Twelve projects reach the finals of Your Project Counts 201904.06.2019
Last March the new edition of Your Project Counts was launched, a contest that aims to integrate people with disabilities into society through training. The competition awards up to €100 000 in funding for the development of one or more of the proposed projects, which are selected by the competition judges according to the established evaluation criteria.
This year, Fundación Repsol is collaborating with six leading organizations that work for the integral development of people with disabilities: Business Association for Disability (AEDIS), COCEMFE, FEAFES EMPLEO, the ASPACE Confederation, the State Confederation for the Deaf (CNSE), and the Spanish Confederation of Families of the Deaf (FIAPAS). These entities selected the 12 finalist projects from the 211 entries.
The successful projects are:
- At full sail: through the project "Wave" (office of universal accessibility and easy reading), young people with disabilities that live in Almeria and want to be recognised as active citizens and help transform their community join forces with recently retired professionals that want to dedicate their experience and talent to a social cause.
- AMÁS Social Foundation: The "AMÁS STAGE" project, located in Madrid, allows people with disabilities to take part in and receive training on stage arts.
- Association to Promote Work and Assistance: Through the project "Guadaíra: taste the solidarity", a group of people with intellectual disabilities receives training from sales agents on how to sell typical products from Alcalá de Guadaíra (Seville, Spain), with the aim of creating a network of local product providers.
- ADELA (Spanish Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Association): Based in Madrid, "Taking care of you" offers respite care, adequate training, support from volunteers, and adapted activities for people with ALS and their families, so that they can share a relaxing and fun moment.
- Galician Confederation of People with Disabilities (COGAMI): Based in Santiago de Compostela, this project involves a training course for the entity's professionals focused on making low-cost support materials for people with disabilities using 3D printing.
- Almerian Federation of Associations for the Disabled (FAAM): "Focus on your future" is a training project centred on cleaning and small repairs to contribute towards the integral development of unemployed people or those looking to improve their employment prospects with disabilities in Almeria.
- FEAFES Almeria, El Timón Mental Health: Professional training for people with mental health problems to become parking attendants, as well as a complementary course on basic English for working with the public and new technologies, in El Ejido, Adra, Dalías, Vícar, Roquetas de mar, and Almeria.
- Madrid Association of Friends and Family of Schizophrenics (AMAFE): The course named "The personal assistant, key to recuperating your own life" is held in Madrid and helps participants acquire the skills and knowledge they need to provide professional support as a personal assistant.
- ASPACE Rioja: The aim is to implement a digital alphabetization programme that helps people with disabilities to access the labour market in Logroño.
- Aspace Foundation for Employment, Navarra: "DENHOC" is a training course held in Navarra and the Basque Country. Through virtual classes, people with disabilities or young people with social difficulties can improve their digital skills as a tool to integrate into society and the labour market.
- Federation of the Deaf in Castile and León (FAPSCL): “Splish Splash, kitchen!” is a cooking assistant course for deaf people in Valladolid, which develops personal autonomy and improves employability.
- Catalan Association for the Promotion of Deaf People (ACAPPS): This is an audiovisual project in Barcelona called "Vida e Mais ca vida” (Life and More than Life), in which people with disabilities are involved in the production of a short film, with the aim of demonstrating that all spaces can be accessible.
Throughout the month of June a jury will meet to choose the winning project or projects.