Fondazzjoni Wens is committed to enhance the quality of life of disabled persons through innovative personalised support, expertise, and advocacy, it secures that disabled persons can execute their right to fully participate in community life. The aim of Dar il-Wens is to serve as a respite and support, and ensure that these persons are trained in independent living skills. In other words the development of the individual and of the quality of life enjoyed by that individual is the outstanding characteristic of this service. Dar il-Wens, helps its clients to establish links with other individuals, and aids them to benefit from other resources that already exist in the community.
First of all a comprehensive assessment is a right to these persons,
because this helps to identify the special needs of the individual. Once
the special needs are identified, it won't be enough if one understands
and accepts them only. One would, in addition, have to see if there are
any services which may be offered to the disabled person so as to help
him satisfy his special needs and develop other potential. In this manner,
the individual's potential may be identified, fulfilled and even enhanced.
These assessments are to be carried out at an early stage and should be
continued at least on a yearly basis. At Dar il-Wens, these assessments
are carried out by a multidisciplinary team, which includes the individual,
his/her relatives and a pool of professional staff who are involved in
the daily life of the individual. Thanks to this, an individualised programme
is formulated and revised on a regular basis. It is of major importance
that these persons are involved at all levels and in all stages of the
preparation and the planning of this programme. They have to be involved
even in every activity organized when they are making use of the residential
service. Fondazzjoni Wens aims to help persons with a disability to continue
developing their potential through different types of activities while
at the same time supporting their families so that such persons can continue
living within the community without being socially isolated, thus empowering
them to live independently.
Persons with disabilities are able to contribute a lot to the society, but to prove this, we have to make it a point to include them in our activities and give them their desired space to participate in the society like everyone else. Unfortunately not everyone gives them this chance. Most often, ignorance and negative attitudes are among the greatest obstacles that people with disabilities have to contend with. Fortunately certain awareness, which is the most important contributor to help reduce such negative attitudes, has lately increased thanks to the development in communication media, increased literacy skill and even the inclusion of children with disabilities in inclusive education programs. Even empowerment and advocacy of disabled activists has contributed to this increase in level of awareness. To help disabled persons integrate more into the society, we have to stop seeing these persons, as being faulty, and as if have something less than us, in other words we have to stop labelling them. Moreover we have to identify barriers and find solutions to certain difficult situations which are often encountered by these persons. In the past it was thought that the person with disability had to change himself, and even seen as a barrier, but we have to look at this from a different perspective. Very often the society is the main barrier to these disabled persons, and we have to realize that we need to change the society and not these persons.
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