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Equal opportunities for everyone

18 December 2012

An EU supported study highlighting the needs of people with disabilities was presented on 13 November. In order to identify the main problems, surveys were conducted in 4 regions of Armenia (Lori, Shirak, Aragatsotn and Gegharkunik). The key methodology of the study involved face-to-face interviews with disabled people and other project counterparts.
In Armenia the UN Convention on “The Rights of Persons with Disabilities” was ratified in 2010, which implies policy directed towards the inclusion of persons with disabilities into society and, as a final impact – the improvement of the lives of persons with disabilities in Armenia. However, the results of the survey conducted within the framework of the “Everything for us with us” project showed many unsolved problems. In all marzes the unemployment index exceeds 80% for people with disabilities and there is no possibility for them to make use of public transport or be involved in cultural life.
Legal consultation hotlines have been set up to voice their concerns and over the last two years there have been around 415 calls. Complaints were related to cases of rights abuses, as well as to healthcare and social services. According to project director, Souren Maghakian, the research conducted will contribute to making key recommendations for legislative reform.

State policy and procedure need to be improved leading to a more professional approach by state authorities and organisations. To address the low level of awareness of people with disabilities, which remains a key concern, the project continues to organise informative seminars.

The general goal of the EU-funded “Everything for us, with us” project implemented by “Full Life” NGO is to contribute to the protection of the rights of people with disabilities, while involving civil society and disseminating democratic values.

Equal opportunities for everyone

An EU supported study highlighting the needs of people with disabilities was presented on 13 November. In order to identify the main problems, surveys were conducted in 4 regions of Armenia (Lori, Shirak, Aragatsotn and Gegharkunik). The key methodology of the study involved face-to-face interviews with disabled people and other project counterparts. In Armenia the UN Convention on "The Rights of Persons with Disabilities" was ratified in 2010, which implies policy directed towards the inclusion of persons with disabilities into society and, as a final impact - the improvement of the lives of persons with disabilities in Armenia. However, the results of the survey conducted within the framework of the "Everything for us with us" project showed many unsolved problems. In all marzes the unemployment index exceeds 80% for people with disabilities and there is no possibility for them to make use of public transport or be involved in cultural life. Legal consultation hotlines have been set up to voice their concerns and over the last two years there have been around 415 calls. Complaints were related to cases of rights abuses, as well as to healthcare and social services. According to project director, Souren Maghakian, the research conducted will contribute to making key recommendations for legislative reform. State policy and procedure need to be improved leading to a more professional approach by state authorities and organisations. To address the low level of awareness of people with disabilities, which remains a key concern, the project continues to organise informative seminars. The general goal of the EU-funded "Everything for us, with us" project implemented by "Full Life" NGO is to contribute to the protection of the rights of people with disabilities, while involving civil society and disseminating democratic values.