Peer support - no matter in what kind of form - is one of the key principles of independent living; © vadimone/ panthermedia.net
The European Network on Independent Living (ENIL) and Centre for Independent Living Sofia (CIL Sofia) publish a training manual on peer support for independent living.
Peer support is one of the key principles of Independent Living and the aim of peer support within the Independent Living movement is as follows:
• To use peer support as the foremost educational tool for sharing information, experiences and insights, in order to make disabled people conscious of the audio, visual and cultural, psychological, social, economic and political oppression and discrimination that they are exposed to.
• To make disabled persons aware of their right to be fully included and participate in the society.
• To empower disabled persons by assisting them to acquire the skills to manage their social and physical environment, with the goal of full equality and participation in their families and society.
The training manual brings together materials developed for the Peer Support Training held on 21st June 2014 in Sofia, Bulgaria. These can be used by other Disabled Persons’ Organisations at the local, national or European level, when organising similar events on Peer Support and Independent Living. Materials in this publication should be adapted based on the objective of the training event, its length and the target audience.
This training manual comprises of two sections: Part A outlines the theory behind Independent Living and Peer Support. Section one describes the term ‘Independent Living’ and how the right to Independent Living is recognised in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It also explains the objectives, principles and origin of the Independent Living Movement along with the establishment of the European Network on Independent Living.
Section two illustrates what Peer Support is and what role it can play in Deinstitutionalisation, along with its benefits, functions and necessary ingredients. This section also describes a case study of Peer Support and includes two personal accounts of Peer Support.
Part B, on the other hand, highlights the session outlines, practical training and personal reflections from the actual Peer Support Training event held on 21st June 2014 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
REHACARE.de; Source: European Network on Independent Living