At the end of February, Motivation Romania Foundation launched the project “Advocacy for community access for wheelchair users” by organizing an online meeting attended by 40 people.
The meeting, which took place on February 24, was attended by representatives of national, county and local authorities from 15 counties in the country, partners, private companies, representatives of other non-governmental organizations with which Motivation Romania Foundation collaborates and runs projects to support and promoting the rights of people with disabilities.
During the event, two of the friends of the foundation also spoke, who shared their experience as a person with disabilities, respectively as the parent of a child using a wheelchair. The two participants discussed the challenges a person with disabilities faces, the daily effort to lead an active life, but also suggestions on how we can create a more friendly and inclusive environment in our communities.
In addition to the presentation of the project activities, the objectives proposed for the two years of implementation were highlighted, namely increasing the capacity of beneficiaries to self-represent themselves before the authorities, both by directly participating in advocacy and promoting the rights and skills of people with disabilities, as well as facilitating access to two mobile applications MotiActiv and Dashboard.
The conclusion reached at the end of the event referred to equal opportunities and the transformation of society into an inclusive one in the conditions in which civil society, private and public institutions choose to collaborate in the long term.
The project “Advocacy for community access for wheelchair users” is implemented by Motivation Romania Foundation in partnership with Segoia Association, with the financial support of Active Citizens Fund Romania, a program funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through EEA Grants 2014-2021.
About Active Citizens Fund Romania
The Active Citizens Fund Romania programme is funded through the EEA Grants 2014-2021. The overall objective of the Grants is to reduce economic and social disparities, and to strengthen bilateral relations between 15 beneficiary countries and the Donor States (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). The programme is administered by a consortium composed of Civil Society Development Foundation, Romanian Environmental Partnership Foundation, Resource Center for Roma Communities, PACT Foundation and Frivillighet Norge, acting as Fund Operator designated by FMO – Financial Mechanism Office of the EEA and Norway Grants. The objectives of the Active Citizens Fund Romania are to strengthen civil society and active citizenship and to empower vulnerable groups. With a total allocation of 46,000,000 euro, the programme pursues a long-term development of the civil society sector sustainability and capacity, stepping up its role in promoting democratic participation, active citizenship and human rights, while strengthening bilateral relations with organizations from the Donor States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway. For more information about the Active Citizens Fund in Romania, please go to www.activecitizensfund.ro. For more information about the EEA and Norway Grants, go to www.eeagrants.org.
About Motivation Romania Foundation
Motivation Romania Foundation is a non-profit organization, created in 1995 to support children and adults with disabilities. The services offered cover a wide range of needs, from assessment and adapted equipment for different types of mobility disabilities, to active recovery and training for independent living with a wheelchair instructor, advice for spaces accessibility and adapted sports. So far, Motivation has restored freedom of movement and hope in a fulfilled life for more than 25,800 people with disabilities in Romania. More information on www.motivation.ro.
About Segoia Association
Segoia Association is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, created in 2017, concerned with the development of civil society, promotion of democratic values, open government and citizen involvement through technology. More information on: https://segoia.ro.