Raising awareness and helping people with special needs

Awareness weeks for people with special needs

Making Luxembourg City “A city for everyone”! Every year, the City of Luxembourg organizes Special Needs Awareness Weeks. The aim of this initiative is to stimulate exchanges between the general public and people with special needs, through a wide range of activities designed to raise residents’ awareness of the specific needs of certain people…

From April 25 to October 24, 2023, take part in Luxembourg City’s various events.

Every year, the City of Luxembourg organizes

The general public can attend workshops, theme evenings, conferences, information stands and screenings.

Dinner in the Dark

Once again this year, several of the town’s restaurants are joining in the action. They offer “Dinners in the Dark”. For the occasion, blind people will guide participants through their meal. Several dates are available for these dark meals. Places are limited, so advance reservations are essential. So book your meal in the dark now.

Days of reflection

Those with an interest in the subject can meet with associations and the people in charge at themed “Journées de réflexion”. They will be able to discuss actions already undertaken and priorities for the months ahead. These workshops take place at the Bonnevoie Cultural Center .

City tours

You can also take a fresh look at the city with the help of experienced guides. You can discover the remarkable Unesco sites and follow the walks and hikes offered by the Luxembourg Tourist Office.

An “Inclusion” gala will bring these Awareness Weeks to a close on May 19. It will take place at the Conservatoire de Musique in Merl on the theme of Art and Culture.

You will find the complete program as well as the practical information of these weeks of awareness for people with special needs on the website vdl.lu .

Allowances and assistance for the disabled

The “Awareness Weeks for People with Special Needs” are an opportunity to remind people of the various measures in force in Luxembourg.

In 2007, Luxembourg ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Since then, numerous initiatives and measures have been taken to meet the needs of disabled people.

Long-term care insurance

Long-term care insurance covers the cost of care for disabled people living at home or in a specialized center. To qualify, all purchases and work must first be approved by theAdministration d’évaluation et de contrôle de l’assurance dépendance.

Financial assistance for home improvements

In addition, the Ministry of Housing’s Service des Aides au Logement offers financial assistance for home improvements to meet the needs of people with reduced mobility. These special adaptations are designed to make it easier for people with disabilities to move around their homes, or to equip kitchens and bathrooms accordingly.

Other specific aids for disabled people

Disabled children can also benefit from additional financial aid to cover the extra expenses incurred as a result of their disability. Parents can contact the Caisse pour l’Avenir de l’Enfant directly to apply for the Allocation Spéciale Supplémentaire.

In addition, anyone suffering from a visual or hearing impairment is entitled to financial assistance from the Ministry for the Family. This aid enables you to follow a vocational training course despite your disability.

Finally, “severely disabled” people can claim a supplementary income (RPGH) when they can no longer enter the world of work because of their disability. ADEM is the organization in charge of studying the file to obtain the RGPH.

Mobility and accessibility for the disabled

People with reduced mobility can benefit from a number of services to help them get around and go about their daily lives in Luxembourg.

Transport for people with reduced mobility

The Adapto service is an on-demand bus service on presentation of a card. Like all public transport services, Adapto is free of charge.

Thanks to a parking card issued by the Ministry of Transport, disabled people can use parking spaces reserved exclusively for the disabled. The card must be affixed behind the vehicle’s windscreen.

There are no longer any priority cards on public transport since it became free.

Roll & Run in Luxembourg, the inclusive race of the ING Night Marathon

The Roll& Run is an integral part of the awareness-raising weeks. You can take part in the inclusive Roll&Run race on May 20, 2023 from 5pm.

This race is dedicated solely to people on wheels or castors. Participants can enjoy the friendly atmosphere of theING Night Marathon. The Roll&Run starts at 6pm, for all participants on wheels or castors.

The Roll&Run is open to all, wheelchair users, parents with baby carriages, etc. However, electric machines, bicycles, skates and rollerblades are not permitted.

Starting from the Champ du Glacis in the Limperstberg district, participants enjoy the extraordinary atmosphere of the ING Marathon. Festive, friendly atmosphere guaranteed! The race is not timed.

The registration fee is 5 euros. All proceeds will be donated to the “LUX Rollers Asbl” association.