After our experience with school excursions on spring 2012 and their more than positive feedback in 2013 we decided to start a new program which would enable pupils to meet handicapped people while visiting our sheltered workshop. Our effort is to give them a sense of this type of organisation and, with our clients in role of assistants, help them to try out a basic book-binding technique whilst making their own exercise book. They can then bring their products home.
In today´s hectic and material times, our children have very few possibilities to encounter that part of our society we label as handicapped. The aim of our BREAKING BARRIERS Program is interconnecting the sheltered workplace with public and mediating such an encounter while providing a creative experience assisted by our clients. During an excursion in our workshop, children experience that handicapped people can create beautiful products, work independently and teach them something new.
We are removing bariers
In our society we often come across fear from meeting handicapped people, whatever the disability (physical, psychic or mental). Not everybody has a chance of meeting handicapped people and to get to know them better. This results in people rather avoiding a chance encounter with the handicapped. The reason roots in fear of the unknown and in not-negligible extent in lack of information and experience. Personal experience and facing the unknown breaks our barriers, dissolves our fears, connects us with others and often unexpectedly enriches us. Realization that even handicapped are people like us, hearty, with a sense of humour and need to feel useful at work, bring us together with a world without barriers.