Introduction

 

Module 4 deals with the topic of “Insertion of patients with disabilities on the labour market”.

By the end of this module, health care professionals should be able to:

  • involve individuals, families and communities in their own health care and to develop their responsibility towards their health;
  • represent the needs of the patients they have in care and to raise awareness for their rights at different levels where decisions regarding health are taken;
  • cooperate as member in an multidisciplinary team but also with other governmental and non-governmental organisations for the health of the patients they have in care;
  • ensure quality of the care services they provide by respecting the medical standards and the quality of life of individuals, families and communities they are responsible for. 

The module has 3 chapters.

 

Chapter 1 - The rights of people with disabilities and their families

Summary: People with disabilities may face social, legal and practical barriers when claiming their rights as the others do, which is often due to misunderstanding and negative perception toward disability. For a better understanding of the situation of these people, it is necessary for the professionals to have knowledge on the fundamental human rights, as well as on the rights of people with disabilities.

The chapter also presents the European strategies in this area as well as organisations that deal with the rights of people with disabilities.

 

Chapter 2 - Information and counselling for people with disabilities and their families in narrative medicine

Summary: The attitude of the society can negatively affect the psychological and social development of people with disabilities, as well as their careers.

The chapter deals with the need of information and counselling of people with disabilities and their families in the larger context of their professionally development, from the perspective of narrative medicine.

 

Chapter 3 - Competent national and international institutions

Summary: The chapter gives an overview on the institutions that have a significant impact on the civic, political and social rights of people with disabilities. The last part of the chapter presents the principles of social economy.