Council on Disability

Helsinki aims to be the most functional city in the world, but is this true for residents who have different disabilities, such as functional impairments or reduced mobility?

The Council on Disability promotes the equality and participation of disabled and chronically ill residents, and works on matters that affect the disabled people’s

  • health and well-being
  • inclusion and ability to participate in decision-making
  • living environment and housing
  • mobility and services.

This body is intended for cooperation and advocating, and it includes disabled persons, the organisations for disabled people that represent their next of kin, Helsinki city officials and specialists from different administrative divisions.

The secretary of the Council on Disability is the city’s disability ombudsman, Tiina Lappalainen.

Realising the rights of disabled residents

The city of Helsinki uses its services to provide equal participation, basic rights and fundamental freedoms for residents with different disabilities, respecting their human dignity.

In order to achieve true equality and participation, the city may employ reasonable accommodation and positive action to provide city services for people with different disabilities.

The city’s disability ombudsman and the Council on Disability monitor the realisation of the rights and services of disabled people in the city’s decision-making and the everyday lives of disabled people.

Members

Hearing-impaired

Anneli Salmevaara
Helsingin Kuuloyhdistys ry
anneli.salmevaara(at)gmail.com

Visually impaired

Ibrahim Milanovic
Helsinki and Uusimaa Association for Visually Impaired
ibrahim.milanovic(at)gmail.com

Physically disabled

Leena Simola-Nikkanen
Helsingin Invalidien Yhdistys ry
leena.simola-nikkanen(at)hiy.fi

Developmentally disabled

Timo Martelius
Kehitysvammatuki 57 ry
timo.martelius(at)tiera.fi

People with neurologic diseases

Kristiina Karhos
Helsingin ja Uudenmaan neuroyhdistys ry
kristiina.karhos(at)gmail.com

People with chronic diseases / per disease (2 representatives)

Aulikki Rautavaara
Uumu ry
arautava(at)welho.com

Pirkko Hyvärinen
Helsingin Reumayhdistys ry
pihyvari(at)welho.com

Mental health sector

Ann-Christine Mattssson
Psykosociala föreningen Sympati rf
annchristine.mattson(at)gmail.com

Disabled children

Samuli Tsupari
Vamlas Foundation
samuli.tsupari(at)hotmail.fi

Others and general organisations

Susanna Haapala
The Treshold Association
susanna(at)assistentti.info

Professionals nominated by City divisions

Education division
Pedagog specialist Heidi Halkilahti
heidi.halkilahti(a)hel.fi

Urban environment division
Project director Pirjo Tujula
pirjo.tujula(a)hel.fi

Culture and leisure division
Development planner Tiina Larva
tiina.larva(a)hel.fi

Social and healthcare division
Manager of social work for the disabled Jonna Weckström
jonna.weckstrom(a)hel.fi

Members of City Councillors

Justus Mollberg, Left Alliance
chairperson
puh.040 5926111
justusmollberg(at)gmail.com

Pia Hytönen, The National Coalition party
pia.hytonen(at)hotmail.com

Niina Halonen-Malliarakis, The Greens
halonenmalliarakis(at)icloud.com

Arzu Caydam-Lehtonen, Social Democratic Party
arzu.caydam1(at)hotmail.com

Heikki Kaislanen PS
hkaisla1(at)gmail.com

Secretary of the Council

Disability ombudsman for City of Helsinki Tiina Lappalainen
tiina.lappalainen(a)hel.fi
Tel. +358(0)9 31036086