Handicap International's work in Europe seeks to integrate handicapped children into the social fabric. To bring about this integration HI facilitates their acceptance into non-specialized structures already in place, such as schools, leisure and vacation, training, and modern communication, and by encouraging an active role of their families.
Treatment, Prevention, Integration
Handicap International describes its three-pronged approach as "multi-disciplinary programs designed to improve the living conditions of individuals faced with handicap or vulnerability." Real solutions will happen when the communities of the Third World derive technical support from local opportunities and then put those into practice in close cooperation with the handicapped community. Also needed is firm support for preventative measures that work according to the shape of the local economic and social conditions.
More specifically described, HI's three priorities are the reinforcement of
local capabilities, support for development and integration initiatives, and
the prevention of handicap-inflicting conditions. Overseas work for HI integrates
all of these principals and has specifically tackled the following:
· Intensive training of local technicians, from the handicapped population if possible, and the insertion of those technicians and their services into the community
· Close cooperation with local therapists, associations and authorities to facilitate the social and economic reinsertion of the handicapped and other vulnerable persons
· Reinforced solidarity and social cohesion in regards to health, agriculture, infrastructure and education
· Implementation of prevention programs and social assistance
Handicap International is one of the six founding NGOs of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which was the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997. As such a member, HI acts on its specific commitment to against anti-personnel mines. The Mines Coordination Unit organizes programs of Mine Risk Education for those communities and countries wrought with mines. They have also started demining programs, which include training and supervision for local deminers.