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About us

The Tampere Association for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities was founded in 1961.

The mission of Association is, within its own functional area, to provide support for its members, protect and develop the social equality and rights of the intellectually disabled and their families, and act to promote its members’ quality of life.

Persons with intellectual disabilities have the right to be born and live a valued life, the right to have sufficient and high-quality rehabilitation services and the right to life-long learning and an independent life. They are also entitled to meaningful work and day activity as well as individually supported housing. They have the right to culture and the right to age with dignity.

We are networking with several other organisations to better promote the social equality of people with disabilities and special needs in Tampere. Today, we are the largest local support association in Finland, with about 780 members. Our members comprise people with intellectual disabilities and special needs, their friends and relatives, professionals, students and sponsor members.

The major part of our activities is financed by an allowance, provided by the City of Tampere. 

Support for families

The associations provides large-scale services for the people with intellectual needs and their families. Association organise family meetings and help families to find information and other persons in the same situation as well as to receive help in the service system.

Activities for people with intellectual needs

We are organising leisure activities for people with intellectual needs: camps in summertime, hobby courses, discos and other leisure-related matters. We also travel as a group of members every year to some holiday destination such as Spain, Turkey or Greece. During a year, we organise several trips, cruises and happenings.

Contact information

Our office is located at Onkiniemenkatu 3 D 33, with our own club premises close by, at Onkiniemenkatu 5 B. The camps take place at a camping site in Teisko, by the lake of Näsijärvi.

Onkiniemenkatu 3 D 33
FI-33230 Tampere

Tel. +358 3 2140 226 (office number)


Päivi Kaltio, Executive director,

Johanna Kantanen, Activities manager, 

The Tampere Association for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities is one of the local Associations of the Inclusion Finland KVTL.  

Inclusion Finland KVTL

Inclusion Finland KVTL  is a  civic organization for people with intellectual disability and the loved ones of such people. We support persons with intellectual disability, and their families. We defend their rights and social equality. We are the voice for the intellectually disabled in Finland. All our work leans on the UNCRPD.

Contact information
Inclusion Finland KVTL
Pinninkatu 51
FI-33100 Tampere
Tel. +358 207 718 200