APAC I.A.P. (MEX-76)


Type: Youth, Disabled, Children - Country: Mexico

Brief description and main aims

APAC serves poor people with cerebral palsy, from birth to adulthood, by providing them with educational services and comprehensive rehabilitation.
 
Secondary objectives are:
  • Provide individualized education to our students looking to achieve their maximum development, in an environment that promotes self-esteem, and encourage socialization with peers.
  • Achieve maximum possible rehabilitation of our patients through early detection and design customized physical and psychological rehabilitation programs.
  • Provide special training and necessary tools so they can get a job and achieve self-sufficiency, independence, and social inclusion.
  • Create awareness of the needs of people with cerebral palsy through advice, training, and participation with human rights organizations.
Most of the families that attend to APAC are poor people. Students are divided into 3 educational centers according to their age and/or skills:
  1. Early Learning, Preschool & Elementary - This group is comprised of infants from 18 months to 3 years old of age, and who come with their parents 2 times per week.
  2. Middle and High School - a)Groups organized according to the Secretary of Public Education (SEP) criteria (by age). b)Groups organized according to the National Institute of Adult Education (INEA) criteria (by interests and cognitive abilities)
  3. Education and Social Integration Centre - Made up by young people that cannot or they do not want to continue with formal schooling. The project provides workshops and training

Main Activities

APAC I.A.P.  provides comprehensive rehabilitation (biological, psychological and social) for people with cerebral palsy, from childhood to adulthood.

In order to achieve the former, the project works as a center of rehabilitation, with different areas of service:

Educational services

  • Provide schooling from pre-school to high school to our beneficiaries.
  • Provide non-formal education for young people through different recreational workshops and training.
Rehabilitation services (physical therapy, occupational therapy, hydrotherapy, and communication):
  • The project has an early intervention service with high-risk babies. This is a preventive program where they teach the parents how to monitor their baby and encourage his/her development.
  • Provide individualized and customized attention to each one of their students.
  • Provide food to participants. The food is prepared and brought to the center by their parents. The project team supports students that, because of their level of disability, cannot feed themselves.
  • The Psychology Department provides family caregiving courses, talks on specific topics and group/individual therapy. We also provide individual therapy to students who request for it or the project detects that they require service.

Volunteer tasks

Th volunteer is expected to :
  • Support in the educational or rehabilitation area according to his/her studies.
  • Support students in activities that require a physical or academic effort.
  • Support students that cannot feed themselves
  • Support students in their therapies
Working hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 to 14:00 or 9:00 to 15:00

Volunteer requirements / Skills

The volunteer should demonstrate:
  • Responsibility and altruism
  • Interest in working with people with disabilities
  •  Ability to work in a team
  • Responsibility
  • Respect for Human Diversity
  • Punctuality 

Location

Mexico City.

Hosting Situation (Board and Lodging)

The volunteer will live with a host family. 

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