SAMS – Samarbetsförbundet kring funktionshinder is an interest organisation for the Swedish nationwide disability organisations in Finland. The organisation’s aim is to promote and realise equality and full participation in society for people with disabilities and their relatives within the Swedish-speaking population in Finland.
SAMS – Samarbetsförbundet kring funktionshinder is an interest organisation that works with interest monitoring issues on a broad basis. The organisation is a non-partisan organisation. SAMS conducts an active dialogue with various players in the industry in various locations in the Swedish-speaking-Finland. SAMS makes petitions and proposals to various authorities. The organisation monitors the members’ legal interests and works to improve the living conditions of people with disabilities. SAMS also strives to identify the needs of the target group and gather useful information.
SAMS informs about and follows current events in the Swedish-speaking disability area in Finland. SAMS distributes information in different locations and via different organisations. SAMS also shares the information at various events and educational occasions. SAMS is actively present on the web through the organisations website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. SAMS strives to regularly inform about what is going on within the organisation in the member organisations’ magazines. SAMS also works to change attitudes and prejudices in society.
The organisation works in a large geographical area. SAMS strives to have a broad field of cooperation. In addition to cooperation with the member organisations, SAMS also has several different partners in the social sector. The association has a representative in the nationwide disability council and a representative on the board of Vammaisfoorumi. SAMS is a member of Handikappforum, SOSTE, Förbundsarena and Fundamental Rights platform. SAMS also participates in the Quality of Life Network at Arcada.
”The purpose of the present Convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity. Persons with disabilities include those who have long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairments which in interaction with various
barriers may hinder their full and effective participation in society on an equal basis with others. ”