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The Instituto JNG is a not for profit entity, authorized as an Organização Social de Interesse Público (OSCIP) (Public Interest Social Organization), headquartered in Rio de Janeiro. This initiative was started by the mothers of  João, Nicolas and Gabriella (JNG) –three Mentally Challenged children – who when  they age out of school had to face reality – little expectation for work and living alone – decided to seek out an innovative way to take on the issue of adult inclusion life, choosing the topic of independent living arrangements as a basis. The Institute was then created for the purpose of identifying, promoting, coordinating and executing social inclusion projects for people with intellectual handicaps (DI), focused on independent living with individualized support.

In Brazil, there is still no housing model for handicapped persons as in other more advanced countries.  Nevertheless, the Instituto JNG saw that it is also possible to build this important chapter for social inclusion. Therefore, the ONG has formalized a partnership with the Ability Housing Association, an association that promotes independent living in the United Kingdom, with many success cases. The British experience has shown that anyone can live alone. What varies is the amount of resources needed to support it. The objective is not to copy the existing module, since Brazilian reality is different, but rather a consultancy whereby Brazil has one on which to construct its own model.

Since then, the Instituto JNG has worked at building domestic and international networks and partnerships which enable the expansion of borders in the lives of mentally handicapped persons, creating new perspectives, especially in the area of social inclusion. The Instituto JNG is based on four relationship bases for dialogue: Public Policies, Architects and Urban Planners, Families and Health Professionals.

The Instituto JNG is presided over by the economist, Flávia Poppe, who holds a Masters degree in Social Planning (London School of Economics), and Doctorate in Public Administration (Universidad de Buenos Aires).



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