, doors, windows, stairs), repaired and installed: client service room, which works by one window principle (one-stop principle), with furniture, WC adapted for disabled people near client service room and social skills development class with furniture (workplace table, shelf, table, chair) for social workers /employment/occupation specialists. Now social support center is more accessible for persons with disabilities, the environment is adapted according to UD principles.
Improved social services in Kretinga, Saldus, Liepaja, Klaipeda and Telsiai:
Ceramic and music classes, psychologist and lawyer counselling for disabled peoples and their family members for duration of 12 months.
Disabled with the help of social workers participated in the socioeducational camp in Klaipeda on 12. and 14.09.2018. 11. and 12.10.2018 Day activities centre carried out training of social workers in accordance with the approved training programme.
After major changes in the project, for the saved amount partner bought headphones, 2 computers processors with a keyboard and a specialized program and ceramics for continuing classes.
Organized awareness raising event on 02.12.2017. in Saldus.
Organized skill development classes for 20 children with visual impairments from 14.02.2018. (till the 30.04.2018. total 44 classes was organised).
Social service improving event organized – 52 lessons for children.
Social service improving events were organized, 44 lessons for adults with visual impairments with the aim to develop independent life skills and socialization skills.
Second event for raising public awareness was organized in Saldus on November 28,2019.
On November 13th 2017 public event of raising awareness was held in the city of Liepaja.
Social service improvement events (computer, crafts classes) took place, where participation took 58 persons in total with visual impairments and other disabilities.
Tactile information signs in social and public buildings has been placed in 10 buildings in Liepaja. 4 wooden-paths to the seaside has been located in four exits to the seaside in Liepaja for disabled persons.
Klaipeda and Telsiai:
Social development skills service provided 4 specialist and this service have got 476 persons, among them individual classes 106 persons and group classes 370 persons. Bought external social services: consultation for 60 persons (60 hours) and social development skills for 40 persons preparing 4 training programs, trainings for 320 participants.