Chairman of Sjálfsbjörg, a national federation for the physically disabled, Ragnar Gunnar Thórhallsson said the federation is going to sell its apartments on Hátún 12 in Reykjavík where about 70 disabled individuals live.
Thórhallsson said the federation is also going to stop operating a rehabilitation center and nursing home for the physically disabled, adding that a private company is interested in purchasing Sjálfsbjörg’s facilities, Fréttabladid reports.
Part of the price would go towards a new nursing home for the physically disabled. Sjálfsbjörg’s role in the future, Thórhallsson explained, will only be fighting for improved living conditions for the disabled and not be directly involved with providing them with service.
The reason for Sjálfsbjörg to reach this decision, Thórhallsson said, is that its operations have become more difficult to manage, partly because of the increase of the tax on real estates and no help from the government.
Thórhallsson said it is no longer appropriate for an independent federation to operate social apartments, which should be operated by the country’s welfare system. He also does not find it appropriate that disabled people live in special apartment complexes.
“Such an arrangement is completely out of date and does not coincide with developments in recent years,” Thórhallsson said.
Thórhallsson stressed that the inhabitants of Hátún 12 will not be evicted before an agreement is reached with the government on continued service.