What we do

The Teletón Foundation, through its four Teletón Integral Rehabilitation Centers (CRIT) located in Asunción, Coronel Oviedo, Paraguarí and Minga Guazú, provides comprehensive rehabilitation services to children and adolescents, aged 0 to 18 years with physical disabilities with neuromusculoskeletal condition.

The services offered are totally free and the families that access them currently arrive from 16 departments of the country, in addition to the capital.

Approaches

Teletón has three institutional approaches that make the philosophy of the institution and support the daily mission of the Foundation in all areas of work.



Approaches from which Teletón works:

Interior / Individual

  • Self Esteem
  • Feelings
  • Values
  • Beliefs
  • Personal History

Exterior / Individual

  • Biology
  • Cells
  • Organs
  • Body
  • Behavior

Interior / Collective

  • Culture
  • Shared values
  • Language
  • Religion
  • Collective beliefs

Exterior / Collective

  • Systems
  • Environment
  • Labor legal system
  • Educational
  • Architecture
  • Transport

The Rights Approach:

Based on the National Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Code of Children and Adolescents of Paraguay and the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Inclusive Education Law, and concordant laws, proposes that every person is subject to rights without discrimination.

The Paraguayan State has the role and responsibility of guaranteeing rights in terms of their exercise and compliance, and organized citizenship, through civil society, provides support to the State, exercising its right to participate. From this approach, the violation and lack of compliance with the rights of children and adolescents must be understood as deficiencies to be reversed by the State with the support of civil society.

The principles of the Rights Approach are: universality and inherentness; integrality, indivisibility and interdependence; participation; progressiveness; shared responsibility.

The Inclusion Approach:

Based on the idea of ​​the importance that the systems have universal access and permanence criteria and are prepared for all people, guaranteeing participation in all the goods and services that society offers. It is society that must make the effort to include all its members, because each of them has rights as a person.

When we talk about inclusion we mean the value of diversity, understanding that there is no normality criterion applied to people, in other words there is no normal or abnormal person, we are all different. Each person has their own abilities and potentials that must be enhanced, so each person demands diverse responses.

The inclusion proposes that the development of the person occurs through participation in social and cultural life, encourages the adoption of accessibility criteria to break down architectural, communicational, attitudinal, programmatic, methodological or instrumental barriers.

There is often confusion between integration and inclusion, so we believe it is necessary to indicate their differences.

In Paraguay, the situation of persons with disabilities in general, and of children and adolescents in particular, develops in contexts mostly of exclusion and minority in integration, being inclusion a great debt of Paraguayan society. That is why the services provided by the Teletón Foundation are aimed at promoting the greatest possible autonomy of the child and his family, articulating efforts with community leaders, authorities and public and private institutions, to break down barriers to access to rehabilitation, education, health services, right to identity, transportation, among other things.

The Integral Approach:

The Teletón Foundation from Paraguay incorporates integral theory as part of the institution’s philosophy. Through this theory, we seek to incorporate different currents of thought and scientific disciplines into the same theoretical framework, seeking to approach reality with a broad, deep and inclusive look. Ken Wilber is the driver of integral thinking whose challenge is to avoid reductionist responses to complex situations.

The integral philosophy proposes a framework to understand reality, which is embodied in the four quadrants: The inner reality and the outer reality; individual and collective.

The inner reality includes everything that can not be perceived by the senses, therefore it is qualitative. The external reality, on the contrary, includes everything that can be verified by the sense, is the quantitative reality. If we have a person to study, the main topics that each quadrant addresses are the following:

  • Interior / individual: Self-esteem, feelings, values, beliefs, personal history, etc.
  • Exterior / individual: Biology, cells, organs, body, behavior.
  • Interior / collective: Culture, shared values, language, religion, collective beliefs, etc.
  • Exterior / collective: Systems, environment, legal, labor, educational, architecture, transportation, etc.

This is especially important when providing rehabilitation services to people with disabilities, because it considers not only the biological reality of the child or adolescent, but also the context in which they live, their inner reality and that of their family, as well as that of their community. Through the services of Teletón, it is sought to provide adequate services to each child or adolescent, adapting the therapeutic proposal to the reality in which they live.

Routine Based Model

The Routine Based Model consists of taking advantage of the daily activities that children and adolescents do in their homes, as opportunities for their rehabilitation: when they prepare to go to school, have breakfast or get dressed. In 2018, Teletón applied this approach more widely, reaching some 487 families, in its four rehabilitation centers.

This model focuses on improving the quality of family and individual life, because it takes into account the learning context, the family, its structure, and its needs. This process takes into account the beliefs and culture of each family and, in that sense, the role of the therapist is to be a support for all household members.

Teletón Integral Rehabilitation Centers

Asunción

  • Avda. Cacique Lambaré 4636
  • Phone: (021) 552 300

Minga Guazú

  • Avda. Cacique Lambaré 4636
  • Phone: (021) 552 300

Cnel. Oviedo

  •  Ruta II Mcal. Estigarribia, km 129
  • Phone: (0521) 201 845

Paraguarí

  • Ruta I, 500 meters from the detour to Villarrica
  • Phone: (0531) 433 885

Specialties

  • Early Attention
  • Creative Development
  • Speech Therapy
  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication
  • Physiotherapy
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Educational Orientation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Medicine (pediatrics, family, physiatry, neuropediatrics, otolaryngology, traumatology, nursing)
  • OGA
  • Community Social
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Assistive Technology