Equal Treatment

The Project

Equal Treatment is an ERASMUS+ funded project with the aim to improve the access of people with intellectual disabilities to secondary and tertiary health care through inclusive European policies in healthcare services; training of healthcare staff on interacting with patients with intellectual disabilities and; stronger collaboration between healthcare staff and professional supporters.

The Context

Despite many EU policy recommendations on People with Disabilities health and their rights to access health care services, approximately, people with a learning disability die, on average, 16 years younger than the general population, and are over 4 times more likely to die from causes that were amenable to good quality healthcare. For this reason, this project will focus on one main objective:

SUPPORTED RIGHTS AND ACCESS OF PEOPLE WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITIES (PWID) TO SECONDARY AND TERTIARY HEALTHCARE SERVICES.

Results

  1. More effective policies on PWID inclusion in HealthCare services
  2. Lower barriers for PWID to access HealthCare services
  3. More effective training of HealthCare Staff to interact with PWID
  4. Stronger and better collaboration between HealthCare Staff and other professional supporters

Target Groups

  • Project Beneficiaries:
    • Doctors, Nurses, Administrative staff in secondary and tertiary HealthCare services (HealthCare Staff)
    • Educators, Psychologists, Social workers, etc. supporting PWID (Professional Supporters)
  • Final target group:
    • PWID

Deliverables

  • Study “PWID rights and access to HealthCare services in Europe”
  • EQUAL TREATMENT: self-learning e-modules for HealthCare staff
  • EQUAL TREATMENT FACILITATOR PATHWAY: self-learning e-module for Professional Supporters

Impact

  • Beneficiaries:
    • Healthcare Staff and Professional supporters
    • Enhanced quality of intervention and more inclusive environment in HealthCare services
    • Better knowledge of the rights of PWID
  • Universities:
    • Improved training offer and enhanced employability of their students
  • Final Target group:
    • Better Health, reinforced social inclusion, supported rights, better Quality of life of PWID
  • Transversal impact/impact on other stakeholders:
    • Better Quality of life of PWID families
    • Raised awareness on the topic of Rights, social inclusion, diversity management

Partners

The project is led by EPR together with six other organisations and universities including: EEA Margarita (Greece) Research Center of Biopolitics of Panteion University (RECEBI) (Greece), Kaunas College (Lithuania) Girona Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBGI) (Spain) Arnau d’Escala Campus Foundation (FCAE) (Spain) Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) (Findland)

Contacts

Panita Ball, Projects and Events Officer at EPR: pball@epr.eu Roberto Zanon, Senior Project and Policy Officer at EPR: rzanon@epr.eu