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ENIL – Right for people with intellectual disability to live in society

The group of people with intellectual impairment are among those with a high representation of living in institutions today. Through this service these people not only do not have to live in larger institutions, or even in smaller ones. They can live lives choosing activities that make them happy and well-established. This decreases tendencies to […]

Disability Equality in Austria

It is true that the Act has been a step forward for advancing disability equality in Austria. However, improvements are urgently needed! Other laws, such as the Americans with Disability Act or the UK Equality Act, include already injunctive reliefs. The introduction of these kind of reliefs would enhance truly the right to accessibility for […]

The Right to Live Independently in Sweden

  Personal assistance has been described as ‘a revolution’ and is considered the most important achievement of the disability reform. The system of cash payments towards eligible individuals created a competitive market for personal assistance services consisting of about 15,900 assistance users, 230 local governments and over 1,100 private entities, these last employing a total […]

Reduction of suicide – the Swedish Personal Ombudsman

Support by a Personal Ombudsman shows highly positive response rates and reduces guardianship, isolation, drug addiction, homelessness, suicide and violence amongst the individuals addressed. As well, calculations have shown that PO operations reduce costs by approximately €80,000 per assisted person over a five year period! That is why Sweden decided to expand this system on […]

The Right to Inclusive Education – Impressive numbers!

Italy is, so far, the only European country in which almost all (99.6%) disabled pupils, out of a total of 170,000 (in 2007-2008), were included in mainstream schools. In Italy inclusive education is achieved with the help of over 90,000 specialized teachers for learning support and an additional 25,000 educators employed by the schools. As […]

Access to Justice for persons with intellectual or mental disabilities

78% are victims of crime As established by the Investigation and Testimony Procedures Law, in Israel, a Special Investigator is now assisting police interrogations of persons with disabilities.  In addition, the law provides for important adaptations to the testimony given in court, including the exemption from cross-examination as a witness. From 2007 to 2010, there […]

Good Policy from British Columbia

Representation Agreements are praised by the disability community as highly successful in providing legal recognition of supported decision-making. They significantly prevent guardianship and are the reason why the number of private guardianships has remained fairly stable during the last years! The non-profit organisation Nidus provides a centre for excellence in Best Practice with personal planning […]

Sign language – Web TV

Web TV (www.deaf-tv.si) is a specialised medium for hearing impaired people and public in general. Its main role is to provide information to the deaf/hard of hearing in comprehensible way: using Slovenian sign language (SSL), plus subtitling and voice, and taking into consideration their different needs. Web TV was established in 2007 by the Deaf […]

Equal employment opportunities

Specialisterne is a for-profit company designed to assess, train and employ people with ASD (autism spectrum disorders). Specialist People Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of enabling one million jobs for people with ASD and similar challenges and thereby making societies globally respect and accommodate people with ASD as equal citizens. The Specialist […]

Social Indicators – interesting results

There are some interesting results, both positive and negative, amongst the social indicators in the Zero Project Report 2012.  For example, on the positive side, much seems to have been done both to ensure the accessibility of buildings open to the public and that, for those who need it, sign language is increasingly a sine […]