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Threshold - working for the rights of people with disabilities


Treshold Association
Siltasaarenkatu 4, 5.krs
00530 HELSINKI
(09) 685 0110
fax (09) 6850 1199

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Threshold works for the civil rights of disabled people throughout Finland. Our main aim is to create awareness of disability in society. We believe disability is a social issue, which is why we have not divided our group on medical grounds. Instead our members come from all disability groups.


We try to influence change in society by spreading information about disability. We publish a newsletter for our members. We also publish a newsletter for our members.

Our organisation was founded in 1973 by a group of disabled university students. Membership in 1995 exceeded 1000. Our main office is situated in Helsinki, and we have four regional committees in the towns of Joensuu, Jyväskylä, Oulu, Tampere and Turku.


Independent Living Centre


The executive committee of The Threshold also runs an Independent Living Centre. It is the Finnish centre of the international Independent Living Movement of disabled people and was opened in 1994.

The ILC´s most important activity is to provide peer counselling and support for disabled people. Starting to live independently is not easy. We help with the initial difficulties by organising courses on independent living. We also have special courses for those disabled people who employ their own personal assistants or are thinking of doing so. In everyday life, problems may also arise. The centre has telephone service which gives advice and support in difficult situations. In summary, we try to encourage our disabled peers to active citizens.