LdV Mobility for Experts in Poland

Only a few months after its establishment, the Infinite Opportunities Association has already won its first project. The project "Social Service in the Disability Sector - Studying Polish Best Practices and Their Implementation in Bulgaria" aims at creating possibilities for specialization, exchange and study of best practices for experts working with young people with special educational needs through an internship in the spring of 2011 with the Polish association SPON. The project has been approved and funded within the Lifelong Learning programme of the European Commission, under sectoral programme Leonardo da Vinci, action Mobility of People on the Labour Market operated in Bulgaria by the Human Resources Development Centre.

The mobility itself would last two weeks and will be held in the spring of 2011 in the cities of Gdansk and Sopot, Poland. Within the project, five professionals from Bulgaria will be acquainted with Polish best practices when working with young people with special educational needs through the acquisition of practical experience in a relevant environment, namely - a day care center for children with special educational needs. By participating in this mobility the specialists will also be able to observe the operating model of community mobile services, as well as to examine the procedures, organization and effectiveness of such activities in a related nonprofit organization.

The host partner - SPON association – is a nonprofit organization established in 1991 in Poland, with about 1000 members, more than a half of them with disabilities. SPON is committed to long-term work in areas such as psychological and medical rehabilitation, therapeutic and counseling activities, and social integration of children with special educational needs.