The Zarja Institute is committed to helping those who have experienced brain injuries, as well as supporting their families. The Zarja Institute additionally performs preventative action in the broader social environment. Its goal is to achieve the highest possible level of independence for people who have experienced severe brain injuries, actively include them in a normal living environment and unburdening their families.
Our goal for the next three years will be to reach the highest possible level of independence for people who have experienced severe brain injuries and actively including them in traffic. Therefore, we commit to undertaking the following actions:
Educating our users (people who have suffered from brain injuries and are under the care of the Zarja Institute) on road safety. In the next three years we will educate our users who have suffered head injuries as well as staff who work with them to act more responsibly when involved in traffic. This action will approach all our 44 users of the Zarja Institute and 20 of its employees. The education will be adjusted to each user's needs and will consist of two parts: theoretical and practical. Both parts will be held in collaboration with road safety driving instructors and the police. The theoretical part will educate our users about basic rules on road safety and traffic signalling.
The practical part will consist of:
safe driving training on the track for users who are involved in traffic as drivers
making an analysis of potential risks on the way to the Zarja Institute and finding the safest way for each individual
in collaboration with the police we will organise practical skill tests for independent behaviour of our users-pedestrians.
in collaboration with the Institution for Vocational Rehabilitation of Disabled Children and Youths of the city of Kamnik we will organise educational workshops to enable our users to be safely included in traffic
users on wheels will also receive practical training on how to overcome hilly streets
safe driving training for users and the driver of a van they use on a daily basis.
Workshops for kindergartens and elementary schools. We will visit up to 5 kindergartens and 5 elementary schools per year where we will organise preventive workshops for children from 2 to 10 years. The workshop will be led by one of our users who suffered a head injury in a traffic accident. The main purpose of this action will be to educate children on the importance of road safety issues.
Continuing the project “Mladi Mladim” (Youth 2 Youth) There will be up to 10 high schools visiting our Institute per year. Students from each high school between 16 and 18 years old will organise an event or a workshop for our users. Also, our users, helped by staff members, will organise a lecture or a workshop on road safety, prevention, causes and consequences of head injuries.
Informing about lack of traffic signalling. In collaboration with the Municipality of Ljubljana, the local Jarse community and owners of properties we will try to improve traffic signalling and architectural barriers around residential units where our users live. We will perform internal research on problems our users are facing every day and present the results to authorities by mail and in the meetings we will be organising..