ERIC Number: ED089479
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Jan
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The Swedish Institute for the Handicapped--A Survey.
Swedish Inst. for the Handicapped, Bromma.
Briefly described are the financing, function, and organization of the Swedish Institute for the Handicapped established in 1968. Reported are increased funding by the Swedish government from 3.5 million Swedish kronas (Skr) in 1950/51 to over 200 million Skr (equivalent to 45 million U.S. dollars) in 1972/73 for technical aids and improved housing for the handicapped, and distribution of aids by County councils. Diagramed is a plan of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare for local and national governmental management of aids for the disabled. The following are among governmentally regulated Institute activities: observation of technical aid development, program preparation for research and development, coordination of regional programs, and analysis of personnel training needs. The Institute is reported to have a staff of 80 technical, paramedical and professional employees, to cooperate with 60 government offices and 20 organizations for the handicapped and to operate on income (7 million Skr in 1972/73 derived mainly from the government. Noted is cooperation of the Institute with the Board of Technical Development in planning of research and development of technical aids. Testing and evaluation of aids is said to focus on selection criteria emphasizing safety and low costs, and to involve cooperation with other institutes such as the Karolinska Institute. Cited is the role of the International Center of Technical Aids, Housing, and Transportation (under the Institute's auspices) in investigating joint international testing of aids. Discussed are product development, information dissemination activities such as conferences, investigations, and organizational aspects. An organizational diagram of the Institute is included. (MC)
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Authoring Institution: Swedish Inst. for the Handicapped, Bromma.
Identifiers - Location: Sweden