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Disabled peoples organisations

The national assembly representing disabled people’s organisations is:

  • Finnish Disability Forum (only in Finnish) encourages disabled people’s equality and participation and seeks to influence national and international policy. It has 28 member organisations. 

Other important organisations of disabled people include:

  • Finnish Association of People with Physical Disabilities ( works for empowerment and equality. It has 155 organisational members, which have 33,000 members, and is controlled by a general council with 57 elected members. It is mainly financed by donations and by grants from the Finnish Slot Machine Association, as well as charges for services.
  • The Threshold Association ( is based on human rights, as well as principles of independent living and culture. It includes 1,600 members with physical and sensory impairments. The head office is in Helsinki and there are five local offices and associations in other cities.
  • Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired ( represents the interests of blind and partially sighted people and provides services, consultancy and training (including guide dog training). There are regional associations with 80 branches.  
  • The nationwide Finnish Association of the Deaf ( seeks political, social and language rights for Deaf people. It has 43 member clubs with more than 4,000 members and around 100 employees. Almost half of their income comes from the Finnish Slot Machine Association. 
  • The Finnish Association for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities ( is run by persons with intellectual disabilities and their relatives, to provide support and to promote equality and quality of life. It includes more than 200 local support organisations and 18,000 members. 

More organisations of persons with disabilities are listed on the webpage of the National Institute of Health and Welfare.

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