Needs assessments and studies show that people with disabilities between the ages of 18-59 have a common need, namely to improve their standard of living and to work. Another priority is extending their social contacts and interaction with others. There also is a need for special technical devices and customized support in the broadest sense of the word. More than 25% of the children and adults with disabilities require assistance insofar as the general daily necessities of life are concerned, such as household work, cooking, shopping and personal care.
Many children and adults with disabilities have to deal with social exclusion, isolation and a lack of specific care. Notably mentally impaired people run an increased risk of abuse