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Ahmet Besim Toker

Ahmet Besim Toker Helps Families with Members that Have Disabilities

On 27 December 2009 Sabancı Foundation's "Turkey's Changemakers" program hosts Ahmet Besim Toker, who founded the Narlıdere Foundation for the Protection and Support of the Persons With Mental Disabilities in 1999 and the Narlıdere Education and Rehabilitation Center for the Disabled in 2006. Toker is still actively working at the Foundation and the Rehabilitation Center and also as a psychological consultant for the Narlıdere Municipality in İzmir.

At the Narlidere Foundation for the Protection and Support, Ahmet Besim Toker and his friends develop projects from which persons with disabilities and their families can benefit from. These projects address special education and rehabilitation services, physiotherapy, and assistance in various areas such as health, law employment, and social services. Meanwhile, at the Narlıdere Education and Rehabilitation Center for the Disabled, persons with disabilities can benefit from financial, social, and legal assistance opportunities and social activities such as concerts, field trips, and panels. Ahmet Besim Toker developed a project where persons with disabilities received training on "how to apply for a job", "how to prepare a CV", "legal rights of persons with disabilities" and on "personal development". In this project, they established contact with employers interested in hiring persons with disabilities and matched them with potential employees. Candidates eligible for an interview were picked up from their homes and transported to their interviews.

Toker's latest project provides families of children with disabilities with a daycare center where they can leave their children. Children attending this center are provided with educational assistance and social activities.


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