The Paraplegic Association of Greece was founded in 1977 with the aim to support people with severe mobile disabilities, to facilitate their social integration and to improve their quality of life. In 2014, Greece had approximately 15,000 paraplegics and quadriplegics out of which 5,000 are members of one of the Association’s 4 subsidiaries (Athens, Thessaloniki, Lamia and Argos). The Athens subsidiary offers services to about 2,500 members. The Association offers numerous services and is involved with a variety of activities. Some examples are: social services such as support and home visits, the monitoring of the implementation of laws of relevant benefits, the operation of a specialized beach, a wheelchair basketball team, workshops, the organization of exhibitions, excursions, and the circulation of a bimonthly magazine.
The grant regards the purchase of a vehicle for the transport of paraplegics. The vehicle has the capacity to transport up to 5 wheelchairs. With this vehicle, transportation of persons with mobile disabilities to hospitals and other state agencies is made possible. Approximately 250 people with mobile disabilities, 60% of which are over the age of 65, will be transported per year to their various destinations with the specialized vehicle.