The Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Social Policy, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Lviv Rehabilitation Center “Dzherelo” launched an emergency response project for the needs of children with developmental difficulties or disabilities.
This is reported by the Ministry of Education and Science on its official sitereports Ukrinform.
“In particular, we are talking about internally displaced children and children whose condition has worsened as a result of hostilities on the territory of Ukraine. Within the framework of the project, families will be able to receive professional support for the child or the necessary advice, information about services and resources available in the community, consultations from specialized specialists, assistance with equipment in accordance with the needs of the child, which will be determined by specialists. If necessary, mobile teams of specialists will travel to remote areas.
It is noted that the project is being introduced in 7 regions of Ukraine where services can be provided and where many displaced families are concentrated, namely: Volyn, Zakarpattia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, Rivne, Ternopil and Chernivtsi. The project brings together the efforts of various specialists so that the child receives the necessary comprehensive assistance.
“The project specialists will develop and distribute important materials on the development of barrier-free and support for children with disabilities in communities, which will receive, train social workers and other community professionals in the practical aspects of helping children with developmental disabilities. Parents and caregivers will receive expert advice and psychological support during difficult times. Within the framework of the project, training is planned for huge specialists in working with children with developmental disabilities and their families, in particular those who were forced to leave their homes,” the ministry said.
The project was created within the framework of SPILNO, a program of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), whose goal is to join forces with the government, local authorities, the public sector and business partners to provide multi-sectoral assistance to families with children affected by war.