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ERDF 072: Construction and Equipping of an Independent Living Centre

Project Cost: €711,084
Beneficiary: Kummissjoni Nazzjonali Persuni b'Dizabilita
Line Ministry: Ministry for the Family and Social Solidarity
Start Date: 2008
End Date: 2011

Non Technical Short Summary Of Project

"The project intended to set up a centre that houses a Helpdesk Office, an Assistive Equipment Demonstration Unit, a Wheelchair and Seating Clinic, and an Adaptive Driving Assessment and Training Unit wherein persons who need vehicular adaptations to be able to drive and those who need assistive equipment in order to board vehicles, will learn which adaptations best suit their needs as well as other equipment which they will need to be more independent."

Operational Programme: OPI Investing in Competitiveness for a Better Quality of Life ERDF
Fund: European Regional Development Fund
Priority Axis: PA6 Urban Regeneration and Improving the Quality of Life
Focus Area Of Intervention: OPIPA6 Education, Social and Health-related Infrastructure

Project Objectives

The overall objective is to support Malta's effort in removing the barriers that prevent the participation of disabled persons in society in general and in the labour market in particular, by construction and equipping an Independent Living Centre from which an Independent Living Service for disabled persons can be provided.

Project Results

The results of this project will meet the specific objectives of this project that is:1) The construction and finishing works on n the Independent Living Centre in Hal Far that will house a Helpdesk Office; an Assistive Equipment Demonstration Unit; a Wheelchair and Seating Clinic; and an Adaptive Driving Assessment and Training Unit as well as offices and the necessary sanitation facilities; 2) The procurement of all the necessary equipment for the functioning of the Independent Living Centre.

Project Purpose

The project will focus on a specific aspect of independent living, that is increasing the independence of disabled people and their ability to engage in activities of daily living, and in employment and education opportunities.This is an aspect of independent living that is not adequately addressed by current services, especially the mobility of disabled people. This is the reason why the project has this remit. It is hoped that in the future KNPD will be ina position to provide a more comprehensive service with ILC being a major component. We also envisage that within the bigger picture, ILC can render can render more and offer services to people with different impairments, depending on the resources available. Therefore the specific objectives of the project are: 1) To carry out the necessary construction and finishing works on the Independent Living Centre in Hal Far that will house a Helpdesk Office; tan Assistive Equipment Demonstration Unit; a Wheelchair and Seating Clinic; and an Adaptive Driving Assesment and Training Unit and offices; 2) To procure all the necessary equipment for the functioning of the Independent Living Centre.