About Us

Astangu Vocational Rehabilitation Centre is a unique centre in Estonia, offering various services based on clients' needs, developing the field of rehabilitation in Estonia and sharing competences with other service providers.

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Our mission and 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.


  • We notice and understand - we notice our clients, colleagues, partners; as experts, we understand them and take their needs into account.
  • We understand and set goals - through understanding we are able to set clear goals for our work with clients and for developing our sector.
  • We set and achieve goals “ by using the strengths of each person and sharing responsibility, we consiously and purposefully move forward.
  • We do it together “ we inspire others and co-operate in bringing together different knowledge and experiences in order to create meaningful life for everybody.

Our greatest value is the human being!

Vocational Rehabilitation programm

Astangu has been providing courses for people with special needs ever since the centre started operating in 1996.

Over the years, over 1000 people have graduated from a range of our courses.In the current, 2016/17 academic year, we have 115 students in 17 groups.

We currently offer the following programmes:

1. Prevocational training programmes

2. Vocational training programmes

3. Vocational education

4. Traumatic brain injury programme

Sheltered Workshops

Sheltered workshops in Astangu are designed for people who have special needs that are experiencing difficulties in finding a job. In the workshops, clients have the chance to do interesting work assignments according to their abilities, with their special needs considered.

The main objectives of the workshops are:


  • developing work ethic in the client
  • developing the client through work
  • if possible, finding a job in the open labour market

There are 2 different sheltered workshops in Astangu:

  •  carpentry
  • handicrafts and simple task workshop (packing, folding, assembling and various other tasks)



Our rehabilitation team comprises a speech therapist, psychiatrist, rehabilitation doctor, creative therapist, psychologists, social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, activity supervisors and social caretakers.

We provide:

  • Assessment and counselling service

The assessment includes preliminary interviews and multidisciplinary assessments resulting in suggestions for available improvement opportunities. Annually, around 150 clients are assessed.

  • Supportive rehabilitation

Clients who participate in study courses, sheltered workshops and rehabilitation programs follow their individual development plan to get needed supportive rehabilitation. Annually, around 100 clients receive some individual or group rehabilitation.

  • State rehabilitation services for people of working age (16-64) with special needs

The provision of the services is funded by the Social Insurance Board. Providing state rehabilitation services allows us to create a rehabilitation plan and provide services described in the rehabilitation plan as an individual or program based service. Annually, around 150 clients receive state rehabilitation services.

In cooperation with Ministry of Social Affairs, other service providers and client organizations we develop rehabilitation services, pilot new approaches, educate service providers and share our knowledge.


Employment Support

The most important aim of Astangu centre is to prepare people with special needs for work, support them in their search for suitable jobs and help them in adjusting with their jobs.

Our main areas of work-related activity are as follows:

  • Preparing students for work through career-guidance classes, individual counseling and company visits.

During group work sessions (career guidance classes) and individual counseling, our clients can focus on different work related topics, such as job opportunities, employers' expectations, finding a job, suitable behaviour in the workplace, legislation,  and career services. During company visits, our clients can learn about the work environment and obtain a first-hand impression of a potential workplace.

  • Supporting students in finding traineeship places and providing continued support throughout the traineeship.

The process of finding traineeship opportunities takes place through close cooperation with clients, their parents and/or other people who provide them close support, vocational teachers, and (if necessary) rehabilitation specialists. When finding traineeship opportunities, client's abilities and skills are taken into account and preference will be upon traineeship sites near the client's home in order to maximise client's chances of finding a job in their home area.

  • Supporting graduates and alumni in finding jobs and in their work process.

We use the supported employment method as a basis for helping our clients achieve employment.  This method has been implemented successfully in many other countries. Instead of directly finding jobs for the students, we support them while they take the active role in the search process. By involving the clients and their support circle, we share the responsibility.  This ensures that the client's values are met, and that they keep their job long term.

  • Cooperating with employers, raising their awareness through various training events.

Cooperation with employers is a central activity of our vocational rehabilitation process in order to achieve the desired aim - client's employment. We are increasingly paying attention to educating employers because many companies have indicated low awareness of how to integrate people with specia needs into the labour market. In our employers' training day, we provide employers with information about people with special needs and their opportunities in the labour market, and discuss potential areas of cooperation.

In 2013, our employers' training day program won the Innovation Prize of European Platform for Rehabilitation.

Watch the video HERE.


Astangu is a member of European Platform for Rehabilitation since 2001.

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