Sjálfsbjörg, The National Confederation of Physically Disabled People

The goal of Sjálfsbjörg Confederation is to fight for full equality of physically disabled people in Iceland and to inform the public about the circumstances of physically disabled people. To reach this goal, Sjálfsbjörg Confederation cooperates with the government, municipalities, various interest groups, and individuals in Iceland. Despite improvements for disabled people over the years, there is still a long way to go to reach full equality.

Services

Sjálfsbjörg Confederation runs a rental service with mobility equipment for physically disabled people called Hjálpartækjaleiga Sjálfsbjargar. The Hjálpartækjaleiga Sjálfsbjargar rental offers a variety of equipment such as wheelchairs and walkers for short term rentals for residents of Iceland and visitors.

Hjálpartækaleiga Sjálfsbjargar rental is located in Hátún 12, 105 Reykjavík and is open Monday to Friday from 11:00 – 15:00. You can visit their website at https://www.sjalfsbjorg.is/hjálpartækjaleiga/ or send them an email at leiga@sjalfsbjorg.is for information and rentals.

Sjálfsbjörg Confederation is a partner and sponsor to Ramp Up Iceland. Ramp Up Iceland aims to build 1000 ramps in four years all over Iceland. You can follow the progress at https://www.rampur.is or follow Sjálfsbjörg Confederation Instagram account @sjalfsbjorg_landssamband.

Sjálfsbjargarhúsið (e. House of Sjálfsbjörg) is an apartment and office building owned by Sjálfsbjörg Confederation. In the building the confederation offers accessible housing for rent to people with disabilities. A variety of operations can be found in the building, alongside accessible apartments and offices for rent. Noticeably Sjálfsbjargarheimilið (e. Home of Sjálfsbjörg), a rehabilitation center with a swimming pool. As well as the office of Sjálfsbjörg Confederation, office of Sjálfsbjargarheimilið and the office of the Reykjavík chapter of Sjálfsbjörg.

Sjálfsbjörg Confederation operates a knowledge center for disabled people in Iceland called Þekkingarmiðstöð Sjálfsbjargar . On their website is information about support available from municipalities and government, as well as accessible recreational options. Unfortunately, all the information is in Icelandic, but everybody is welcome to send an email to info@sjalfsbjorg.is with any inquiries regarding disability in Iceland.

History

Sjálfsbjörg Confederation has a long history in Iceland and was established in 1959. The first chapter was established in Siglufjörður in 1958 and now Sjálfsbjörg has 12 chapters all over Iceland. Since 1963 Sjálfsbjörg Confederation has been a proud member of Nordisk Handikap Förbund (NHF) a confederation of organizations for disabled people in the Nordic countries. In 1966 the building of Sjálfsbjargarhús started and in 1973 the first inhabitants moved in. After a prosperous growth period the rehabilitation center with the pool was ready in 1988.

The opening hours of Sjálfsbjörg Confederation are Monday through Friday, 9:00 – 12:00 and 13.00 – 15:00 (GMT)

Tel. +354 5500 360

Email: info@sjalfsbjorg.is