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  • What are the guiding principles of accessible education

    16 December 2013

    Problems of the accessibility of higher education for persons with disabilities were discussed in Minsk. Representatives of NGOs, Bologna committee and the Ministry of education, universities’ teachers and practicing lawyers took part in discussions of the topical round table organized by the Office for the rights of persons with disabilities.

    A lot of topical issues had been discussed: “very individual” approach to persons with disabilities who are entering higher educational establishments, inaccessibility of environment, absence of special educational equipment, unpreparedness of teachers and so on.

  • Statement on the International day of persons with disabilities

    10 December 2013

    On December 3 the world commemorates International day of persons with disabilities. This day is a usual one for long reports by state authorities in every country on solving the problems of persons with disabilities, the day of obligatory mentioning of disability issues in mass-media. But there is another way to commemorate this day – celebration. The reason can be state’s and society’s success in overcoming disability barriers and integration of persons with disabilities.

    It is not possible to think of the society’s development without understanding the generally accepted strategy, coordinated plan of actions. When we talk about disability it is the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities (UN 2006) which is the binding element between the development goals, importance of human dignity and states’ policies. 155 countries out of almost 200 have signed the Convention. They acknowledged and accepted its principles and started to observe and realize in practice the concrete rights of persons with disabilities, made a step towards the society of persons with special needs. The Convention has become the universal language of communication in solving disability issues, entrusted to state authorities.

  • Office’s specialists have prepared proposals on amendments to the Education Code

    22 November 2013

    There is a possibility that the next year the Education Code will be amended. It will be done after holding the monitoring based on the existing problems in this sphere.

    The Office’s specialists have many times emphasized that it is very important that NGOs should take part in working out draft laws, any state programs, including those for persons with disabilities. It will help to make draft laws really work and to be capable of solving concrete problems.

  • The third meeting on problems of public’s participation in development of state programs took place in Vitebsk

    14 November 2013

    Heads of regional NGOs working with problems of persons with disabilities and representatives of local authorities were invited to the discussion in the frames of informational campaign “Accessibility”. – We all have to discuss and right down our proposals. We have to think and speak out. The program of address aid is especially important and maybe we should start with it – says the head of Vitebsk Oblast organization “Beltiz” Konstantin Lamchanovsky.

    But we have to proceed from the real problems existing in the region. They can be very common, such as disability discrimination and can be very specific – inaccessible environment. There are some problems with public transport, service in public places and so on.

  • What is hiding behind the doors of Belarusian institutional care facilities for disabled?

    4 November 2013

    Institutional care facilities for disabled are the legacy of USSR. They are some kind of clinics, because historically disability was understood as an “irreversible diagnosis” and a person with a disability as a patient who can’t live without the constant medical treatment. Today all around the world and in Belarus those social practices are considered more successful that assist the independent living of persons with disabilities. The existence of institutions contradicts this approach. Besides, foreign experience shows that it is possible to organize independent living in local community, for example, in Denmark people don’t even remember what institutions are. Sergey Drozdovskiy, the coordinator of the Office for the rights of persons with disabilities says what we have and what we want to achieve.

  • Exhibition “Accessibility Symbol” in Minsk. October 22-31

    28 October 2013

    Opening ceremony of the “Accessibility Symbol” exhibition took place in the art room “ЦЭХ” on October 22nd. The exhibition will be working for 10 days and you can visit it in Minsk, Nezavisimosti av. 58, building 6.

    The ceremony was held in an intimate circle of persons holding the same views and everybody was impressed by the show by Patricia Kurganova, a laureate of international contests of singers, a participant of the Russian project “Voice” and the main thing – the person who inspired a lot of talented persons with disabilities, who are dreaming to realize their potential. Guests from the Republican association of wheelchair-bound disabled held master-class on secure accompanying and overcoming barriers.

  • Office for the rights of persons with disabilities starts the formation of state program on implementation of the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities in the Republic of Belarus

    11 October 2013

    Minsk, October 7 2013. Educational human rights defense organization “The Office for the rights of persons with disabilities” starts the new stage of informational campaign “Accessibility” aimed at the formation of state program on implementation of the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities in the Republic of Belarus 2016-2021. Events are scheduled for 24 months.

    The aim of this stage of the campaign is to influence the content and format of state programs for persons with disabilities in order to focus them on the norms of the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities.

  • Global entrepreneurship week this year will be barrier-free

    8 October 2013

    Organizers are planning to get rid of all the architectural barriers in places where the events will take place. Adapted and accessible environment is what Belarusian business lacks.

    Deputy Director of BEL.BIZ Anastasia Khomenkova says – When we speak about GEW we pay attention to the fact that we offer equal opportunities to companies and natural persons in promoting and realizing their ideas. We understand that everyone has his own possibilities which can be realized in different ways. By joining GEW you can become a partner, a sponsor, can visit events as a spectator or organize your own event.

  • Seminars for Belarusians on human rights of persons with disabilities continue in Warsaw

    3 October 2013

    How to “read” and protect your rights? What is discrimination and what is not? Is there a principal difference between the notions “equality” and “discrimination”? The participants of the second stage of the educational program “Lifetime education: employment and social activation of persons with disabilities” are looking for the answers to these and many other questions.

    The group of Belarusian specialists – representatives of state organizations, state social support services, educational spheres and mass-media – learn how persons with disabilities study and work in Poland.

  • The Office became a partner of the Global week of entrepreneurship in Belarus

    2 October 2013

    Global week of entrepreneurship will take place in Belarus on November 18-24. Our country for the third time will become a part of global entrepreneur’s movement, the week of entrepreneurship is held at the same time in 140 countries. Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.

    During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

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