THE FIRST AGENCY that enables social inclusion

We are the first agency in Croatia which promotes work with people with developmental disabilities by including them into programmes and activities. The agency aims at enabling social inclusion of people with disabilities by involving them into work with agency models. In that way they are developing their creativity through fashion and fun, drawing and other creative and handiwork activities. They are doing fashion creations and learning how to walk like a runway model. Such conscientious activity is primarily intended to raise general awareness and bring a better understanding of persons with developmental disabilities and their needs as well as to enable their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. It is important to note that the main intention is not to teach persons with developmental disabilities to adorn themselves and dress luxuriantly; the main intention is to learn the basic principles of personal hygiene and to acquire the sense of individual freedom of choice instead.

Back in 2006 was the first occasion in which this idea of introducing people with developmental disabilities into the world of fashion took place. Tijara has been connecting models with students of the Pula School for Children with Developmental Disabilities, Pula Children’s Home, Centre for Social Inclusion and Community Support, the Rehabilitation Centre and Society of Multiple Sclerosis of the Istrian County. All the aforementioned are institutions with vast experience in successful social inclusion of their wards and students.

Persons were given the opportunity to present and give voice to their qualities, their interests and ambitions according to the general fact that, no matter the differences, we are all equally eager to see our dreams come true.  This project is joined by people from public life for the project popularization.