Independent living for those with reduced mobility has always been a challenge in Malta as increased awareness on the subject is relatively new.

  • Hal-Far

    Location

    Hal-Far

  • European Regional Development Fund/ European Social Fund

    Fund

    European Regional Development Fund/ European Social Fund

  • Urban Regeneration and Improving the Quality of Life

    Programme

    Urban Regeneration and Improving the Quality of Life

  • €711,054

    Cost of Project

    €711,054

  • €604,421

    Total EU Allocation

    €604,421

The disbursement of EU Funds for the Sonia Tanti Independent Living Centre has helped the island to develop its first ever centre of this type, focusing solely on the daily life problems faced by people with reduced mobility and offering them practical and tangible solutions to make their life easier.

Named for Sonia Tanti – a disabled person who lived her life to the full, despite the various challenges – the centre was built in Hal Far and equipped with the necessary modern tools to offer to its clients.

EU funds, which totalled 85 per cent of all the costs, were also used to provide adequate and professional training to some 119 professionals who offer their services at the centre. These include occupational therapists, physiotherapists, speech therapists and others who were all trained locally and abroad in assistive technology and mobility.

The Sonia Tanti Independent Living Centre offers an array of services to those with reduced mobility, assisting them to achieve, regain and maintain their independence as much as possible.

This is done through a personal assessment of one’s situation and needs, the provision of the right equipment and necessary training of how to make the best use of the tools and technology provided.

Through its Adaptive Driving Assessment Unit, one of the most important sectors in the centre, people with reduced mobility are getting assessment on their ability to drive using a simulator. This enables clients to be able to determine whether they can eventually buy their own car and the modifications they would need to be able to use it, independently, and without depending on others.

EU funds also helped the centre develop three daily life environments – a kitchen, an office, and a bathroom – where clients may be able to try different aids associated with these environments.

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