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"La Rete" Cooperative: three months of living together for Nicola, Christian and Moreno

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"La Rete" Cooperative: three months of living together for Nicola, Christian and Moreno
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Assessment of the cohabitation project for three young people with cognitive disabilities initiated by the "La Rete" Cooperative with the support of Cattolica Foundation

Getting up every morning to go to work, preparing meals, shopping and doing laundry. But also choosing TV programs, inviting friends to dinner and organising the weekend. For Nicola, Christian and Moreno, young men with cognitive disabilities, the everyday schedule of a normal life began three months ago, in an apartment in Trento that the "La Rete" Cooperative provided for them. The cohabitation project launched thanks to the Cooperative, and that took off with the contribution of the Cattolica Foundation, aims to assist the three young people in a path of self-management and independence from their original families.

 

The cohabitation that started on 9 March is ongoing with everyday duties, with understandable issues arising owing to differences in character and an awareness that it is necessary to invest heart and energy to make the experience work. "The difficulties are there: like they got locked out of the house and had to call the police", says Mauro Tommasini, director of the "La Rete" Cooperative, "and not knowing what relationship to maintain with their family. Then the boys are different from each other: for example, two are great fans, but one of Milan and the other of Inter. For the sake of friendship, however, they overcome every obstacle, helping each other in their respective tasks and hugging each other warmly after returning from a weekend away".

This path of inclusion was made possible by the boys' families, who enthusiastically joined the project, but it was also fundamental to monitor the cohabitation which the Cooperative educators performed through personal contacts, periodic visits and feedback from parents and friends. Thus the first months of "real life" for Nicola, Christian and Moreno were characterised by ever-increasing harmony, improvement in external relations and a progressive integration in the neighbourhood." And this is only the beginning", concludes Tommasini "because there are another two other initiatives in the planning phase that will respond to the same needs for emancipation, though with different disabilities and new complexities. But it is a challenge that we are ready to address".

 

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