Independent Living Institute


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 Sourds du Benin, Benin
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General policy

There is no officially recognized disability policy. Since the adoption of the Rules the government has not done anything to convey the message of full participation.


The rights of persons with disabilities are protected by general legislation. No new legislation concerning disability has been enacted, since the adoption of the Rules.


There are no rules to ensure accessibility of 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, technical factors, lack of legislation and regulations, lack of planning and design capacity and lack of knowledge, research and information. There is no disability awareness component incorporated in the training of planners, architects and construction engineers.

Sign language is recognized as the official language of deaf people, is used as the first language in education of deaf people and is recognized as the main means of communication between deaf persons and others. There are no government measures to encourage media and other forms of public information to make their services accessible to persons with disabilities. None of the following measures 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 or easy readers for persons with mental disabilities.

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 sometimes consulted, when laws and regulations with a disability aspect are being prepared. Consultations occur at the national level. No support is given by the government to existing or new organizations of persons with disabilities. Persons with disabilities participate to a very limited extent in government, legislatures, judicial authorities, 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, contribute to public awareness 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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