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Youth worker perspective – Journalism for Everyone

„During the workshops on this project, I used a method called participant observation, which allowed me to draw preliminary conclusions for further analysis. I am a practitioner for many years, but also a theorist, so I look at the problem of integration or inclusion from two perspectives. In my area of ​​research interests, a special place is occupied by entities – people with intellectual disabilities. People with this disability are often in a much more difficult situation than people with a physical or sight disability. In the opinion of the public, the stereotype of „idiot” is still very common. This is due to my research from 2008, inter alia, from the lack of direct contact between non-disabled persons and the above-mentioned persons. Inclusion – integration with non-disabled people in the group is a step towards a higher level of inclusion. People with intellectual disabilities have a huge deficit in social contacts (I obtained data from many sources while working on the phenomenon of violence and creating the identity of people with intellectual disabilities).

Here, conditions were created for them to stay together and cooperate for a long time. It made them feel better, they could finally feel normal.

I also observed the able-bodied part of the group and saw a huge level of sensitivity and potential in these young people. An ordinary human emotion caused me when, after the group work, one of the young men appreciated the contribution made by two disabled participants from the group by name. Such attitudes give hope that it is possible to create a better world without barriers and without mental boundaries, and participation in Erasmus+ projects is the way to do so.

Renata Breszka

Współfinansowano ze środków programu Unii Europejskiej Erasmus+

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