The Research Institute on Social Welfare Policy (POLIBIENESTAR) is a research institute belonging to the Universitat de València (Spain). Well-known internationally, it is specialized in research, innovation and social technology. It offers technical advising and training in the social policy field.
For twenty years now, it has been doing both basic and applied research on the economic, social, political and technical sustainability aspects of welfare systems. It has also been advising both the Administration and private companies on the planning, design and implementation of social welfare policies and sustainability.
Polibienestar is made up of an interdisciplinary team led by Professor Jorge Garcés Ferrer and more than 100 researchers shape the team. They come from Universitat de València and 7 other Spanish and 2 international universities. Polibienestar cooperates with universities and centres from the European Union, the United States, South America, Africa and Canada as well.
Polibienestar is focused on several research areas such as health, vulnerable groups, smart cities, social and accessible tourism, social policy, governance and public administrations, and corporate economy.
The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki is the largest University in Greece. The Lab of Medical Physics, ISO 9001:2015 Certified in Software Design, Development & Production; Design & Implementation of Education/Training programmes, is a major research and development centre in assistive technologies, applied neurosciences, medical education, affective computing, semantic web, medical robotics and brain computer interfaces, radiodiagnosis and non-ionizing radiation.
The ASsistiveTechnOlogies and Silver Science Group within the Lab of Medical Physics has received major research and development focus in the field of Ambient Assisted Living and Biomedical Engineering or what is now called Active and Healthy Aging as well as technologies for Assisted Living for special target groups. The group focuses on exploring shifting paradigms in elderly healthcare as well as care for developmental disorders and the different innovations and breakthroughs brought about by information communication technologies (ICT), mobile technologies and web technologies in general.
APCB – Cerebral Palsy Association of Braga is an IPSS (social purpose registered charity) in Braga, Portugal. Its main aim is “taking preventive and training measures, social inclusion, involvement and individual and family support for persons with Cerebral Palsy and related neurological disorders, in all the geographical districts in Braga’s area”. Its social responses of Ambulatory Support and Occupational Activities Center are both certified by EQUASS (European Quality in Social Services) Assurance since February 2011, with its last renewal in October 2020.
It also has social response of Early Intervention, an Assistive Products Prescription Center and Horse Riding for Therapeutic Purposes. APCB provides Health care, with physiatry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, psychology and social work.
Cerebral Palsy Greece / Open Door
The Open Door Centre provides daily to 240 children, teen-agers and adults a wide range of services that people with cerebral palsy are entitled to, so that with full educational, therapeutic and support services, children with cerebral palsy can grow to adulthood, with equality of opportunity to flourish and develop as individuals and to use their experiences, skills, knowledge and talents to the fullest.
As pioneers in the field of cerebral palsy, CPG aims to overcome the social barriers caused by ignorance and prejudice, to support parents and families, to train staff, to enlighten the public and to encourage scientific research, particularly in the field of prevention.
CPG has received a series of awards over the years “for outstanding service in the field of disability”. CPG is the Organizational Member for Greece of the International Cerebral Palsy Society, member of the European Association of Service Providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD) and member of the “Together for Children” Association.
Spominčica – Alzheimer Slovenia is a non-governmental organization with a status of humanitarian organization, aimed at providing help and support to persons with dementia and their careers, raising awareness and de-stigmatization of dementia.
Through our activities we focus on meeting the growing needs in this field in our society, especially among those living with dementia at home and needs of their families. “Living with dementia in dementia-friendly environment”, our program main activities, are aimed at providing support, information and education for carers and family members of persons with dementia. Throughout Slovenia more than 6000 participants, mainly persons with dementia, their carers and professionals in the field, are involved in our activities – Alzheimer Cafes, training programmes and workshops using traditional methods and ICT tools. With trained volunteers we are providing companionship to persons with dementia at living home.
Spominčica is also organizing interdisciplinary conferences on dementia, round tables, public events (like Memory walk), trainings for family members, carers and volunteers. Dementia Friendly Points, national network of organizations (more than 200 organizations including ministries, public services, Police, pharmacies, community health centres, schools, shops, banks, …) with trained employees who can provide help and information about dementia in local communities.
SONČEK – the Cerebral Palsy Association of Slovenia is a nonprofit, nongovernmental and non-political organization for people with disabilities and their parents. It was established in 1983. The organization incorporates fifteen regional societies for cerebral palsy, the Society for prematurely born children, the Sport Society for cerebral palsy »Žarek« and »Sončkov klub«.
The societies unite over 4.000 children, youth and adults with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, as well as their relatives, professionals and volunteers. As a national organization, Sonček presents the associations common standpoints. It also coordinates negotiations concerning maters of common interest with other organizations of disabled people in the national umbrella organization. Sonček is a member of the International Cerebral Palsy Society and the European Association of Service providers for People with Disabilities
Sonček advocates conditions that will ensure equal opportunities for all residents of Slovenia, regardless of their physical or intellectual abilities, for a life of their own vision in accordance with all other inhabitants. Sonček strives to create a cultural environment that will accept the differences in physical and intellectual abilities without prejudice.
- Create public opinion and culture that will be tolerant towards differences
- Create a legal environment and a system of help that will ensure social inclusion and a decent life for people with reduced mental or physical abilities.
- Giving people with reduced capabilities the opportunity that they themselves or through agents of their own choosing represent their interests
- Organization services that will enable social inclusion
- The systematic increase of free funds
- Establish greater links between the regional societies involved in the Association Sonček
- Promotion of the values and quality standards of the Association Sonček in the countries of South East Europe and European associations
Sonček currently employs 214 people full time. Organises shelteredworkshops for 186 people with disabilities. Organises personal assistance for 55 users at their homes and cares for 51 users in group homes all around the country.
AVAPACE is a non-profit and public utility entity. It is made up of people with cerebral palsy and their families, professionals and volunteers.
AVAPACE was formed in 1972 and, since then, we have dedicated ourselves to improving the quality of life of people with cerebral palsy, promoting their personal development and capacity for self-determination, and fighting for their fundamental rights.
Our Mission: To accompany Cerebral Palsy people in Valencia province, and their families in their environments, through all their life stages, promoting opportunities that guarantee the development of their Quality of Life, according to their own interests and needs of each person as citizen with full rights.
Our Vision: Caring and delicate treatment to all the people, active role of the people and their families, excellence in the answers to the needs of each person, to become a guide or model as social organization, ability to create and innovate.
Our Values: Focus on the person, from the warmness and the perspective of service. Understanding, Transparency, Respect to diversity, Solidarity, Optimism, Commitment, Flexibility.