These international and European texts are useful instruments to promote the rights and dignity of persons with disabilities. They are often used by disabled people's organizations to lobby their government.
A tool-kit for including Design-for-All in public procurement under the new EU public procurement directives.
This document outlines the fundamental principles of Universal Design, the design of products and environments to be usable by all people to the greatest extent possible without the need for adaptation or specialized design.
The European Institute for Disability and Design (EIDD) adopted the Stockholm Declaration in 2004 which outlines the principles of Design-for-All and calls on European institutions, local and national governments to take all measures necessary to implement Design-for-All in their policies.
of the European parliament and of the Council on the coordination of procedures for the award of public work contracts, public supply contracts and public service contracts. And
of the European parliament and of the Council on coordinating the procurement procedures of entities operating in the water, energy, transport and postal service sectors.
These two EU public procurement directives are intended to ensure non-discriminatory access to markets which means that for the first time, accessibility and employment of people with disabilities have been introduced into public procurement of goods, services and works.
on the approximation of the laws of the Member States relating to lifts establishes European legal requirements for the design, installation and placing on the market of new lifts which include accessibility standards.
It also sets out the conformity assessment procedures to be followed by lift installers to ensure conformity with these requirements.
used for the carriage of passengers comprising more than eight seats in addition to the driver's seat, and amending Directives 70/156/EEC and 97/27/EC. These amendments call for accessibility standards to be applied for passenger vehicles with more than eight seats.
on measures for persons of reduced mobility on passenger ships. With this directive, accessibility standards will be applied to passenger ships.
British anti-discrimination legislation promoting equal opportunities of people with disabilities.
This anti-discrimination directive was adopted in 2000 and calls for employment equality and reasonable accommodation.
U.S. civil rights legislation prohibiting discrimination based on disability.
A report on the evolving status of children with disabilities in Central Eastern Europe including former Yugoslavia and CIS countries as the countries go through economic and political transition. The report draws on concrete examples of how children with disabilities are being included in society and looks at the development of community-based services and de-institutionalisation reforms.
A Strategy for Rehabilitation, Equalization of Opportunities, Poverty Reduction and Social Inclusion of People with Disabilities
A collaborative paper made by the WHO, UN agencies, DPOs and NGOs promoting a participatory approach to CBR within community development for the equalisation of opportunities and social inclusion of all people with disabilities.
Beyond De-Institutionalisation: The unsteady transition towards an enabling system for people with disabilities in South East Europe
This report is based on Handicap International’s 12 years of experience in South East Europe and it describes the innovative initiatives and best practices being under-taken on the grass-roots level in terms of disability services and reform measures needed to ensure equal opportunities and full participation of people with disabilities.
A detailed text on what the philosophy of independent living entails and how important it is for the empowerment of people with disabilities.
Disability Creation Process (DCP)
The DCP is a model for viewing disability from a perspective of social change, human rights, full participation, personal integrity and development. It was created in 1989 by Patrick Fougeyrollas and the Quebec Committee on the International Classification of Impairments, Disabilities and Handicap.
This comprehensive paper describes the shift in disability paradigms from the medical to social model underlining the importance of a human rights approach to disability.
UN Standard Rules on an Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities
Adopted in 1993 by the UN General Assembly, the Standard Rules are composed of 22 rules summarizing the World Programme of Action concerning people with disabilities.
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
This is the first international human rights treaty adopted in 1948 by the UN General Assembly.
The UN Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities
Currently in the negotiation process, this international convention will be finalised during the 8th Ad Hoc Committee in August 2006.
Tools for Action
A guide for implementing the UN Standard Rules on the local level involving all local stakeholders.
Disability Awareness in Action toolkit
A comprehensive resource toolkit on the various aspects of awareness raising including communication, fund-raising and media information.
Support to DPO's - Policy Paper - Handicap International
Izveštaj o zapošljavanju OSI 2011
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.
Ensuring access of people with disabilities to social services:
The need for regulatory mechanisms in South East Europe
This working paper presents the challenges and opportunities related to reforms of social services for people with disabilities in South East Europe. The paper also shows the central role of regulatory mechanisms in the process of service provision. It is available in English, Albanian and serbian.