Szociális szolgáltatások fejlesztése támogató technológiai eszközök biztosításával
a házi gondozás területén (TIOP-3.3.2-12/1-2013-0001)

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Few words about MEREK

The Rehabilitation Centre of People with Physical Disabilities (in Hungarian: Mozgássérült Emberek Rehabilitációs Központja, MEREK, is a national organisation active in the complex rehabilitation of people with physical disabilities, among them people with severe physical and multiple disabilities.

MEREK provides living home for 118 physically disabled people, and different rehabilitation services.
Clients life are facilitated by personal assistants.


Besides rehabilitation we facilitate our clients with the followings:

  • physicotherapy
  • psychological aid
  • social services
  • medical help
  • occupational therapy


Employment datas of Hungary

Hungary has the worst employment rata amongst the 27 European Union countries, in 2010 between people age 15-64 it is 55,3%, which is 9% lower than the European Union average.
The unemployment rate is 11% currently in Hungary.

There are big differences among regions in our country, the biggest unemployment rate is in northern Hungary (about 17%), Budapest is in the best situation because here the unemployment is only 9%.

The lowest level of employment is observed in the case of people with physical disabilities, 6,3%
One of the factors resulting in such bad employment figures is the use of non-suitable assistive tools as well as the lack of complex rehabilitation services. Therefore our main goal is to establish a national service that adapts assistive tools to the individual needs of users. This means the individual setup of the best suitable assistive equipment that requires the least energy from its user. We believe that through the use of suitable assistive tools the chances of employment of people with disabilities and their capacity to keep their workplace increase considerably.


About Gurulo project

MEREK launched its EU-funded national programme named Gurulo (“Rolling”, in September, 2008, with the main goal to enhance the social and labour market integration of people with physical disabilities through the establishment of a national network of regional workshops aimed at the development of assistive technology and special sports equipment. The total budget of the project is EUR 5.000.000

Guruló project

Project goals

  • Make the service, rent and adaptation of assistive tools available to people with physical disabilities.
  • Extend services to individual adaptations based on personal needs.
  • Train of rehabilitation professionals and other experts working in the provision, retail trade and maintenance of assistive tools.
  • Enhance the independence of people with disabilities through the supply of suitable assistive tools in order to increase their potential in the labour market.
  • Increase the level of employment of people with disabilities.


Practical goals

  • Establish an assistive technology and special sports equipment workshop in all 7 regions of the country (already achieved by the end of 2010).
  • Ensure the servicing background of assistive tools and special sports equipment.
  • Long-term employment of at least 30 people with disabilities after complex training (people have been hired and they are currently in their training).
  • Create partnerships with rehabilitation and sports organisations, interest groups of people with disabilities ensuring the dissemination and sustainability of services.
  • Disseminate ICF methodology to rehabilitation experts through training (a nationwide training programme in all the 19 counties is currently in progress). 
  • Raise the awareness of people with disabilities to make use of the rehabilitation services of the workshops and the members of the network.
  • Increase the labour market potential of people with disabilities through our services.
  • Create international partnerships in the field of development and commerce of assistive technology in order to ensure the exchange of expertise and effective operation.
  • Disseminate experiences and results gained from the project.