Occupational Activities Center


  • Promote life quality levels in its different dimensions (interpersonal relationships; auto-determinations; emotional well-being), both mental and physical; employability/occupational; citizenship and rights), implemented in the individual planning of each answer client.
  • Foment the recovery of people with handicap(s) and/or disabilitie(s), that is, making that they find a life purpose on CAO's answer, a "reason to wake up in the morning" (life purpose), despite their "symptoms" of  being handicapped and/or disabled through the empowerment of the own people and/or meaningful.
  • Promote strategies of self-esteem reinforcement, appreciation and personal and social autonomy, ensuring the necessary stability conditions to reinforce their autonomy, which coadunates with CERCIPOM's mission.
  • Foment access opportunities to vocational training and employment for the people integrated in CAO's social answer, but mainly support the social integration through socially useful activities - A.S.U., inside and outside of the insitution and in companies from both the public and private sector, under the administrative rule nº 432/2006 of 3 of May.
  • Highlight the linkage with the customer's family/meaningful and with the broader community, favouring a systemic perspective, optimizing handicapped/disabled people participation levels.
  • "Being" a facilitation agent of an inclusive society, promoting the participation in activities and diverse social environments.


People of 16 years of age or older, with handicaps and/or disabilities.


The objectives are contained in the services/fields of intervention/activities provided by/in the social answer. Those are:
Strictly Ocuppational Activities:     

  • Figurative Arts;
  • Bar (with room delivery service);
  • Embroidery;
  • Hairdressing and Beauty Services;
  • Pastries and savouries production;
  • Lid selection for outside companies to recycle;
  • Tapestry;
  • Craftwork.

Socially Useful Activities:

Administrative rule n.º 432/2006 of 3 of May. Fields:

  • Support to handicapped people;
  • Carpentry;
  • Sewing;
  • Cleaning;
  • Restaurant;
  • Others.

Personal and Social Development Activities:

  • Group of self-representation (interinstitutional meetings and gatherings);
  • Personal Hygiene;
  • Group workflow "feelings" (in the Snoezelen room);
  • Group dynamic “Care of your body”;
  • Folklore ranch and folk parades;
  • Integrated reward system;
  • Social Service;
  • Occupational therapy/ daily life activities.

Playful-therapeutic Activities:     

  • Sensory stimulation in room environment;
  • Drama;
  • Adapted motor activity;
  • Sportive encounters;
  • Snoezelen (sensory stimulation and/or relaxation);
  • Physiotherapy;
  • Hydrotherapy;
  • Aquarobics;
  • Psychology;
  • Occupational therapy;
  • Special education and rehabilitation/Psicomotricity.


  • "Normal" and “past” meals (adapted to big addicts)
  • Medical/nutritionist prescribed diets.

Therapeutical administration:    

  •  Therapeutical administration with medical prescription and escort to consultations and/or treatments whenever justified.




  • Technical Manager/Social Service Technician
  • Physiotherapist
  • CAO Monitors
  • Psychologist
  • Social Service Technician
  • Rehabilitation Senior Technician
  • Occupational Therapist