Opening a Child Development Center for disabled children

Project ongoing since May 2014 | Number of beneficiaries: 2294 beneficiaries during the 3 years the project takes placeMongolie APDC

Place of intervention: Child Development Center, Ulan Bator

Local partner : Association of Parents with Disabled Children (APDC)

The issue

  • There is very few inclusive education in Mongolia, meaning that the majority of children suffering from a disability cannot socialize and receive an education like other children
  • The health care system does not address the needs of children with disability very well : many children are undiagnosed – or badly diagnosed, and the treatment they receive is medicinal for the most part, instead of including physiotherapy
  • Mongolia ratified the United Nations Convention on people with disabilities in 2008 agreeing to recognize, promote and guarantee the rights of the disabled however, they continue to have a very limited access to education, employment and medical services

The beneficiariesphotoshop family-day-2

This projects is intended for :

  • 100 children from 0 to 5 years old who will benefit from health care services in the center
  • 200 children from 5 to 18 years old who will benefit from health care services in the center
  • 100 teenagers and young adults from 15 to 20 years old who will benefit from the transition and assistance program for occupational integration
  • 156 youths take part to the cultural and sport outing
  • 30 youths take part in the summer
  • 720 parents benefit from training sessions to learn how to take care of their disabled child and his/her specific needs

The activities

  • A doctor, a social worker, a physiotherapist, a special education teacher and an orthoprothesist were hired
  • The center was equipped with rehabilitation tools and equipment
  • A mobile unit team including health care personnel is moving around the 12 mongolian provinces once a week to provide care to the patients who live far away from the center
  • Information to the parents during individual and collective meetings to teach them how to take care of their disabled children
  • Opening of a library
  • A counseling service was put in place to help disabled young adults to help them integrate the job market
  • Cultural and sport entertainment activities including art, music, sport, cooking as well as summer camps are set up