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Friday, September 24, 2010

What Diah has Shared: Trainers for Peer Support - Handicap International


1. Introduction

Handicap International is a non-governmental organization, specialized in the field of international solidarity. It was formed in 1982, with its headquarters in Lyon (France). Handicap International is working in over than 55 countries worldwide and a co-winner of 1997 Nobel Prize for Campaign against Land Mines. Handicap International is made up of a Federation and eight sections (nationalassociations) which work together on mobilizing resources, co-managing projects and promoting the movements' principles and activities. Handicap International is neither exclusively a development NGO nor exclusively an emergency relief NGO.

As non-governmental, non-religious, non-political and non-profit making, Handicap International works alongside people with disabilities, whatever the context, offering them assistance and supporting them in their efforts to become self-reliant. Handicap International has been working in Indonesia since 2005 to support health and social initiatives related to disability issue. In collaboration with the Ministry of Social Affairs of Republic of Indonesia, Handicap International Indonesia implements activities that will allow people with disabilities in Indonesia to have greater opportunities to exercise their rights to enhance their dignity.

Handicap International Indonesia formulated a strategy which stated that the specific objectives of the activities are to increase the capacity of institutions and services working in disability field, confirming to general public and decision makers are aware that disability is a human rights and development issue, and empowering people with disabilities and their organization to become active actors in their communities.

Currently, Handicap International is developing advocacy program on the rights of Persons with disabilities (PwDs) in Java and Eastern Indonesia. The activity focus on building disabled people's organization (DPO) capacity to mediate, facilitate, promote, and advocate their rights.

2. Disability Rights Project Presentation This Irish Aid funded project seeks to empower grassroots Disabled Peoples' Organizations (DPOs) with the knowledge, attitudes and practices to advocate for their economic, social and political rights at a local and national level. Its messaging will engage a wide audience from government officials, international agencies and semi-governmental entities, to civil society organizations that are not disability focused.

The activities implemented will become more directly focused on capacity building initiatives targeting local DPOs to engage in disability rights advocacy. In accordance with this objective of the project and result from project mid term evaluation, Handicap International with financial support from Irish Aid will provide capacity building activities with aim to develop DPO's and the members' capacity.

Disability Rights Project Specific Objective: Indonesian DPOs demonstrate the knowledge, attitudes and practices to advocate for the rights of People with Disabilities. DPOs will develop their ideas, technical capacity, and organizational capacity through advocacy practices.

3. Justification of the Activity

As one of the results of our assessment with DPOs, we found that the needs of support in psychological aspects are essential needs that miss to be addressed. In response for those needs, Handicap International Indonesia through this project puts counselling to parents with children with disability as one of selected approaches in grass root based advocacy. By providing and empower the parents, they could have enough capacity to provide appropriate accompaniment and services to their children. More over the well capacity parents will encourage and accompanied other parents with children with disability. The skills and knowledge will spread and will bring benefits to children and the community. This will be an advocacy in grass root level and benefit directly to children and family and community.

FK-KDPCA, an independent association of parents with children with impairment, are facing challenges in providing appropriate accompaniment to parents and counselling to their children. They lack of capacity and skill for these specific needs. Most of parents do not know how to take care to their children, to accommodate their special needs, particularly children with autisms and physical impairment. Hence, training on counselling is a response to the forum, in order to equip the members with specific knowledge and skills.

4. Objective of the activity

Provide DPOs' knowledges on counselling and how to empower parents of CwDs as well as to link the activitiy to advocacy of rights of person with disability"

Training Specific Objectives
- Provide parents with knowledge on disability issue
- Provide parents with knowledge and skill in accompaniment and counselling to children with disability
- Provide parents with capacity to accompany other parents to children with disability, particularly children with autism
- Provide parents' forum with capacity to promote the rights of children with disability to community and to government

5. Expected Outputs

- 15 participants (parents members of forum) receive information on disability and needs of children with disability
- 15 participants increase their knowledge and skill on accompaniment and counselling to children with disability
- 15 participants have capacity to understand their children capacity and needs
- 15 participants have capacity to distribute the knowledge and skill to other parents of the forum - 15 participants equipped with tools/modules to accompany children with disability and other stakeholders (parents, community)
- 15 participants have capacity to implement grass root based advocacy by promoting rights and needs of children with disability to community and government

In the end of the training, the facilitators/trainers should able to provide:
- A report of activity
- Counselling Module(s)
- Pre and Post evaluation package

6. Tools, methods, sessions or topics

6.1. Training Tools

The following training material will be put at disposition of the trainer(s) and trainees:
- Advokit developed by Handicap International Indonesia
- Disability Etiquette developed by Handicap International Indonesia
- Working paper on Inclusive Education

6.2. Training Methods

Facilitator will use participative and andragogy education approaches to participants. Below are principles of andragogy to be applied in the training:
- Adults need to know the reason for learning something (Need to Know)
- Experience (including error) provides the basis for learning activities (Foundation).
- Adults need to be responsible for their decisions on education; involvement in the planning and evaluation of their instruction (Self-concept).
- Adults are most interested in learning subjects having immediate relevance to their work and/or personal lives (Readiness).
- Adult learning is problem-centered rather than content-oriented (Orientation).
- Adults respond better to internal versus external motivators (Motivation). As a consequence, case studies, group discussion, role play and simulations are expected to use in delivering trainings topics. Films and other alternative media could also used as an alternative approaches in delivering training.

Facilitators/trainer will accompany and provide necessary mentoring for the participants in post training session as needed.

6.3. Training Sessions or Topics

Following topics should be covered by the trainer(s)
- Introduction on disability and autism
- Children with disability and children with autism (their capabilities, capacities, needs, challenges)
- Counselling to children and parents (introduction, tools, technique and methodology, resources)
- Parents to parents support (how to have confidence and ideas for what your child needs and wants, coping techniques, emotional support, etc)
- Becoming supportive parents to children with disability and special needs
- Building confidence and self esteem for parents

7. Practical Information
Venue: Training will be conducted in Kupang
Date: October 2010
Duration: maximum 5 days
Duration of mentoring/follow up after the training: 3 months Participants or
target group: 15 persons members of FKKDPCA (forum of parents with children with disability)

8. Profile, technical competencies & tasks of the service provider: Expected trainer/facilitator(s) have following capacity:
- Persons or institution that can provide professional training on the counseling
- Persons or institution capable in providing professional training on psychological approaches and methods.
- Ability to adapt techniques, trainings and tools to the needs of children with disability

Person with Disabilities' candidatures are strongly encouraged to apply

Deadline for the submission of the Technical & Financial Offer: 9 October 2010 to: and cc to: (please put in reference in Subject: Trainers for Counseling)

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