Motivation Romania Foundation is a non-governmental, non-profit organization, created in 1995 to support children and adults with disabilities. The services we offer a wide range of needs, from assessment and adapted equipment for different types of motor disabilities, to active recovery and training for independent living with a wheelchair instructor, advice on accessibility and adapted sports. To this day, Motivation has restored freedom of movement and hope for a fulfilling life to more than 27,000 people with disabilities in Romania.

Through Abilities matter photo gallery, we aim to highlight the different roles that wheelchair users can play and celebrate diversity. Even though people with disabilities are often associated with the idea of vulnerability or, on the contrary, with that of superhumans, in fact, people with disabilities are people just like everyone else. Disability is an integral part of the human condition. To be able to develop and use their skills in the communities they belong to, to be active and independent, disabled people need appropriate mobility equipment, an accessible environment and positive attitudes of the people around them, who practice inclusion and to cultivate empathy. People with disabilities are our neighbors, our colleagues or our children, they are drivers we meet in traffic, they are service providers we access daily. Sometimes we recognize them as disabled, sometimes not. There are invisible disabilities as well as temporary disabilities. As it may be, people define themselves by much more than the disability they live with, and that’s what we want to illustrate through the photo exhibition Abilities matter.

We are grateful to everyone who appears in the images on this website and shares their experience to build an inclusive world.

The online photo exhibition Abilities matter was created within the project “Advocacy for community access for wheelchair users”, implemented by Motivation Romania Foundation in partnership with Segoia Association, with the financial support of the Active Citizens Fund Romania, programme funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants 2014-2021. The project aims to support the social inclusion of people with disabilities by improving the mobility and health of wheelchair users.

The content of this website does not necessarily reflect the official position of the EEA and Norwegian Grants 2014-2021; for more information, visit Information about Active Citizens Fund Romania is available at

More information about the project can be found at the link:

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