The “Polichni” Guesthouse has been open since March 1996 under the auspices of “Amimoni”.

It is an Independent Living Educational Programmefor multiply disabled visually-impaired people and is the only one running in Greece.

It aims to help multiply disabled visually-impaired individuals to develop independent living skills.
Independent Living does not mean “live by myself”. It means living in an environment of equal opportunities and providing a range of options so that multiply disabled people can control their daily life. Multiply disabled individuals have the right to live in such a way that personal development, communication, maximum autonomy, social inclusion and support are possible.

The programme runs at a residence in Chalandri. In the particular property, the required modifications have taken place so that multiply disabled visually impaired people can access and use it, such as a wheelchair ramp, pictograms, orientation signs, use of different materials and contrasting colours.

The core principles of the underpinning philosophy of the programme are the following:

  • avoiding institutionalization
  • providing lifelong learning in daily living activities and hence
  • enriching the learners’ and their families’ quality of life

The programme aims for each learner to be able to:

  • Enjoy, change and manage their personal space
  • Develop independent living skills
  • Receive education in all aspects of their life
  • Meet and preserve the living standards
  • Use their time creatively
  • Develop their own opinion
  • Cover their emotional and social needs
  • Gain new experiences
  • Use the community resources efficiently
  • Participate in activities in the wider community

Who can benefit
Participants in the programme are learners, aged 8 – 45 years old, experiencing one or more of the following disabilities:

  • Visual Impairment
  • Autism
  • Mobility Problems
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Epilepsy
  • Psychiatric Disorders
  • Hearing Impairment


Over the course of this programme, the participants and their families improved the quality of their life. Parents had more free time, while learners were exposed to different experiences through co-living and adjusted themselves to living outside their family homes. Moreover, learners improved their social behaviour and communicational skills.

Additionally, the experience we gained from the programme emphasised the need to create adapted properties (for short or long-term accommodation) and the importance of employing permanent and specialist staff in them.