Portugal / Lisbon
Supporting people with disabilities in Portugal
  • Lisbon
  • Disability Care
  • 9 delegates
  • March 2022
From March 22 to 25, 2022, a delegation of managers from French facilities for people with disabilities traveled to Lisbon to learn about the organization of the Portuguese long-term care system, which has a similar historical structure to the French health system.
On the first day of the training, upon arrival in Lisbon, the delegation attended a presentation of the Portuguese long-term care system at the National Institute of Social Security.

On Wednesday, March 23, the delegation visited the Cerebral Palsy Rehabilitation Center, a facility dedicated entirely to people with cerebral palsy and related neuromotor disorders. The delegation then visited the Santa Casa de Misericordia de Lisboa (SCML), which is one of the leading providers of long-term care services in Portugal. The afternoon was mainly devoted to the presentation of the RADAR project, a community intervention and local development plan led by SCML. Based on a pioneering concept, it aims to identify the population aged 65 and over in the city of Lisbon and to identify their expectations, needs and capacities, detecting risk situations at an early stage.

The next day, the delegation visited the Lard as Pedralvas facility, one of the residences of the APPACDM (Association of Parents and Relatives of Disabled Citizens), an institution designed to house people with intellectual deficiencies and disabilities, aged 16 or older, who are temporarily or permanently unable to reside in their family environment.

At the end of the morning, the group visited the Quinta dos Inglesinhos vocational training center, which focuses on the needs of people with disabilities, especially in terms of socio-professional integration. On

Thursday afternoon, the participants visited the AFID Diferença Foundation, created 30 years ago by the National Association of Families for the Integration of People with Disabilities (AFID). It is part of a movement to support people with disabilities and their families. AFID Reab works in the field of disability and rehabilitation, including residential care, home care, vocational, educational, therapeutic, rehabilitation, training, artistic and inclusion activities.

This study tour was an excellent opportunity for participants to explore the development and implementation of new Portuguese trends in health care and disability support.

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