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Is it possible to live a full and independent life, having mental disability?

31 July 2017

A study on accessibility of services for people with intellectual and mental disabilities was presented in Minsk. The study "Assessment of the preparedness of services for people with intellectual and/or mental disabilities at the level of local communities in Belarus" was prepared by the Office for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as a part of the "Deinstitutionalization" information campaign. The company works in support of the regional project of the Lithuanian organization "Prospects of Mental Health" with the financial support of the European Union.

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: what changes are needed at the national and local levels

6 June 2017

The roundtable brought together representatives of state structures, NGOs and international organizations to discuss further steps aimed at implementation of the international document.

Sergey Drozdovsky: Society and the state have no right to help from a position of strength

15 May 2017

The doors of psychoneurological institutions are usually closed for strangers. We managed to talk with several women (for ethical reasons, names are not called) to find out what they lack and what they dream to change in their lives.

How Lepel becomes more accessible

16 March 2017

Lepel is among the regions which have joined the campaign “Agenda 50” and have started to prepare a strategy of implementation of the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities at a local level. 

Capacity: formalism, absence of individual approach and deprivation of civil rights.

29 May 2015

Today the world community understands that disability is not just a problem of a person’s health but a discrimination issue of access to human rights. Today this access can be more difficult because of disability. By the way, one of the key messages that should be promoted in Belarusian law should be the message of importance of achieving independence and integration into society by every concrete person.

How to make environment more accessible?

19 May 2015

Social experiments, interactive games, mobile exhibitions and mobile apps – these are only few examples of using different tools helping to expand accessibility in different spheres. Participants of the Accessibility Forum got acquainted with activities of NGOs and social organizations in Belarus in the frames of the Accessibility Week – 2015.

Bruce Bucknell: “Accessibility is more an issue of will than resources”

5 May 2015

The grand opening of the Accessibility Week – 2015 took place on April 24 and at the same time the exhibition of posters “Accessibility is -…” opened for visitors in Gallery TUT.BY

Exhibition of posters “Accessibility is -…” opens in Minsk

24 April 2015

Exhibition of posters “Accessibility is -…” opens in the frames of annual Accessibility Week in Minsk. Exposition will be opened for everyone from April 24 till April 30 in Gallery TUT.BY (Minsk Derzhinskogo av. 57) the entrance is free.

Mother: “It wasn’t easy to protect the right for common school but we haven’t regretted”.

21 April 2015

Andrey (the names are changed) went to a usual kindergarten and now goes to common school in spite of Down syndrome. Specialists insisted on studying at home but his mother (she has two other children) wasn’t afraid of difficulties and protected the right of her son to study at a common school. Today the boy studies just a little bit worse than his peers and according to the mother everyone at school is in good relations with him.

Accessibility Week 2015 will take place on April 24-30

21 April 2015

Accessibility Week will be held in Belarus for the third time and the Office for the rights of persons with disabilities is its initiator. “From accessibility to equality” – is the key slogan of the Accessibility Week which hasn’t lost it topicality during the years the Accessibility Week has been held.

“We have to move towards universalism of the environment – it will be comfortable for all”

23 March 2015

We are starting to prepare for “Accessibility Week – 2015” the main events of which are planned for April. We offer, together with the participants of the last Accessibility Week, to recollect what had been done, what useful things we shared during the last event and what topics should be covered better. If you have something to say and want to join the preparation or have any ideas which hwill make the Week more qualitative write to our email [email protected]

Tina Farni: “We need to share experience and specialists”

5 March 2015

In order to expand the accessibility of environment and make the use of the principles of the Convention of the rights of persons with disabilities more common there is a need to establish cooperation between specialists in post-soviet countries, - considers the head of the Russian branch of Rosa Luxemburg Foundation Tina Farni.

Defectologist: “We have to move from integrated to inclusive education”.

26 February 2015

Teacher-defectologist Evgenia Dailidenok had been working for 3 years in integrated class of Ozerets kindergarten of Glubokskiy district (Vitebsk Oblast). She considers that in educational process a lot depends on a teacher and that we should move from integrated education to inclusive.

Mother: “A lot depends on the teacher”

9 December 2014

– It was really difficult at first. She came home in tears and complained that she was bullied but now it’s OK. She goes to school by herself, she made some friends – Svetlana, Nastia’s mother shares her story. Nastia is a girl with disability who studies in a common class with other kids.