The Council of Europe calls upon countries to pay more attention to people with disabilities

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The Council of Europe on the international day of disabled persons on Saturday, urged the 47 countries members of the organization to bridge the gap between legal norms and everyday reality of people with disabilities.

According to the European forum of people with disabilities, about 80 million Europeans have a disability. That is, this problem affects almost every fourth family.

The Position Of Strasbourg

In a release sent to RIA Novosti news Agency the statement of the Secretary General of the Council, Thorbjorn Jagland, said that “over the past 10 years has done significant progress but we have been unable to bridge the gap between legal standards and everyday reality”.

He believes that “persons with disabilities continue to face widespread discrimination in education and employment, and they are also at greater risk of becoming victims of violence and harassment”.

“We need to focus on abilities, not disabilities. Legislators should develop laws, policies and practical approaches that provide individuals with disabilities independence, freedom of choice and full and effective participation in life in all spheres”, — said the Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

Strategy 17-23

In this context he reminded about the new strategy Council for the rights of persons with disabilities (2017-2023). Jagland urged the Council of Europe to do everything in order to “make human rights a reality for all”. He noted that “our new strategy opens the way”. The document will be officially launched at the conference in Cyprus on 27-28 March 2017.

The new strategy regulates the relations of the Council of Europe and the handicapped, considers the problem of the rights of people with disabilities in education, training, speaks of the inadmissibility of discrimination, dwells on the problem of accessible environment.

In an interview with Russian journal Disability.Today Jagland explained, speaking about the strategy that it, “focuses on the need to move away from the concept of “limited capacity” to the concept of “opportunities” — all measures must be designed to enable persons with disabilities to participate in all activities of the society, in the whole of society like everyone else”.

“Of course, it should be implemented in all layers of society, and therefore governments should take special measures to ensure that people with disabilities can participate in sports events in the field of culture, education, in all activities,” — said the Secretary General. “Now, the focus is not on limiting opportunities and empowerment. It is very important to focus on the fact that each person should have the full opportunity. It is much more than the old approach,” explained the Secretary General.

Answering the question about the Council countries, which practiced the coeducation of children with disabilities with normal children, Jagland stated that “it is also an extremely important issue because the basic strategy should be to all children, regardless of the capabilities would be in school, would in school”.

“Inclusiveness, inclusiveness – that’s the main thing. Children with disabilities should not segregrate in separate classes, they should be in regular schools, in regular classes, and many of our member States are already implementing, but, of course, it should be implement and in other countries where this is not yet”, — said the Secretary General.

Restrictions only in my head

Answering the question of which today there are problems with integration into society of people with disabilities, the Secretary General of the Council pointed out that “the main problem is the perception that attitudes towards people with disabilities”.

“Many people believe that these people can do less than other people, but we believe that people with disabilities have an advantage because they become stronger”, — said the Secretary General.

Jagland said that he saw the example of your son, who has diabetes. “It was believed that diabetes is very much limited life, but it turned out that it is not so: we must learn to live in the conditions created, and gives man new powers, new capabilities, and in some cases great opportunities to develop some aspects of their lives,” — said the Secretary General.

“So that limits are often in the minds of these people when we are talking about people”, he concluded

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