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Tallinn City Council Social and Health Committee meeting with representatives of the network of the Tallinn Chamber of People with Disabilities on 25 May 2022

On 25 May, members of the Forum of the Tallinn Chamber of Disabled People’s Associations visited a meeting of the Social and Health Committee of Tallinn City Council, as part of the project “Strengthening the advocacy network of disabled people’s organisations in Tallinn”, funded by the Active Citizen Fund.

We introduced the history of TPIKo as an advocacy organisation, its objectives and activities, and talked about the challenges faced by people with disabilities in their daily lives to the commissioners and experts. The representatives of the Chamber answered questions from the Commissioners and experts.

We made an overview of the concerns of people with disabilities regarding accessibility of public spaces, the need to alleviate the heavy burden on carers, the availability of adaptations to housing, the bottlenecks in the personal assistance service, etc.

The meeting was attended by 9 representatives of the Council, the Tallinn Social and Health Board was represented by Arne Kailas, Head of the Social Services and Supports Department, and 10 representatives of different organisations attended the meeting.

The overview was prepared by Külli Urb, Acting Project Manager, Network Coordinator.

Forum meeting 2 on 22 March 2022

On March 22, a meeting of the network forum took place, which was attended by the chairman of the Tallinn City Council Jevgeni Ossinovski, the head of TSTA Raimo Saad and the chief specialist of the disabled Mihkel Tõkke.

Jevgeni Ossinovski introduced his work at the Tallinn City Council and listened to the concerns of people with disabilities.

Mihkel Tõkke, a specialist of the Tallinn Social and Health Care Board, introduced the action plan of the Tallinn Disability Committee for 2022.

Representatives of 30 different networks and member associations participated. There were interesting discussions.

Tallinn City Board of Disabled People hosted a seminar titled “Execution of the Advocacy of Disabled People on a Local Level” on November 30th. The event took place locally at Endla Street 59 and was simultaneously hosted on Zoom.

Event schedule:

11 AM -11.15 AM – Greetings by Külli Urb, Chairman of Board at Tallinn City Board of Disabled People

An overview of a project titled: “Strengthening the Advocacy Networks of Disabled People Organizations” by Monika Tammerand, Chief Executive Officer at Tallinn City Board of Disabled People

11.15 AM – 12 PM – About the Activity of Civil Society in Estonia by Kai Väärtnõu, Member of Board at NENO. (Network of Estonian Nonprofit Organizations)

12.30 PM – 1.15 PM The Job of Chancellor of Justice and Examples of Problems when Coordinating the Rights and Defense of Disabled People by Juta Saarevet, Head of Disability Rights at Chancellor’s Office

1.30 PM – 2.15 PM – Estonian Chamber of Disabled People`s Activity regarding Advocacy Networks by Monika Haukanõmm, Chairman of Board at Estonian Chamber of Disabled People

2.15 PM – 2.30 PM Break for stretching

2.30 PM – 3.15 PM Estonian Human Rights Centre`s Activity regarding Advocacy Networks by Kelly Grossthal, Head of Strategic Management at Estonian Human Rights Centre

3.15 PM – 4 PM Summary of the seminar and free discussion.

Seminar was held regarding of project ““Execution of the Advocacy of Disabled People on a Local Level.”

The project is funded by Active Citizen Fund of European Economic Area, which is mediated by Open Estonia Foundation in collaboration with NENO.

Greetings by Külli Urb, Chairman of Board at Tallinn City Board of Disabled People

On January 17th, the representatives of TCBDP`s member unions gathered to the first meeting of the year. The focus on the meeting was the introduction of the principles of Tallinn Disability Comitee and making suggestions for Tallinn Disability Comitee`s work plans for 2022.

Hosted by Tallinn City Board of Disabled People and Külli Urb, Head of Forum Meeting, Project Coordinator, Chairman of the Board of TCBDP.

Meeting with the Deputy Mayor of Tallinn Betina Beškina on the 8th of February

The meeting between Tallinn City´s Board of Disabled People and Deputy Mayor of Tallinn Betina Beškina took place on the 8th of February at the activity centre at Endla 59.

The purpose of said meeting was to discuss the currently important questions regarding disabled people and to suggest possible solutions.

The topics of the meeting included:

An overview of the development of the points in the Coalition agreement 2021-2025.

Plans for developing an accessibility system in multi-story buildings (including installing elevators in said buildings);

The mobility of disabled people during the winter (who are not eligible for taxi service);

The necessity to establish a special family style care centre offering round the clock care to Käo Support Centre`s Maleva unit;

Bringing a public transport stop (coming from the city) nearer the activity centre at Endla 59.

The meeting had a total of 23 participants: The Deputy Mayor of Tallinn B.Beškina, the representatives of Tallinn Social and Healthcare Department; R.Saadi (manager, participated virtually), A. Kailas, M. Tõkke and K.Uuemäe and representatives of member units and network of TCBDP.