Wheelchair users will actively promote inclusion in their communities

Wheelchair users will actively promote inclusion in their communities

45 wheelchair users will receive support to promote their rights and skills and to initiate advocacy actions locally and nationally. The actions will take place within the project “Advocacy for community access for wheelchair users” implemented by Motivation Romania Foundation in partnership with Segoia Association, with the financial support of Active Citizens Fund Romania, programme funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through EEA Grants 2014-2021.

The project aims to support the social inclusion of people with disabilities by improving the mobility and health of wheelchair users. The aim of the project is to increase the capacity of beneficiaries to represent themselves to the authorities, both by directly participating in advocacy activities and promoting the rights and skills of people with disabilities, and by facilitating access to two connected mobile applications, MotiActiv and Panoul de Bord.

During the project, from January 2021 to December 2022, 15 mobility and health caravans will be organized with the participation of over 150 wheelchair users. During these events, participants will acquire useful information and skills in daily life, such as: pressure testing with the BodyTrack system to prevent bedsores, catheterization training to prevent urinary tract infections and testing mobility equipment suitable for active life, and freedom of movement.

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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.

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