The Right to Live in the Community: Making it happen for people with intellectual disabilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia and Kosovo
The right to live in the community is a fundamental right for all people with disabilities. This is made clear by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) which recognizes the right of all people with disabilities, regardless of the type or degree of their physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairment, to live in the community.
This report concerns the situation of people with intellectual disabilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo under UN Security Council Resolution 1244, Montenegro and Serbia. It describes how five organisations working in the region have successfully developed innovative services to support people with intellectual disabilities to live in their communities as equal citizens. The purpose of this report is to
- Highlight the importance of developing a range of client-focused community-based services as alternatives to institutionalisation;
- Demonstrate that such services can successfully be developed in the region;
- Identify barriers to the development of such services; and
- Make recommendations on how to address such barriers
The report is available in English, Serbo-Croat and Albanian.
Disability Monitor Initiative in South East Europe is managed by the Center for Society Orientation – COD (Centar za orijentaciju društva).
The mandate of COD is to support capacity building of local actors in the Republic of Serbia and other countries of Southeast Europe during transition period, in order to enable all marginalized groups, with a special focus on people with disabilities, enjoying their fundamental human rights and equal opportunities.