Travel is important for everyone, including Thalidomide-affected people. It plays a key role in enabling people to visit family and friends, experience new things and leave their everyday routines behind. For people affected by Thalidomide, even taking a walk in their own neighbourhood can be challenging. For this reason, we provide support for travel and other activities outside the home by paying the costs for personal accompaniment. We have learned that this support is essential for many Thalidomide-affected people, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, and we have doubled the maximum support amount for the year 2020.
Many doctors are unfamiliar with how to support Thalidomide-affected people. This is why we can enable you to visit one of the Thalidomide competence centres in the city of Hamburg or in the county of Rhein-Sieg. We provide funding for personal accompaniment over a three-day period, giving you time to seek advice and treatment from experts.
Would you like to apply for personal accompaniment?
How it works:
- Please send us a completed questionnaire. On request, we will also be glad to send you the questionnaire by post or e-mail.
- A copy of your ID for severely disabled people or your parking card is required on first request.
- With the exception of parents and children, as well as partners living in the same household, anyone can serve as a personal accompaniment.
- The accompanying person is responsible for paying any necessary social security contributions and taxes themselves.
- After the trip or activity outside the home is complete, the accompanying person submits the completed invoice form.
- The promised amount will be transferred to the accompanying person’s bank account at the end of the month.
In addition, we cover the costs of an accompanying person for up to three days for the purpose of a visit to a Thalidomide competence centre by people recognised by the Contergan Foundation for Disabled People. In this case, we kindly ask you to complete an application before making your trip.