Portas Prá Vida, the Association of Parents and Friends of the Disabled Citizen of the Douro-Sul Valley Councils Grouping, was created in 1991, and is a Private Institution of Social Solidarity that already has a history of providing training responses to youngsters/adults with disabilities.

Since 1999, the Institution has carried out initial professional training and integrates young people with disabilities in several training areas, namely, in Weaving, Pottery and Painting; Social Services to the Community and Gardening and Forestry.

It is still the institution's objective to follow up on this response in order to solve the problems of socio-professional integration of people with less training capabilities, namely people with disabilities.

Taking into account the difficulties of social and professional integration of people with disabilities, the Institution is currently developing initial professional training in the areas of Social Services to the Community and Gardening and Forestry, within the scope of Intervention Typology 6.2 - Qualification of People with Disabilities of Axis 6 of the Human Potential Operational Program, which brings together a set of policy instruments that aim to create conditions of greater social equity in access to rights of civic participation, qualification and education and the labor market.


The Portas P'rà Vida Association is certified as a training entity by DGERT - Directorate-General for Employment and Labour Relations, in the scope of the provisions of Ordinance no. 851/2010, of September 6, amended and republished by Ordinance no. 208/2013, of June 26, in the following areas of education and training:

- 622 - Floriculture and gardening

- 623 - Forestry and hunting

- 762 - Social Work and Guidance

The certification recognizes the technical and pedagogical capacity of the entity to execute training in the identified education and training areas.


  • Promote the qualification and integration in the labor market of people with disabilities;
  • Promote equal opportunities by combating competitive disadvantages in the labor market for people with disabilities;
  • Promote active citizenship in a culture that values civic participation.

- To increase the employability of people with disabilities, aiming at their integration in the labor market,

- Developing personal autonomy, professional attitudes, communication, strengthening self-esteem, motivation, and employability conditions, and learning and/or relearning the necessary conditions for the full participation of people with disabilities.

- To provide people with disabilities with the necessary knowledge and skills to enable them to develop a professional activity in the labor market, namely:

  • Provide basic hygiene, comfort and health care, according to the guidelines of the technical team;
  • Perform tasks of cleaning and arranging the spaces, equipment, and clothing;
  • Perform tasks related to meal service in its preparation, confection and direct service, according to the guidelines of the technical team;
  • Provide recession and reception services under the guidance of a responsible technician.


People with disabilities who meet the following conditions:

- The legal minimum age for work and who wish to enter or re-enter the labor market.

- Not having a qualification compatible with the exercise of a profession or occupation of a job.

- Fulfill the requirements of compulsory education.

Training Components

The training is carried out through the attendance of a training course organized based on the training reference proposed by the Association (training entity), individualized and oriented to people with mental functions alterations, multi-disabilities and other conditions to access regular education and training courses, with a duration between 1200 h and 2900 h, and duly analyzed and approved by the Regional Delegation of the North of the Employment and Professional Training Institute, which includes the following training components:

Floriculture and Gardening

Social Services to the Community