Unlocking Freedom Results


Unlocking Freedom is a previous project that lead to the construction of ILLICO. It ran from 2015 to 2018. Please find all information about it here, where the project comes from, its partners, and the results.


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A research report about professional and user’s representations of disability and Deinstutionalization in Centre de la Gabrielle

By UPEC. Click here for UPEC Research report about professional and user’s representations of disability and Deinstutionalisation in Centre de la Gabrielle


Policy DocPolicy Document on Deinstitutionalisation and Adult Education

Coordinated by ICSS Bulgaria with the participation of all partners, the purpose of this policy document is to gather the learning from all of the project activities and to identify the policy gaps within the framework of deinstitutionalisation and adult education in the partner countries – Ireland, Finland, France and Bulgaria – in order to assist with data and recommendations all stakeholders involved in the process. The policy document is based on the project partners’ activities, reflection and efforts to “close the institution in our mind”!

Click here for our Policy Document on Deinstitutionalisation and Adult Education


 Overview of a continuous professional development programme, developed for adult education staff.

Our Irish Partner, Maynooth University have developed a Curriculum on supporting successful transition of people with intellectual disabilities into the community. This curriculum may be used by educators to be more inclusive in their delivery of training in mainstream adult education centers and community facilities.  This work and the staff directly involved has been presented at our Final Conference upcoming on Monday 25 June 2018

A brief introduction to the Curriculum is available to download in word / pdf:

Unlocking Freedom Maynooth University CPD Introduction

Unlocking Freedom Maynooth University CPD Introduction

The complete CPD Programme is available to download here:

Unlocking Freedom – CPD programme – Maynooth University


KVPS Instructors ManualInstructor’s Manual

Our Finnish Partner, Service Foundation for People with an Intellectual Disability (KVPS) have published an Instructors Manual – for those delivering training / support to people with disabilities transitioning from institutional to community-based independent living now available online here ‘Instructors Manual – Moving Course’. This document has been designed with specific deference to and articulation of the issues of primary concern raised by people with disabilities themselves and their family members who participated in the project. KVPS are a recognised leader in the field, and this report is valuable to be considered in follow up to their previously published document ‘This is how I manage’.


Methods and Practices for Nutritional Support

CLG has developed this document as a nutritional support methodology and practice based on therapeutic education. Click here to read further on its development and the document itself, written by Dr. Yan Manh and many of his colleagues.


skillsIndependent Living Manual

A learner-centred training manual to enhance basic independent living skills of people with intellectual disabilities transitioning to community living according to their needs and interests.  This manual was divided between Bulgaria and Ireland to train people with disabilities in transition / living in the community to support their independent living skills and to provide training for people with disabilities to deliver training to 10 learners (4 in Bulgaria and 6 in Ireland).

Click here for the Independent Living Manual .


Training Needs and Methodology for assessment of the needs for independent life training of people with disabilities

This comprehensive piece of work laid the foundation for the development of the Independent Living Manual . It was Translated from Bulgarian to English tested with 25 learners (13 in Bulgaria and 12 in Ireland). The methodology was made in result of a broad desk-study of current methodologies for assessing the needs of support in the transitional period towards independent life of people with disabilities.  The leading role of the methodology preparation was the role of the Institute for community-based social services Foundation (ICSS), with the participation of project partners including  Stewarts Care, Centre de la Gabrielle (CLG) and the Service Foundation for People with an Intellectual Disability (KVPS).

Click here for the complete package of Training Needs Assessment and Methodology for assessment of the needs for independent life training of people with disabilities


This is how i manageThis is how I manage

Developed in Finland by project partners The Service Foundation for People with an Intellectual Disability (KVPS) “This is how I manage” is a person-centred tool of describing support needs. The document is a ground-breaking tool which helps you identify and assess your need for help and support.

Click here for ‘This is how I manage’ tool. 

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