Independent living in Flanders ( Belgium ). Leen Lankester , Coordinator Independent Living Centre Denderleeuw Alex Verheyden , Member of the management team ADO Icarus vzw June 8th 2011, Bilbao. Table of contents. Disability policy (in Flanders)
Leen Lankester, Coordinator Independent Living Centre Denderleeuw
Alex Verheyden, Member of the management team ADO Icarus vzw
June8th 2011, Bilbao
Care in kind
To live in an independent and autonomous way in their own home environment, people with disabilities need to have access to
Twelve to fifteen ADL-houses (ADL stands for ‘activities of the daily life’) are situated in a regular neighbourhood.
The house are fully accessible and they are adapted for the use by people with severe physical disabilities.
Equipment and modifications
All ADL-houses are equipped with the most elementary and necessary appliances and adaptations.
The Flemish Agency for People with Disabilities (VAPH) can finance the acquisition and installation of a large number of more specific and/or individualised appliances.
The users can ask for assistance any time by means of a portable communication system. The communication system can be adapted to the needs of each individual user.
The communication system that is developed by ADO Icarus uses mobile phone technology.
3. Independent living: ADO Icarus
ADO Icarus supports people with disabilities from 10 independent living centres that are situated in different regions in Flanders