The government will provide up to €15,000 to people with disabilities who need to buy a wheelchair after cabinet on Thursday increased the amount of financial aid and types of subsidised wheelchairs.
Beneficiaries will now be offered an additional €1,500, raising the subsidised amount from €13,500 from €15,000, while the types of wheelchairs they get to choose from was increased from seven to 13.
This amendment was necessary since new types of wheelchairs became available on the market that meet the needs of beneficiaries to a greater extent, Deputy Minister of Welfare Marilena Evangelou said after the meeting.
She explained that market research and consultation had been carried out, both with the relevant officials and with the Institute of Neurology and Genetics as well as with organisations of people with disabilities
Evangelou added that this project aims to facilitate the movement, independence and participation in social, educational and economic life of persons with severe disabilities.
For more information about the application for the financial aid visit http://www.dmsw.gov.cy/dmsw/dsid/dsid.nsf/dsipd16_gr/dsipd16_gr?OpenDocument. The website is available in Greek and in English.