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According to the Population Register Centre, in 2014 over 67000 immigrants speaking Russian as their mother tongue live in Finland. Due to the limited access to more detailed statistics we may assume that some 6700 of these are disabled and over 65 years of age. Every member of this group has his or her own unique life history, education, medical&nbsp; problem or degree of disability as well as his or her personal rehabilitation history back into society following his or her becoming disabled.<br /> These immigrants are the weakest of all, they belong to &ldquo;the minority of the minority&rdquo;. The most typical problem facing this group is the language barrier which isolates it from the Finnish welfare system and Finnish society. Other problems facing this group are limited social contacts, difficulties in solving everyday problems, weak self-confidence and difficulties in self-realization, all of which lead to alienation.<br /> <br /> An important reason why many disabled persons want to maintain an active attitude towards life is the fear of otherwise being left alone with their problems as well as the realization that there are others who are in the same position.<br /> Our non-governmental organization (NGO) was established in 1999 by Russian-speaking immigrants who themselves had disabled children. The organization has units in Helsinki, Vantaa, Espoo, Hyvinkaa and Riihimaki. The Helsinki unit has more than 165 members and there are some 300 members in the other units in Finland. Our organization is open and you don&rsquo;t have to be a member to receive assistance.<br /> <br /> <b>Our activities:</b><br /> 1. Promote the integration of Russian-speaking disabled, sick and long-term unemployed persons.<br /> 2. Prevent alienation and protect human rights: promote equal rights and opportunities.<br /> 3. Prevents indirect and institutional discrimination of Russian-speaking disabled people with an emphasis on the<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp; special needs of the disabled.</font><br /> <font color="#333333" face="Arial" style="font-size:13px">4. Help improving the quality of life of the target group by providing information on the health system, maintain physical<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; activity and improve self-service.</font><br /> <font color="#000000" face="Arial" style="font-size:13px">5. Broaden the knowledge of Finnish culture and customs, support for studying Finnish (language lessons) and provide<br /> &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; advice and guidance on how to contact other organizations.<br /> <br /> <b>The project &quot;PEGAS&quot;,</b> which was set up with the support of the Department of Social Services, Helsinki, includes the following activities: tips and advice by telephone, home visits, family support activities, support in crisis situations, assistance in the preparation of documents, provision of support for visiting social organizations.<br /> A special characteristic of our organization is that the disabled themselves are active members. Our organization gives persons with various degrees of disability the opportunity for self-realization.<br /> Our members trust us! We are approached with good news and bad, for it is always easier to approach another disabled person who thus speaks the same language, who knows all the problems first-hand and not by hearsay, or someone who lives with a disabled person. Our aim is to support disabled Russian-speaking immigrants in overcoming the language barrier during the assimilation stage and in securing social services. We also want to help the group in overcoming its autistic attitude towards Finnish social organizations, to help them realize themselves in their new life. Disabled persons learn not to turn in on themselves and their problems, and to find ways and means to provide concrete help to others.</font></div> <div id="wb_JavaScript1" style="margin:0;padding:0;position:absolute;left:998px;top:865px;width:197px;height:29px;text-align:left;z-index:10;"> <div id="basicdate" style="color:#C0C0C0;font-size:10px;font-family:Arial Black;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;text-decoration:none"></div> <script type="text/javascript"> var now = new Date(); var days = new Array('Sunday','Monday','Tuesday','Wednesday','Thursday','Friday','Saturday'); var months = new Array('January','February','March','April','May','June','July','August','September','October','November','December'); var date = ((now.getDate() < 10) ? 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