9 youths successful in program for skills in independent living

Nine participants successfully finished from the Stepping Out Program 2017/2018 an educational service offered by Equal Partners Foundation and sponsored by Fundacion MAPFRE.

The program was targeted at youths between the ages of 14 and 20 with various types of intellectual disability. It aimed at instilling essential skills to enable them to function in higher education, in the workplace and eventually for independent or supported living.

Educators also focused on teaching participants about the use of money, street behavior, orientation in different contexts, the use of computers, social media and other topics which are essential for young teenagers. Beneficiaries also participated in a live-in, in which they spent 3 days away from their home, practicing independent living skills.

Throughout the program, regular supervision, discussion and collaboration between all parties concerned is carried out, to ensure that the adolescent does not work on the targeted goals during the program but event in his/her daily life. Equal Partners Foundation is a parent-run, non-profit foundation supporting families with children and adults with disabilities and/or learning difficulties.

The support program are highly individualized and delivered within the community, in the natural environment where the individual requires support, including in homes, schools, places of work and recreation and the community at large. Equal Partners seeks to support people with disabilities and learning difficulties toward a more independent and meaningful life within an inclusive society.

Over the past 10 years, beneficiaries of Fundacion MAPFRE’s programmes across the globe
reached 100 million.