General Info

AFID Diferença Foundation
Country: Portugal
Name of EPR Director: Rosa Domingos, President
Name of EPR Centre Coordinator: Mauro Fonseca,


Mission & Vision

AFID Diferença Foundation promotes the autonomy and social support of people with disabilities, including health, education and training. In line with the roots of the foundation, we also fight exclusion and we are committed to and guarantee excellence in service provision.
We promote and support quality and active life for people with disabilities and other target groups in an inclusive society.

Today we are also Fundação AFID Diferença, a Social Solidarity Foundation, created in 2005 by Associação AFID, recognised as a Legal Person of Public Utility N° 13/06, by dispatch of the Secretary of State of Social Security, in 2006. We serve a wide population with numerous Social Responses and Services, essentially covering the area of Disability (AFID REAB) and, crosssectionally, the greater needs in the social area, starting with Early Intervention, monitoring Children (AFID KIDS), youngsters at risk and culminating in the support to the elderly (AFID SENIOR).


Target group(s)

  • Children (approximately till 14 years old)
  • Youngsters (approximately between 14-25 years old)
  • Adults
  • Elderly people

People with intellectual disabilities from 16 years onwards, children with intellectual disabilities and special needs (0-6), elderly people, children – nurseries and kindergarten, people with rehabilitation needs, adult citizens without qualifications, community in general.


Areas of Expertise

  • Employment
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Social Care and Independent Living
  • Medical Rehabilitation
  • Mental Health and well-being
  • Assistive Technologies (AT) and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
  • Organisational performance
  • Quality of Life
  • Quality of service


Social and rehabilitation services

  • Education and Training services
  • Social care
  • Residential care
  • Medical Rehabilitation
  • Occupational activities
  • Social enterprises
  • Nursering

Currently the Rehabilitation and Social Centre of Zambujal (Headquarters of Fundação AFID Diferença) provides an integrated functional structure, constituted by a Residential Home, three CAO´s – Occupational Activity Centres that include four workshops: Painting, Paper, Manual Weaving and Ceramics where we highlight the artistic quality of the pieces developed and the promotion of traditional Portuguese techniques. In this field Fundação AFID Diferença has been developing an important work either from a therapeutic point of view (art as therapy), or from the artistic point of view.


Areas of excellence and innovative services

  • Intergenerational equipments (Nursing home – Geração)
  • Integrated programs for people with severe intellectual disability
  • To promote autonomy and social support, health, education and training, in a sustained way, fight exclusion, protect the clients and the heritage of the Foundation and ensure excellency in the provision of services.

Today, Fundação AFID Diferença looks after more than 1300 persons/year in the different existing Structures and Facilities described above, having created more than 150 jobs.

In 2013, we reached a new milestone in our history with the opening of our new social facility AFID GERAÇÃO: a long felt need that will become an area of affection and well-being with a capacity for 60 people, with over 65 years old, in a Residential structure, 50 in Home Support Service and 33 children in the creche; and increasing the number of jobs by about 25.

And we still continue to dream!



AFID Diferença Foundation
Quinta do Paraíso, Bairro do Zambujal
2720-502 Amadora