About AYDER

About AYDER 2018-05-24T11:36:41+00:00

Alternative Life Association

Alternative Life Association (abbreviated as AYDER in Turkish) is an organization established to provide alternative services and innovative solutions to respond to the needs of the disabled and disadvantaged social groups. AYDER addresses disability, proposes solutions for those with disabilities and develops a range of innovative and sustainable projects. Our main purpose is to contribute to the vision of an “Accessible Turkey”.

AYDER has taken the necessary steps in achieving the ideal of an “Accessible Turkey” ever since it was founded in 2002. It has developed several innovative and sustainable projects and has become a platform that integrates disabled and socially disadvantaged people into society and enables their economic integration as both producers and consumers.

Even if AYDER was officially founded in 2002, it has planned and carried out numerous innovative projects such as Diving is Freedom (1997), Alternative Camp (1997), Reha Istanbul Fair (2004), Barrier-Free Tourism (2006), and Dreams Academy (2008). AYDER was also the first NGO to sign the UN Global Compact initiative.

Our Values:

  • Respect for Diversity
  • Volunteering

  • Innovative Solutions

  • Positive Thinking

  • Intercultural Interaction

  • Universal Design

  • Altruism (Giving and Sharing without Expectations)

Objectives:

  • To offer a wide range of products and services to everyone via our NGO sustainability model and social corporation approach.

  • To provide training for promoting social entrepreneurship

  • To ensure the widespread implementation of our propositions such as the inclusivist entrepreneurial models and respect for diversity in the whole private sector

  • To ensure the continuity of value creation for a better world with our volunteering opportunities by growing the number of our local and international volunteering programs

AYDER Principles:

Our Team:

Alternative Life Association Executive Board

  • Ercan Tutal – Chairman of Board and Founder

  • Gülsün Deniz Vural – Secretary General

  • Deniz Erkan Karcı – Accountant

  • Serhat Soydan – Member of Board

  • Alper Akça – Member of Board

  • Tahsin Karamahmutoğlu – Member of Board

Alternative Life Association

  • Nermin Tutal – Financial Coordinator

  • Sibel Sadıkoğlu – Finance Specialist

AYDER Project and Department Coordinators

  • Dreams Academy – Gülsün Deniz Vural

  • Social Inclusion Band – Ahmet Nebi Şaylan, Taylan Aktuğ

  • Dreams Kitchen – Project Coordinator: Birce Abacı

    Chef: Yasemin Kaptan

  • Dreams Agency – Serhat Soydan

  • DFilm – Nermin Tutal

  • Dreams Academy Kaş – Alper Ateş

  • Alternative Camp – Deniz Erkan Karcı

  • Girls without Barriers – Founder and Project Coordinator: Alper Akça

    Project Manager: Sevda Baysal

  • Best Buddies Turkey – Project Coordinator: Sercan Duygan

    Project Coordinator: Recep Altınordu

    Program Coordinator: Fidan Karaahmetoğlu

  • eyLab – Ercan Tutal

  • Sorty – Serhat Soydan

  • Words of Silence – Buket Ela Demirel

Success Stories

AYDER won three Bronze Stevie awards at the International Business Awards with Dreams Academy in 2012, where more than 3200 corporations and projects from over 50 countries competed.

September 2012, International Business Awards

Social Inclusion Band was given the Turkey Public Relations Association’s 11th Golden Compass Public Relations Award in the ‘NGOs’ category.

June 2012, Turkey Public Relations Association (TÜHİD)

AYDER’s Alternative Camp was selected to the Best Practices in Youth Work by UNDP and British Council.

October 2013 , UNDP and British Council
Dreams Academy Kaş was granted the “The Best Innovative Social Project by an SME” in the 2015, II. Innovative Sustainability Implementations Competition by SKD Turkey.
December 2015 , Business World and Sustainable Development Association SKD Turkey

Dreams Academy was introduced to the world as a pilot project in the context of the event “Innovation Enables” at the UN Meeting on “Disability and Development” held in New York.

September 2013, UN

Has been selected as one of the top 10 projects in the “This Is Social Europe Innovation Competition” by the EU Commission, among 150 projects from 23 countries.

2010, EU Commission
We won the “Best Practice” award of “Design for All Foundation”; a foundation that is based in Barcelona and recognizes achievements in the implementation of universal designs.
2015 , Design for All Foundation