The Carmen Pardo-Valcarce Foundation’s Cooperation Department was set up in 2001 and it is currently working to encourage the integration of individuals with intellectual disabilities in society and the job market in Latin America.
The Cooperation Department carries out projects funded by the Community of Madrid and the European Union for on-going work in Central America: with El Salvador and Guatemala, as well as in Madrid (in Education for Development and Solidarity)—always with the objective of defending the rights of people with intellectual disabilities and help them find out about the mechanisms needed to enjoy their rights.
The lines of work of our projects are as follows:
- Training teachers and professionals who work in organizations providing care for people with intellectual disabilities.
- Training educational counsellors and inspectors of the Ministry of Education Schools, who are responsible for supporting and supervising schools but lack working knowledge in the area of special educational needs.
- Awareness-raising in the corporate sector to promote the access of people with intellectual disabilities into the job market.
- Training at central offices of the Procurator for the Defence of Human Rights in the area of intellectual disability and how to put the International Convention on the rights of people with disabilities into practice.
- Strengthening networks of organizations providing care for people with intellectual disabilities.
- Enhancing the training, orientation, and counselling for relatives of people with intellectual disabilities.
- Training groups of young people with intellectual disabilities so that they know their rights and the mechanisms required to defend them and so that they can teach others about their rights.