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Working age people are invited to take part in the pilot project for technical aids.

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Working age people are invited to take part in the pilot project for technical aids

The Social Insurance Board, in cooperation with the Ministry of Social Affairs, will carry out a pilot project for technical aids from 1 January through 30 June of next year. Within the framework of the project, people of working age without a disability or loss of ability to work will also receive technical aids at a state discount. In order to receive the technical aid a certificate for a technical aid, issued by a doctor or other specialist, is required.

According to Tiia Orlovski, Head of the Technical Aid Unit of the Social Insurance Board, the goal of the six-month-old pilot project is to determine the actual need for technical aids among people of working age who have not been diagnosed with a disability or loss of ability to work.

Working age people between the ages of 16-63, and those who are in the process of applying for a disability or whose ability to work is being assessed and whose need for the aid has already been determined are eligible to take part in the project and will also receive aid. In this way, it will be possible to begin using the aid much faster,’ said Orlovski.

‘The project could primarily benefit people who have not been diagnosed with a disability or loss of capacity to work – for example, joint patients who would receive help from a hand orthosis; a person who has survived a stroke or has been similarly diagnosed and who needs a wheelchair’, he said, pointing out some possible uses.

If the need for the technical aid is long-term in nature, it is also reasonable to apply for a disability and/or loss of capacity to work, so that the technical aid can continue to be used with state participation following the end of the pilot project.

In order to take advantage of the possibilities offered by the pilot project, the person must consult their family physician and signal to them that they would like to receive the service within the framework of the pilot project. The family physician will assess the situation and, if necessary, will be able to direct to a consultation with a medical specialist or other specialist. On the basis of the certificate, technical aids can be purchased or rented from the contractual partners of the Social Insurance Board participating in the pilot project.

Depending on the technical aid, a family doctor, specialist, nurse, physiotherapist, occupational therapist, midwife or optometrist can establish the need for the technical aid and issue a certificate. The list of technical aids can be found on the homepage of the Social Insurance Board (PDF) (PDF).

More detailed options and project conditions can also be found on the Board’s website. The European Social Fund is financing the pilot project ‘Providing aid to working-age people without a disability or loss of capacity for work’ under the measure ‘Creation and implementation of a work capacity support scheme’.