Self-esteem and Disability - 2019 call for project

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A person who lacks self-esteem cannot believe he or she is valued by others. Lack of self-esteem may lead to the neglect of one's appearance, a common reaction, which leads to social and employment exclusion.

Persons with disabilities often suffer from how others react to them and this contributes to diminishing their self-esteem and to a tendency to take little care of themselves, which may subsequently hinder social inclusion. These two social exclusion factors are mutually aggravating.

Beauty and wellness therapy is still rarely included among the forms of support provided to persons with disabilities, even though they can contribute to growing self-esteem and to improving general self-image, self-confidence and relations with others. All of which are essential to social inclusion.

Cognizant of these issues, the L’Oréal Foundation and FIRAH decided to organize a call for applied research projects entitled "Self-esteem and Disability". The aims are to improve support for persons with disabilities for affirming their dignity and identity, and thereby contribute to the necessary change in how society sees persons with disabilities.





  • 7 January 2019 - Launch of the call for projects;
  • 25 March 2019, midnight - Deadline for letters of intent;
  • 21 June 2019 - Announcement to project leaders of letters of intent that were short-listed and those that were declined;
  • 30 September 2019, midnight - Deadline for the full project proposal;
  • 9 December 2019 – Announcement to project leaders concerning selected and declined proposals.