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PROJIMO timeline:


The ending of PROJIMO in Ajoya  (1997 ® 2002)


Book:  "Nothing about us without us."


Newsletter from the Sierra Madre #37 May

Accessible bus ramp constructed in Ajoya


Newsletter from the Sierra Madre #38 September

March 3-8 1998: training seminar for 'mediators' of Stichting Liliane Fonds (Ndl.)  with 60+ participants.


Newsletter from the Sierra Madre #39 December

Ajoya: PROJIMO Skills Training and Work Program.


"Brot fur die Welt" funding presentation

Construction starts at the new Coyotitan location








Nothing about us without us

Nothing About Us Without Us
  Nothing About Us Without Us:

Nada Sobre Nosotros Sin Nosotros

D. Werner
360 pages

This publication is available online:   Nothing About Us Without Us 

                                    en español: Nada Sobre Nosotros Sin Nosotros

From the introduction:

Logo of PROJIMO(shade)


Most of the innovations explored on these pages were created in PROJIMO: Program of Rehabilitation Organized by Disabled Youth of Western Mexico. This small community-oriented program is based in Ajoya, a village of 1000 inhabitants in the mountains of Western Mexico. .../...



How PROJIMO Differs from Many CBR Programs

PROJIMO - the program in Mexico run by disabled villagers where most of the innovations in this book come from - differs from many Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) programs in that:

bulletPROJIMO was started by, and is organized and run by disabled villagers.
bulletIt grew out of and is linked to a villager-run primary health care program.
bulletThe program includes a village-based rehabilitation center where disabled persons and family members can learn skills, take part in the creation of assistive equipment, and help and learn from each other.
bulletServices are provided, and assistive equipment is made by disabled persons who learn their skills mainly through apprenticeship, from one another and from volunteer rehabilitation professionals and skilled technicians. 
(These "experts" are asked to devote their short visits to teaching skills rather than providing services.)
bulletThe quality and thought that goes into this work has developed beyond what you find in many community programs - because the PROJIMO workers have had years of challenging interchange with exceptional leaders in different fields of disability. Indeed, aids and equipment designed for and with disabled individuals sometimes meet their specific needs more effectively than those provided by large urban rehabilitation centers, and at a much lower cost.

PROJIMO'S Need for Creative Problem Solving

Since its beginning, PROJIMO has been fairly innovative, not only technically but in its overall organization and structure. The disabled workers take pride in running their program on their own terms and in experimenting with participatory models of decision-making, management, and funding. In each of these areas they have had striking successes and failures. The program has evolved through a series of productive crises, the worst of which have threatened to destroy the program. But each crisis somehow forces the team to re-evaluate its methods and to experiment with alternative approaches, which at times prove to be major steps forward.



In recent years, 2 major initiatives have evolved to help meet the needs, defend the rights, and promote the full integration of disabled people.

These are the Independent Living movement (IL) and Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR). Active in many countries, both initiatives are a response to the discrimination, limited opportunities, inadequate services, and the need for self-determination that most disabled people experience in the world today.

The two movements have different origins. They also have different strengths and weaknesses. IL tends to be strong in areas where CBR is weakest, and CBR strongest in the areas where IL and disabled people's organizations sometimes are weak.

bulletIndependent Living: The IL movement was started from the bottom up by disabled people themselves. It began in the Western industrialized countries. Through organizations like Disabled People International (DPI), it has gradually made headway in the so-called developing countries. IL's biggest strength is social action for equal opportunities, led by disabled activists. Its biggest weakness is that it is largely a middle-class movement that often leaves out the poor. Also, living "independently" (or alone) is a very Western value. In societies with a strong sense of community, rooted in extended families, living "inter-dependently" (together) may be a more welcome goal.
bulletCommunity Based Rehabilitation: CBR, as an international initiative, was launched by idealistic rehabilitation experts working with the World Health Organization (WHO). Its biggest strength is that it tries to reach all disabled people, especially those who are poorest and in greatest need. It has an all-inclusive plan, including both government and private initiatives. But, too often, disabled persons still are treated as objects to be worked upon, rather than leaders, organizers and decision makers.

One of the biggest challenges for disability workers today is to find ways to link the empowering self-determination of the Independent Living Movement with the broad outreach to poor people of Community Based Rehabilitation.

A good place to begin is by encouraging disabled persons to take over more of the organizational and service-providing roles in CBR programs. Where possible, disabled people's organizations can lead or advise the programs (while making an active effort to include the poor and voiceless). When disabled people learn to design and make assistive equipment, and to include the user in the process, success is more likely.

Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR)

Rehab for all! Tries to reach all disabled people, with most concern for the poor. Comprehensive plan with social focus. Community education and involvement.

Usually organized for - not by - disabled people. Structure often top-down. Tends to follow pre-determined recipes, rather than to seek liberating solutions.

Disabled Person's Organizations Independent Living (DPI, etc.)

Self-determination! Disabled people take lead in defining their needs and demanding their rights. Goal is not to normalize disabled persons, but to stop society's unfairness.

Because members tend to be middle class, the poor are often left out, or their needs are misinterpreted to fit the priorities of Western disability activists.

About the PROJIMO Team

A group of some of the early participants of PROJIMO, about 1984.
Mari and Lluvia. Armando, a skilled brace maker. Conchita, Miguel and their two children.
Mari Picos + daughter Lluvia  ???  - Armando Nevérez Conchita Lara, Miguel Zamora
+ daughters Camilla + Emily
Marcelo. Irma and Jaime. Rosa.
Marcelo Acevedo (†2008) Irma Llavió (†...) + Jaime Torres Rosita Salcido + patient
Inez. Cecilia with Osvaldo and Don Miguel.  Mario.
Inez Leon Cecilia Rodriguez Mario Carrasco
Martín. Marielos. Polo.
Martín Pérez Marielos Rosales, child + parent Polo Ribota

Documentation for "Brot für die Welt" funding application.

cutting logs to make coffins (Skills Training and Work Program) - Mario Carranzo in w/c on R. Alejandro Navaro in w/c prog

Fernando (L) & Vicente Bañuelos.
See story of F in NAU


Alejandro Navaro. Boy shot by cop. See story in NAUWU. Ajoya

?? + Gabriel Zepeda + ??  
Vania + Margarita
in pj toy workshop Ajoya
Adám – born with very short leg. Foot amputated and 1st prosthesis made in Shriners SF    ???

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