Community-based Rehabilitation Approaches for Family Caregivers and People Who Support Adults and Children with Disabilities

Funder: College of Education and Human Development, University of Minnesota

Provides training and support for parents and family members of adults/children with disabilities on Community-Based Rehabilitation methods in two regions in the west African country of Liberia and supports technical assistance and consultation after the training. The project benefits community social workers and volunteers from community civil society organizations who work with people with disabilities. Community-Based Rehabilitation emphasizes supporting people with disabilities in their own communities (making it well-suited for remote and rural indigenous communities), promotes social inclusion, and addresses barriers (medical, social, and cultural) that affect a person's ability to engage in daily activities that improve their personal quality of life. The project also benefits community social workers and volunteers from community civil society organizations who work with people with disabilities.

ICI's Macdonald Metzger and Zambian community partner Mikala Mukongolwa will conduct Community-Based Rehabilitation training, development, and support in December 2018. Mukongolwa has collaborated with ICI for years and worked on a similar Community-Based Rehabilitation implementation project in Zambia. The proposed work will expand Community-Based Rehabilitation to Liberia. Two MNLEND Fellows/students at ICI will support the project.

Areas of work: Direct support workforce, Employment, Families, Health and wellness, Long-term supports and services, Quality measurement, Self-advocacy, Social inclusion

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