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  • Seoul to Provide Customized Support for the Severely Disabled

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    To support the independent living of severely disabled persons in 2019, Seoul plans to establish and enforce a comprehensive support plan for the severely disabled so that they would not experience discomfort in everyday life.

    The two new projects of the year focus on minimizing the absence of Dolbom project for the severely disabled. The project will offer a Dolbom activity service of 50 hours per month for the elderly disabled persons over the age of 65 and daytime activity services for socialization based on regional society for adults past the age of schooling with developmental disabilities.

    Furthermore, Seoul and the Ministry of Health and Welfare will provide support for 88 daytime activity services per month on average to 280 individuals annually so that adults with developmental disabilities who graduate from special education schools can learn in a local community during the day, find enjoyment, and develop into a citizen who is able to empathize with others.

    To expand the infrastructure for independent living of the disabled, Seoul will newly open four Centers for Independent Living (from the current number of 45 centers), through which the disabled personally form groups and which takes on the responsibility from the grassroots for independent living and increases support personnel.

    The second deinstitutionalization plan will also be actively promoted in addition to providing greater support for the deinstitutionalization of severely disabled persons who are transitioning from long periods of stay at housing facilities to life in the local community.

    Nine individuals found jobs through the internship program for the severely disabled that was in operation last year, and Seoul will select 27 interns this year (from 25) to offer customized training and employment opportunities.

    Emergency notification service support for the severely disabled was increased from 1,336 households last year to 1,503 households in 2019. As a new project of this year, ‘remote control door locks’ will be installed in 1,250 households to help the opening of doors for the severely disabled.