From August 4 to September 30, 2014, a study was conducted to assess the quality of services provided by Mobile Team specialists. The overall objective of this study was to assess the impact of the Mobile Team social service on people with disabilities, families and communities, in order to develop recommendations for improving services. In this study, the changes that occurred in beneficiaries, families and community, as well as other social service providers, I and II level LPAs were analyzed.
A consultant sociologist with experience in the field, Mrs. Inga Sinchevici-Chistruga, lecturer, Department of Sociology, SUM, was subcontracted to organize and conduct the study.
The study showed that the services provided by Mobile Team specialists had caused radical changes in attitude and behavior of parents of persons with disabilities: change of life concepts, motivation of parents to be actively involved in child’s rehabilitation, socialization, education and care, overcoming stereotypes and mental blocks; change of care of the person with disabilities, improvement of relations with extended family, etc. Significant progress was also registered among service beneficiaries in various aspects: development of mobility, intellectual development, health improvement, improved relationships with children/colleagues, development of communication skills, behavior change, new knowledge, increase of happiness and satisfaction, overcoming anxiety, shame, development of self-care and self-service skills, etc. This progress is a direct result of actions taken by the Mobile Team staff, parents, and other professionals (teachers, doctors, social workers, etc.).