Association for People with Mobility Problems and Friends “Perpato” was founded in 2002 by a group of friends. The primary purpose of this organization is to claim and improve the rights for disabled people in Komotini at first, then in Thrace and the rest of Greece. Let’s be optimistic maybe the whole planet too.
In its begin years Perpato cooperated with ‘Enorasi’ The association for blind people of Thrace because we truly believe that disabled people’s rights are not different no matter the nature of their injury. Along with local government officials we managed to make Komotini a role model for accessibility. School and university units, streets, squares, beaches even nightclubs are all equipped properly for total accessibility for everyone. The town is so friendly for a wheelchair user that a lot of people from all over Greece decide to move here. Even though there is a lot left to get done we are proud to recognize our steps towards the right direction.
Today the association consist of 300 members and 150 volunteers. At the same time, we are running an exemplar type of daycare-centre which supports 21 people on a daily basis but not for a very long time.
We employ 16 people through european, solidarity foundation and state funds.
Before that, Perpato family achieved:
- to create successful sports club «IRODIKOS» for decorated athletes who compete in the Paralympics, hold word records and the first ever wheelchair basketball team in our region, Thrace.
- to establish an -one of a kind- Centre of Training on Autonomy for Disabled People “KEADA” in 2012 and first-funded by Stavros Niarchos Foundation and later by state-based programmes, in a building provided by Komotini Municipality. More on KEADA here.
To sum up, we would like to inform you that Perpato is an independent association with one fundamental characteristic. Solidarity towards people with or without disability, with the understanding that disability is the obstacles that are enforced upon us and that everyone should have access to equal opportunity.