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Camelot Association of Young People with Impaired Mobility

Addres: 9021 Győr, 1 Amadé László u., Hungary - Phone/Fax: +36 (96) 523-590

E-mail: gyor.camelot@gmail.com
Tax Nr: 18980251-1-08
Bank Account Number: UniCredit Bank Hungary Zrt.: IBAN HU 4810918001-00000020-63520002

Activities
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We are organizing "Opportunity Classes" for elementary and high school students. In the lessons we familiarize the children with the daily routines of the disabled, the hardships and the positive aspects as well. The children also have the opportunity to try and take a closer look at our wheelchairs. It is a brand-new service in Győr, the schools have been very pleased, and they would like to take advantage of it. In our opinion, one should start off with broadening the minds of children and changing their attitudes positively. We do hope that they are going to become tolerant adults who will take the physically disabled naturally, and they will also make other people more tolerant.

Obstacle races for people using wheelchair
We are regularly asked to build and organize obstacle races for people in wheelchair within the framework of different programs (e.g. university open days, children's day, footraces, Everybody's Festival, Social May Day Celebrations). Those who are interested can try using the wheelchairs, can put themselves in the shoes of the disabled, as they need to solve different ability tasks which can help them feel the difficulties wheelchair users might come across day by day.

Living Library
Thanks to personal contacts ordinary people have the chance to see the world through somebody else's eyes for some seconds. They have many questions, stereotypes and prejudices, and there are few opportunities to make things clear. In the library the books are the physically disabled who can answer the questions and even the books can ask questions and can learn a lot.

Ferrymanship
Our association, supported by the Hungarian Maltese Charity Service, has launched a much-needed service. It involves special counselling provided by some physically disabled "ferrymen" after their having passed a special course. Through voluntary work, those in need are provided with psychological advice, life-coaching and can ask for help with social issues, too.

EVS projects
So far we have completed 3 EVS projects. One of our members has finished his 9-month-long EVS in Berlin in a Montessori nursery school. In the summer of 2005, another member of ours embarked on a different EVS project, and he spent 2 months in Ireland, where his task was to develop the homepage of the host organization. Both guys came home with a lot of positive experiences. Preferably, we tend to draw the attention of our members and other people with physical disabilities to the very opportunity, and are glad to inform them about our experiences. It is a unique opportunity because the disabled are given the same chances as the able-bodied youngsters, and they can test themselves in an unknown environment or in a community with a different native language for a shorter or longer period, and it all can result in their making new friends and acquiring some useful pieces of experience.
Since February 2008 we have been a host organization in addition to being a sending organization, and we hosted a German girl for 8 months.

Assessing the status of accessibility in Győr
Within the framework of the project we would like to assess to what extent the town of Győr is accessible, how difficult it is for the people with different disabilities (visual, hearing, mental, physical), for the elderly and for the people pushing prams to live in our town and use the most important public places, catering facilities and shops. The first step involves mapping the town from the disabled perspective. For the survey we asked the social worker and engineering undergraduates of Széchenyi István University for help. Our members and the visually impaired friends of ours were analyzing the practical aspect. We intend to make a database with the places mapped so far.

Action for accessible parking
Together with the House of Equal Opportunities of Győr, the local police force and neighborhood watch, we organized a raid, visited the parking places of every shopping centre and were checking whether the disabled parking places were actually taken by those in need. We could see that able-bodied people took the places many times illegally. That day car drivers could not get away with the offence, they all got fined by the police.

Providing information, counselling, training opportunities
Those who ask for it, we can continuously provide advice and information regarding career prospects and educational possibilities, and social financial support in case of therapeutic aids.
In order to extend our knowledge, we regularly take part in conferences and trainings on any topics that concern us.
Our association is pleased to welcome the undergraduates from colleges and universities who would like to develop practical skills at our place, and would like to get some help with writing their theses.

Action for accessible parking
Together with the House of Equal Opportunities of Győr, the local police force and neighborhood watch, we organized a raid, visited the parking places of every shopping centre and were checking whether the disabled parking places were actually taken by those in need. We could see that able-bodied people took the places many times illegally. That day car drivers could not get away with the offence, they all got fined by the police.

Camelot Cup
The program, which is a sort of a tradition at our association by now, is basically an ability race for physically disabled drivers. We advertise the race with several categories, depending on how the driver can drive the car (either manually or with one foot). Some of the participants come from other parts of the country, and they also look forward to meeting us at the race. Since 2009 the ability race has been salted with orienteering, where the drivers, using our navigator and the itiners, have to get to the shooting range in Écs through Pannonhalma.

Outdoor activities
Week by week we organize club activities for our members. The activities are instrumental in providing the physically disabled with an opportunity for going out. For some of them those occasions are the only chance to be in company. We also take part in cultural (cinema, theatre, concerts) and sport programs on regular basis, and organize longer journeys, short trips, outdoor programs (e.g. barbecue, cooking kettle goulash), and we celebrate certain holidays (Women's Day, Santa Claus, New Year's Eve, etc.) together with our members, volunteers and friends.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

 

Translated by Annamaria Móricz

Camelot Association of Young People with Impaired Mobility