Human rights, Social inclusion


Empowering people with intellectual disability and help them become active members of society


Who is behind this?

Ajda Krstulović




Idea pitch

Our goal is to empower those with intellectual disability and teach them self advocacy skills so they can become active citizens and members of the society.
We want to empower and serve their families as well, while also train volunteers who can help those affected by disabilities and be a part of our project.

Where will your project idea take place?

Ljubljana, Slovenia

What is the specific societal challenge faced by this region?

With this project we are stepping forward from charity based approach to more empowering approach where active citizenships is for all- including people with intellectual disabilities.
While teaching them self advocacy skills and empowering to use them, they can become active members of society and the ones who have the voice about their lives.

Who are you doing it for?

Key target groups are:
- people (kids and adults) with intellectual disabilities : they often need help with learning to self advocate and use their voices to voice their needs and wishes, as well as standing up for themselves
- their families: they feel the burden from caring for their kids/siblings and nned extra time for themselves, extra recourses and help with want to offer
- volunteers: we want to train volunteers so they can be the ones helping the families and provide needed support for those with disabilities

How do you plan to get there?

1. Find the volunteers and train them:
- teaching them ways to interact with people with intellectual disability and care for their potential physical and emotional needs
- teaching them how to prepare concrete activities
- talking about their hopes and fears connected to participating in our project

2. Find the place and times to start meeting in person
- find accessible place and rent it out
- schedule different times for different age groups to meet

3a. Find the families and invite them to join our project
- making website with all the information and facebook page
- tell local NGOs and schools- send them online invitations and also some printed ones that they can share with people included in their programs
-make invitations easy to read, so people with intellectual disability can partake in reading and deciding if this is something they want to join themselves
- ask them what their wishes, hopes and needs that we can meet are

3b. Plan first four meetings with volunteers
- decide who's doing what
- choose activities
(all of that based on who actually joins the project and what their needs are)

4. Start with the first meeting and evaluate with the volunteers
- based on evaluation- plan next meetings

What are the expected results?

At the end of the project we want to see:

1. Change in the participants- kids and/or adult with intellectual disabilities
- increased self confidence, skills to actively participate in the society
- having lots of fun :)
- feeling valued and cared for

2. Change in their parents
- having more time to relax and care for THEIR own needs
- increased confidence in their parenting and concrete skills and resources for how to navigate daily lives with their kids

3. Change in volunteers
- positive experience and interaction with people with disability and through that changing their view of them (from "poor" charity projects to capable and valuable individuals)

4. Change in society
- greater visibility and social cohesion

How does your idea strengthen active citizenship at a local and community level?

Since our goal is to teach self advocacy skills to people with intellectual disability, this directly affects them becoming more active citizens.
We want to focus on them learning to acknowledge their needs and wants, to voice them and stand up for themselves, to learn what their rights and duties as active members of society are. All of this will highly improve their inclusion and participation in society.

Why is this idea important to you?

I am Ajda, young special ed teacher. I have experience working with kids and adults with intellectual disabilities, so I've seen what obstacles they are faced with in everyday life, as well as what some of their needs and wants are. During my college years I've led self advocacy groups for young adults with intellectual disabilities and I've seen the benefits of teaching those skills.

I also have a sibling with intellectual disability so ever since being little I've been a part of the "disability world" and seeing what it means to live life like that and how it impacts people around you. This experience and relationship inspires me to do more and to do better, so people with intellectual disabilities (including my brother) can live life to the fullest.

€ 35000,-

Total budget

€ 35000,-

Funding requested from Civic Europe

Major expenses

one full time employment for 24 months: 30.000 EUR
material and equipment: 3.000 EUR
promotion: 500 EUR
documentation: 500 EUR
extra: 1000 EUR

What do you need from the Civic Europe community?

Any advice, constructive critique, thoughts and ideas are welcomed :)



Idea created on April 24, 2021

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