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ASPAYM Castilla y León is an organisation that works with the aim of improving the living conditions of people with disabilities in general and spinal cord injury in particular. Currently, we have more than 2000 members throughout the community and more than 200 workers. To achieve the main objectives such as promoting the autonomy of people with disabilities or research and innovation to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities (among others), the entity works in the field of social services and has professionals in education and the social field.

To achieve all the objectives, ASPAYM CyL develops several Erasmus+ projects and programmes in the region: physiotherapy centre, research focused on brain disease, home treatment, development of support products for the home, residence and nursery, technical development services for accessible websites, IT consultancy and community manager and a company that seeks to provide other companies with its services. Likewise, people with disabilities present access barriers to full social inclusion (architectural barriers, digital accessibility, employment barriers…). These can be analysed and reflected in different areas of the person: physical condition, emotional well-being, interpersonal relationships, access to employment and educational and socio-cultural resources. Disability affects the following areas of life:

  • Educational area: the process of school inclusion of people with disabilities is relatively stagnant. Gradually the incorporation of students with disabilities into the mainstream education system is catching up, but nevertheless the measures have not fully incorporated young people with disabilities into the mainstream school system.
  • Employment: Young people with disabilities have some barriers to accessing the world of work: lack of opportunities, long-term health or illness, and lack of qualifications or experience.
  • Health: Many young people with disabilities have chronic illnesses, which leads to chronic health problems, whether physical or psychological.
  • Social and family relations: social relations and access to socio-cultural activities, leisure and free time are reduced, leading to feelings of boredom and poor personal development.

In this way, and following the main proposal of this project, which works to minimise the risks of social exclusion, we include in our target group young people, between 16 and 30 years old. This group includes people with and without disabilities. Regarding people with disabilities, there are different types: the most common and widespread disability is physical. Most of them need a wheelchair to be able to move around. Other types of disabilities that we can find in our group are intellectual disability and blindness.