Government Implementation of
the Standard Rules
As Seen By Member Organizations of
World Federation of the Deaf - WFD
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© Dimitris Michailakis 1997
Association Nationale des Deficients Auditif du Burkina Faso, Burkina Faso
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There is no officially recognized disability policy.
Since the adoption of the Rules, the government has conveyed the message of full participation through national seminars on rehabilitation.
The rights of persons with disabilities are protected by general legislation. There is no judicial mechanism to protect the rights of persons with disabilities. Non-judicial bodies include a special arbitration/conciliation body.
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 property rights. The following services are guaranteed by law to persons with disabilities: health and medical care, training, rehabilitation and counselling, employment, independent living and participation in decisions affecting themselves.
No new legislation concerning disability has been enacted, since the adoption of the Rules.
There are no rules to ensure accessibility in the built environment. There are no special transport arrangements for persons with disabilities. The most difficult obstacles, when planning to build accessible environments, are economic/budgetary factors and lack of legislation and regulations. There is no disability awareness component incorporated in the training of planners, architects and construction engineers.
Sign language is used as the first language in education of deaf people and is used as the main means of communication between deaf persons and others. There are government measures to encourage media to make their services accessible to persons with disabilities but no measures to make other forms of public information services accessible to persons with disabilities. The following services are provided in order to facilitate information and communication between persons with disabilities and others: literature in Braille/tape and sign language interpretation being available for major events.
Organizations of persons with disabilities
There is a national umbrella organization. There are no legal provisions mandating the representatives of persons with disabilities to participate in policy-making or to work with governmental institutions. Organizations of persons with disabilities are often consulted, when laws and regulations with a disability aspect are being prepared. Consultations occur at both the national, regional and local level. The government gives organizational/logistic support to organizations of persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities participate to a very limited extent in government, legislatures, and judicial authorities but to a great extent in political parties and NGOs. The role of organizations of persons with disabilities 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 concerning the lives of persons with disabilities, contribute to public awareness, provide services, and to promote/organize income generating activities.
Co-ordination of work
There is no national co-ordinating committee or any similar body.
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