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Disabled persons

Finnish law states that a disabled person must not be discriminated against because of his or her disability. A disabled person has the right to live a normal life, for example, to study, work and start a family. Finland is also committed to the UN treaty on the rights of persons with disabilities.

A disabled person may have difficulties in managing matters of everyday life due to his or her ability or illness. Municipalities are required to offer services for disabled persons who need them. These services include, for example, transport and assistant services. If you have a residence permit and a municipality of residence in Finland, you are entitled to the disability services offered by your municipality. Read more on the services for disabled persons and how to apply for them on the InfoFinland page Services for disabled persons.

Associations for the disabled

There are several organisations in Finland which strive to improve the status of the disabled in society. These organisations can provide you with advice and assistance on, for example, how to apply for services. They also often provide leisure time activities and peer support to persons of all ages. Contact information for these organisations is available on the Vammaisfoorumi disability forum website.

Hilma, the Support Centre for Immigrant Persons with Disabilities, also operates in Finland. It provides service coordination and counselling for disabled immigrants and persons with chronic diseases.

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