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  • May 5 – International day of protection of persons’ with disabilities rights

    7 May 2014

    People all over Europe celebrate International day of protection of persons’ with disabilities rights. On this day in 1992 persons with disabilities from 17 countries held the first European day of fight for equal rights and against discrimination. Since then similar actions were held every year on May 5 on Europe Day. On this day round tables and wide public discussions of disability issues, demonstrations and actions aimed at attracting attention to the most topical issues for persons with disabilities are held.

    On the initiative of ENIL this year’s May 5th is celebrated under the slogan “Stop Disability Cuts”. The main call by the network of organizations working with persons with disabilities is the call to respect special needs of persons with different types of disabilities and the need to provide these people with such conditions of environment in which they can equally participate in all the spheres of life.

  • How to make informal education accessible for everyone

    16 April 2014

    Specialists of the Association of Life-Learning and Enlightenment in cooperation with experts of the Office for the right of persons with disabilities prepared recommendations on inclusion in the sphere of informal education. This work is unique for Belarus, because if the topic of inclusion was discussed in Belarus in the past it was only in the context of traditional education.

    If NGOs, educational groups and courses take the prepared advices as the basis it will help people with disabilities to study and to get new knowledge and skills. It will make all the system of informal education more accessible.

  • National mass-media write little and superficially about employment of persons with disabilities

    9 April 2014

    These are the results of a new research held by specialists of the Centre for European Transformation and the Office for the rights of persons with disabilities. Employment of persons with disabilities is covered in less than a fourth of all the publications about disability. These results were obtained after the analysis of national mass-media – printed and internet. By the way, the research was held with the participation of such printed mass-media as “AIF”, “Belorusy I Rynok”, “Respublika”, “SB – Belarus Today”, BelGazeta”, “Delo” and many others.

  • The Office welcomes the decision by the Ministry of Labour

    26 March 2014

    A concept of State program of social integration of persons with disabilities for 2016-2020 is being developed in Belarus. Representatives of the Ministry of Labour and social protection say that the document should provide the complex character of formation and realization of social integration of persons with disabilities to all the spheres: healthcare, education, employment, social protection, information, culture, sport etc. Such conceptual approach will help to create a complex common network of accessibility of the social infrastructure objects taking into account peculiarities of some categories of citizens – disabled and physically weak people.

    Representatives of state authorities emphasize the importance of interdepartmental cooperation of bodies and organizations.

  • Why do mass-media pay little attention to Paralympics?

    25 March 2014

    We decide to ask this question to people who work in mass-media. Some of them consider that “Paralympic silence” is the Soviet habit, others – that it is the position of TV-channels’ editors. Let’s look into the matter.

    Sergey Drozdovskiy, project coordinator of the Office for the rights of persons with disabilities:

    - A person who is not familiar with Olympic peculiarities and who bought tickets to the Paralympics is not likely to understand the difference. This year almost all places were occupied, it was difficult to buy tickets. What is happening? People want a show! I heard some people were discussing an interesting thing: “Why wouldn’t they join Paralympics and Olympics?! These two events are both equally interesting!”

  • Polish prison: life of inmates with disabilities

    4 March 2014

    Jarek Kopczuk, HR defender, a representative of Helsinki foundation on human rights tells why other inmates do not help disabled ones; why administration is ready to pay for household running costs and to help a released prisoner with employment and a place to live.

    - Can you tell us about the conditions people with disabilities are kept in Polish prison? Very often such inmates need some special conditions.

  • Public control over the realization of state programs is needed

    11 February 2014

    Office for the rights of persons with disabilities continues the series of regional meetings on the participation of public in the process of the preparation of state programs. The last meeting took place in Mogilev and before it in Viciebsk, Minsk and Brest.

    The coordinator of the Office for the rights of persons with disabilities Sergey Drozdovskiy emphasizes that state programs are worked out and adopted at the level of ministries, realized - at local. The quality of these documents depends on how the existing situation is reflected in them. NGOs working on the topic know what to include to state programs and how to improve them, that is why their potential shouldn’t be underestimated. Besides, the participation in creation of state programs is a chance to introduce to the legislation the norms making it closer to international which is oriented to the principles of the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.

  • Why is higher education inaccessible to the majority of people with disabilities?

    7 February 2014
    Only 10 percent of people with disabilities in Belarus have higher education. What is preventing these people from getting higher education and how to overcome these barriers?
    – Today disability all over the world is understood as the problem of interaction of a person and the environment. The best way to avoid exclusion from the society is to get higher education, – says Sergey Drozdovskiy, the coordinator of the Office for the rights of persons with disabilities. But higher education in our country is almost inaccessible for persons with disabilities. As on November 2013 about 10 percent out of 532 thousand persons with disabilities in Belarus got higher education. Among them 6 percent of wheelchair-bound adults, 10.7% with vision impairments, 6.3% with hearing impairments. 
  • Judge issues the final decision in case of Evgeny Shevko

    5 February 2014

    We remind that a young person in wheelchair a couple of months ago was going to fly to Estonia for the participation in a study visit. The inviting party while buying the tickets warned that the passenger needs special service. Airport staff guaranteed to provide Evgeny with a special wheelchair, without which it is not safe to board a plane.

    In practice it was in a different way: he was transported from the boarding ramp to his place not in a special wheelchair, but in a “chair” with four wheels.


  • The right to choose and dosed support instead of institutions

    31 January 2014

    Independent living of persons with disabilities is a trend in socially developed countries and specialists consider that our country has all the chances to follow it. The main thing is to organize social support properly, to create in local society a complex of services which will give a possibility to “special” people to realize their rights for labour, sufficient living level and will help to organize their life independently.

    According to Sergey Drozdovskiy, the project coordinator of the Office for the rights of persons with disabilities, historically every country has its own mechanisms of social protection, which have formed depending on the peculiarities of the country’s development. 

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