During 23-26 June 2015, Praxis Europe hosted partners from Romania and Turkey on a study visit to Birmingham. The purpose behind the study visit was to see in practice how the UK supports people with disability.
During the Study visit, disability support teams from partner countries examined the UKs legal framework of supporting people with disabilities. At the same time discussions around health care, employment, family, education and economic support was discussed. It provided a great opportunity for participants to discuss common issues and the solutions that partners had employed to supported people with disabilities.
The visit included both presentations and a number of site visits to local colleges, where they saw the educational supported provided by local colleges. Its showed the importance of ensuring people with disabilities to develop their skills and qualifications in order to access meaningful jobs though their careers rather than be dependent on the welfare state.
Visits were also made to local hospitals were discussions around medical support, diagnosis, on-going care and rehabilitation were discussed. It showed the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities are at the heart of the decision making process and that their opinions and needs should shape the way the receive the appropriate levels of support.
The study visit provided a great opportunity to:
*Sharing of knowledge
*Discussion on how disability issues are addressed and common problems
*Solutions and how they have been implemented
*Understanding of the continuing issues faced by people with disabilities
*Levels of resources
It was also good that partners saw this study visit as an ongoing activity with further collaborative working ideas discussed and developed, these ideas will lead to tangible projects with tangible project outputs that can be of real benefit to people with disabilities, families of people with disabilities, disabled NGOs, educational and employment institutions and well as policy and decision makers.