Sinop Spastic Children Association is an Association established in 2008 to replace the Turkish Spastic Children Association Sinop Branch. Turkish Spastic Children Association decided to close all its branches suddenly and these branches established their own associations.
In the social context, 1 out of 10 people in Turkey has a disability, ranging from mild to severe, meaning that several million people in the country are often prevented from taking part fully in society and the economy because of environmental and attitudinal barriers. For people with disabilities the rate of poverty is 70% higher than the average partly due to limited access to employment.
Their work is directed in conjunction with the Strategic Plan prepared by the Ministry of Health in Turkey, Objective Oriented Strategy 3.2.1. (a) to improve healthcare services provided to disabled individuals, and (b) to improve the infrastructure, technology and education to ensure easier access of people with disabilities to healthcare services.Activities performed by SSCA and their members directly contribute to 3 out of 8 main areas of action identified by the EC in the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020: Employment, Education and Training and Social Protection.
Their activities are also aligned with the Strategic Plan of Ministry of Labour (2014-2018): ‘to increase awareness that current employment policies support people with disabilities through measures that ensure their vocational rehabilitation. It provides many activities for mentally and orthopedically disabled people. It has an education centre for disabled people, and there are more than 110 students in this centre. Their education is physical (physiotherapy) and psychological education, having seven trainers and eight care staff in this course.
The intention is to improve the training of care staff for people with disability, established due to the need for additional care staff in their own education centre.As an association, the SSCA seeks to create a better education system for carers. as the current education system is not enough for training well-qualified carers. To this end, they have developed a close relationship with public institutions, disability NGO’s, private rehabilitation centres, and the like.As the TSCD Sinop Branch, they have executed an education program under a project to train disabled care staff between 2006–2007, financed by EU funds.
The aim of the Project was training disabled care staff in Turkey. More than 200 students finished this course and most of them have since been employed as care staff for disabled people ever since. The project comprised both face-toface training and CD-based training. From this Leonardo partnership project, they learned more about different education methods, creating a better curriculum and sharing their knowledge and experience on it.
They serve not only the people in their education centre as they also organize social activities, summer camps, and projects specifically for people with disability in the rural areas of Sinop. They organise a range of activities for people with disabilities by using both national and EU funds. For example, they transferred Encaustic art training from Romania, organising several trainings in this form of art in 6 provinces around Turkey. Now they are carrying out a project advocating for disability rights and monitoring developments with IPA funds.