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People with disabilities also have the right to education and relaxation

10/09/2019
by Bieke Suykerbuyk
Idioma: EN
Document available also in: NL

DINAMO Winks

DINAMO is education and get-togethers for adults during the day and on Monday evening. In all this volunteers are at the forefront and that's very unusual and special. Voluntary teachers supervise courses, workshops and excursions, while other volunteers take care of the reception or coffee breaks. This produces a powerful, unique and warm dynamic.

Themes: Culinary - Fit & healthy - Art & creativity - People & society - Language & Literature - Trips outside

http://dinamo.warande.be

Because we believe that everyone should be able to participate, people with a mild mental disability are also welcome at the activities at DINAMO. People with disabilities like to belong, they want to do what everyone else does. Moreover, they learn a lot from the lessons we offer them and from the interaction with others. We also find this openness important for our regular audience. It makes people familiar with being different and removes prejudices. You can read here how we encourage participation as much as possible.

Allowing participants with a disability - we call them 'winkers' - to participate in DINAMO activities in 4 steps:

  1. No stress

DINAMO organizes more than 300 activities every year. Although all winkers are welcome in every activity, we present them a selection of just 60 activities. These activities are short and we provide an assistant for extra support. We bundle the selection in a separate brochure, the language is simple and we use beautiful and clear images.

Above: normal DINAMO brochure - below: Wink brochure

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  1. Extra support with Wink assistants

We provide an assistant for every wink activity. The teacher concentrates on the content and general dynamics in the group and the assistant is there for the needs of the winkers. That support can be very diverse; sometimes extra physical help is welcome when stringing beads, sometimes the assistant encourages the winker to relate to the group.

  1. Limited number of winkers per activity

We only allow 1/4th of winkers per selected activity. In doing so we noticed that with a proportional distribution of winkers and regular participants, the teacher is too focused on the winkers, and that ordinary participants drop out. This undermines the entire concept of inclusive participation. That is why we now work with quotas and a ratio of 1 in 4 winkers or less works. In a group of 16 participants there are a maximum of 4 participants with a disability.

  1. Wink fair

To make participation even more accessible, we organize a wink fair every year. We invite the winkers and their accompanying staff to cultural center Warande where we introduce them to our offer. We ask our volunteer teachers to show in a demo what they can expect when they register for a certain activity, they meet the colleague who receives them at the desk and get to know teachers and assistants. That way they really can feel at ease.

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DINAMO – de Warande

Bieke Suykerbuyk – coordinator DINAMO

bieke.suykerbuyk@warande.be  - [ T ] 32 (0)14 47 21 60 – 0473 70 65 77

Warandestraat 42, 2300 Turnhout, Belgium

http://dinamo.warande.be

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