General Info

Astangu Vocational Rehabilitation Centre
Country: Estonia
Name of EPR Director: Kert Valdaru
Name of EPR Centre Coordinator: Annemari Parmakson


Mission & Vision

Astangu Vocational Rehabilitation Centre provides rehabilitation services and scholarly courses to working-age people with special needs. As a valued partner of the Ministry of Social Affairs, we work to improve the social services sector, with an emphasis on vocational rehabilitation in Estonia.
Our mission is to create opportunities for people with disabilities developing their operational and work abilities and supporting them on the way to labour market. Astangu Vocational Rehabilitation Centre is a leading centre in Estonia in the field of social and vocational rehabilitation with the aim to support people with special needs in their process of self-actualisation.


Target group(s)

Working age people with:

  • learning difficulties
  • intellectual disabilities from mild to moderate
  • congenital and/or chronic health impairments
  • hearing loss or deaf people
  • acquired physical disabilities and traumatic brain injury
  • mental health conditions, including people with autism


Areas of Expertise

  • Employment
  • Vocational Education and Training (VET)
  • Prevocational courses
  • Social Care and Independent Living
  • Assessment & counselling
  • Study opportunities
  • Sheltered workshops
  • Rehabilitation services
  • Supported employment service
  • Consultations regarding environment adaptation
  • Mental Health and well-being
  • Quality of Life
  • Quality of service


Social and rehabilitation services

  • Work/Vocational rehabilitation
  • Social Rehabilitation Service

The aim of services related to work rehabilitation is to increase the ability of a person to work and provide them with a better opportunity to cope with the labour market. Work rehabilitation may be needed to improve mobility skills or speech, to learn how to use assistive equipment and to resolve psychological problems. Advice may also be needed to gain motivation and boost self-confidence, to learn how to cope with a disability or illness on a daily basis. If necessary, the rehabilitation team can help with integration into work life, providing advice to the employer on how to organise work more suitably or adjust the working environment.
Social rehabilitation helps people to learn new coping skills, achieve a psychological balance and to choose the right remedy tool.


Areas of excellence and innovative services

  • Assessment of ability to work- searching for existing methods and development of assessment system for Astangu and other rehabilitation service providers in Estonia.
  • Development of workplace-based rehabilitation programmes in co-operation with employers.
  • Importing and development of methods/ tools to raise quality of services and achieve desired outcomes in vocational rehabilitation.
  • In addition to customer service, we are developing the social and educational spheres of Estonia by participating in national and international development projects, several workshops and round tables, organising trainings and information days for specialists in the field, and offering internships to future specialists.



Astangu Vocational Rehabilitation Centre
Astangu street 27
13519 Tallinn