The Association

The Association for Independent Living (AVI) is a nonprofit association created by Medical Mutual and MUTUAM to promote the use of supporting products and technology to improve the quality of life of dependent and disabled people.

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AVI's objectives are:

Improvement of the autonomy of dependent and/or disabled people through the use of supporting products and technology.
Individual evaluation
The interdisciplinary team makes a personalized assessment and incorporates support products that allow a better quality of life for dependent and/or disabled people.
And cooperate with organizations and professionals in the field of accessibility to the home and public spaces on behalf of dependent and/or disabled people.
With public and private research and innovation institutions for support products and computer and robotic applications intended for dependent and/or disabled people.
Educate and train groups of professionals and family members so they can provide better care for people with disabilities and / or dependency.

Historical overview

Board of Directors

The Association for Independent Living (AVI) is a nonprofit association created in 2007 by Medical Mutual and Mutuam to promote the use of supporting products and technology to improve the quality of life of disabled people with dependence and elderly.
The idea of creating the Center for Independent Living (hereinafter CVI) emerged in the late 2006 by a group of professionals with extensive experience in the field of care for people with disabilities. On April 17, 2007, Medical Mutual and Mutuam formed the Association for Independent Living, which supported the project. Around this organization they put together an interdisciplinary technical team to outline the center's needs.
In October 2006, the constitutional bases of the CVI where defined. On July 24, 2007 the Association for Independent Living signed a collaboration agreement with the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. With the signing of the agreement a partnership was also established between the AVI and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC) to promote activities and projects to help improve accessibility, social inclusion and independent living of all people.
The CVI has a research laboratory where they develop applied assistance and support for the elderly and it’s coordinated by the Head of the Accessibility Department at the UPC. On June 2, 2008 the CVI was inaugurated. The Association for Independent Living is affiliated to ECOM, which is a link between several associations related to the world of disabilities and handicaps.

At the General Assembly of the Association on 24th of February 2015 Dr. Ma. Asunción Torrents Fernández was elected as the new president of the AVI. It was also decided to include entities for the elderly in the field of disability and to incorporate individuals.

At the extraordinary meeting on the 8th of July 2015, amendments to the bylaws of the organization were approved and it was created an Advisory Board. Requests of organizations in the field of the elderly and the disabled were accepted and they become members of the AVI: FATEC (Federació d’entitats de gent gran), ALZHEIMER CATALUNYA FUNDACIÓ and the FUNDACIÓ ICTUS. Five individuals were also accepted as members.

A new composition of the board of the Association is elected. It consists of:

President:               Dra. Ma. Asunción Torrents

Secretary:               Ms. Anna Guix

Treasurer:               Mr. José Mario Ayuso

Board member 1:   Mr. Josep Arqués

Board member 2:   Representative of Alzheimer Catalunya



CIF Number: G64570617

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