Government Implementation of
the Standard Rules
As Seen By Member Organizations of
Inclusion International - ILSMH
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© Dimitris Michailakis 1997
National Association for Mentally Handicappped of Slovenia, Slovenia
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The officially recognized disability policy is expressed in law, in guidelines adopted by the government, in guidelines adopted by a national disability council and in policy adopted by NGOs. According to the Government, disability policy is not expressed in guidelines adopted by a national disability council nor in policy adopted by NGOs.
Since the adoption of the Rules, the government has not done anything to initiate or support information campaigns conveying the message of full participation. The Government states having initiated and supported information campaigns conveying the message of full participation.
The rights of persons with disabilities are protected by a combination of special legislation and general legislation.
General legislation applies to persons with different disabilities with respect to education, employment, the right to marriage, the right to parenthood/family, political rights, access to court-of-law, the right to privacy and to property rights. The following benefits are guaranteed by law to persons with disabilities: health and medical care, training, rehabilitation and counselling, financial security. The benefits of employment and independent living and participation in decisions affecting themselves are partially guaranteed.
No new legislation concerning disability has been enacted since the adoption of the Rules.
There are rules to ensure accessibility of the built environment requiring that public places, the outdoor environment, means of public transport, and housing are made accessible. According to the Government, rules to ensure accessibility require that public places are made accessible. Accessibility in the built environment is observed by the Ministry of Environment. According to the Government, accessibility in the built environment is observed by the constructor. The following measures have been promoted by the government in order to facilitate accessibility in the built environment: levelling off pavements, marking parking areas, installing automatic doors, lifts and accessible toilets, ensuring access to public places, improving accessibility in housing and installing special lighting for visually impaired. According to the Government, measures such as levelling off pavements, improving accessibility in housing and ensuring access to public places are not promoted. There is a special transport for persons with disabilities available for medical treatment, education, work and recreational purpose. According to the Government, special transport is not available for recreational purpose. The most difficult obstacles, when planning to build accessible environments, are attitudinal factors and economic/budgetary factors.
The following services are provided in order to facilitate information and communication between persons with disabilities and others: literature in Braille/tape, news magazines on tape/Braille, sign language interpretation (available for any purpose) and easy readers for persons with mental disabilities.
Organizations of persons with disabilities
There is a national umbrella organization. There are legal provisions mandating the representatives of persons with disabilities to participate in policy development and to work with governmental institutions. According to the Government, there are no such legal provisions. Organizations of persons with disabilities are always consulted, when laws and regulations with a disability aspect are being prepared. Consultations occur at the national level. The government financially supports existing or new organizations of persons with disabilities by means of a special law about lottery. Persons with disabilities participate to a very limited extent in judicial authorities but to a great extent in legislatures, political parties and NGOs. The role of disabled persons organizations is to advocate rights and improved services, mobilize persons with disabilities, identify needs and priorities, participate in the planning, implementation and evaluation of services and measures, contribute to public awareness, provide services and promote/organize income generating activities.
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