Duration: 12 months: 29th July 2014 – 28th July 2015
Location: The project has a National scope and will take place in 10 regions, involving 4 National Parks.
CAMPANIA: Naples; EMILIA ROMAGNA: Parma; LAZIO: Rome; LIGURIA: Savona; PIDMONT: Ivrea; SARDINIA: Sassari; SICILY: Nebrodi; TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE: Trento; TUSCANY: Pistoia; VENETO: Belluno.
Applicant/Coordinator: UISP - Italian sport for all association
Partners: National and Regional Parks
Funding body: Ministry of Labour and Social Policies under the law 383/2000 - F/2013
The project is addressed to about 150 girls and boys aged from 16 to 30 years, able and disabled, coming from schools and sports clubs.
The basis of the conceptual idea is the belief that even for people with disabilities (physical, intellectual, sensory or mental distress) should be stated the principle that commitment, tenacity, perseverance, individual skills, are indispensable elements for the affirmation of one's own subjectivity and autonomy. The idea is to promote social inclusion of people with disability and integration with non-disabled peers through an approach focused on sports activities on the snow (experimental laboratories) and to develop empowerment of participants, attitudes of intervention in team building, to work in a logic of co-organization and acquisition of skills and roles.
In this sense, the activities in the natural environment for the characteristic to take place on a varied field of action, unpredictable and often treacherous, strongly influenced by the seasons and the weather conditions, constitute a valid field where diversity between able and disabled people in some cases resets and in any case does not represent a favourable condition for the first one.
The project envisagess the start-up of 10 experimental laboratories, one for each city, throughout the national territory, for the promotion of winter sports (alpine skiing, skiing, hiking with or without snowshoes, dog sledding, etc.) between mixed groups of people with and without disabilities, who are at the same time actors and beneficiaries of the intervention; disabled persons have been actively involved in all phases of the project: from knowledge of the mountains to sports activities on the snow and to the co-organization of the local final event. Each group/laboratory developed an experience based on the presence of theoretical moments (phase of training/education) and of spaces of practical experimentation on the snow (phase “en plein air”), whose effectiveness has been facilitated by a local coordinator and by UISP operators and experts.
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