About Þroskahjálp (Easy to read)

Þroskahjálp works for people with disabilities, to ensure that they are able to enjoy their rights. It focuses on helping people with intellectual disabilities and all disabled children and young people.

Þroskahjálp adheres to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. It also follows the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Easy-to-read)


Who are our members?

  • There are 20 groups that are members of Þroskahjálp. These are groups for people with disabilities, for people with a family member with a disability, and for people who work with and for people with disabilities.

  • These groups operate all over Iceland and have 6,000 members. 

  • Þroskahjálp also works with groups abroad who are also fighting for the rights of people with disabilities.

Fighting for rights

  • Þroskahjálp has always focused mainly on human rights.

  • It wants society to address the issue of the rights of people with disabilities.

  • People with disabilities must be involved in all activities regarding the issues affecting them and must always be asked for their opinions.

  • Society is diverse and everybody should enjoy rights and have opportunities. 

  • People with disabilities should enjoy the same rights as other people. They should receive help to live a good and independent life. 

  • Þroskahjálp works a lot with the authorities: the State and the municipalities. Þroskahjálp is constantly monitoring the situation and putting pressure on the authorities to give people with disabilities the rights and services they are entitled to. It tries to put pressure to ensure that disabled people get the same rights and opportunities as other people living in Iceland.

  • Iceland has promised to follow the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and there remains a lot that Iceland could do better. People with disabilities still do not get adequate services and support to be able say that there is full equality.

  • This means that Þroskahjálp is as important today as it was when it was set up in 1976. We must keep fighting for the rights of people with disabilities.

Do you want more information on Þroskahjálp’s work? 

  • If you have any questions, you can contact Þroskahjálp by e-mail or call us on 588 9390.

  • You can also book an appointment to talk to somebody at Þroskahjálp. Telephone interpreters are available.