Sožitje - The Slovenian Association for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities consists of local societies that represent municipal, inter-municipal and town areas. The division of duties, the execution of special social programmes and other aspects of organisation between the local societies and their association are based on the following guidelines:
The role of the association is to provide the intellectually disabled and their parents with basic conditions that are unified and apply to the whole area of Slovenia. This means a unified, expert approach when it comes to securing the legislation and regulations of operation, informative activity, legal advice and execution of collective social programmes that are agreed to be realized on a national level.
The local societies are the ones with actual members, therefore their primary concern is to establish a so- called personal approach. Their goal is to make sure that the collectively accepted and ensured systematic solutions for persons with intellectual disabilities are in fact realised in the area of individual Sožitje Society’s activity – inside communities where their members live. These solutions concern healthcare, preschool care, education, acquirement of practical skills, tutelage, employment and work, including special forms of residence and other elements that determine members’ life quality. The same goes for parents of intellectually disabled. Other society activities focus on ways of association, social connections, educational courses and other activities that benefit the members of the societies and are executed as special social programmes on a local level.