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People with disabilities at the centre of attention

14 June 2013

A new EU-funded project called “Inclusive Decisions for Equal and Accountable Society (IDEAS)” was launched on 12 June 2013.
The 3-year project is aimed at forming a system, with the help of which people with disabilities, as well as organisations representing their rights, will have opportunity to take part in decision-making processes jointly with local authorities and civil society representatives.
The projectcovers6 countries: Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Lebanon and Ukraine. The project is being implemented by the British Council in partnership with “Unison” NGO in Armenia, as well as leading civil society organisations in the other 5 participating countries.
Before the first project event – the Future Search Conference – Arevik Saribekyan, the Director of the British Council Armenian Branch, Armen Alaverdyan, the Executive Director of “Unison” NGO, and Vache Terteryan, the First Deputy Minister of the Territorial Administration of Armenia, gave a press conference, explaining the important aspects of the project and the needs for its successful implementation.
IDEAS will be implemented in three stages: ‘The first stage will be for studying international best practice in this field. During the second stage, seminars and training sessions will be organised for the project beneficiaries to make it possible for them to realise the system. The third phase, which is the most important for me, is working with society and people with disabilities,’ said Saribekyan. He went on to say that it was very important to underline that the goal of the project was to promote the participation of people with disabilities in decision-making processes not only when the matter was related especially to them, but in general.

Terteryan stressed that the implementation of IDEAS in local self-governing bodies was an essential aspect of the project: ‘Local self-governing systems particularly face problems involving people with disabilities in decision-making processes’.

The Future Search Conference was held on 12-14 June and was aimed atproviding a space for thorough discussion. Michael Moore, an expert from the United Kingdom, led the conference. Participants included representatives from governmental and non-governmental organisations, as well as from mass media. It focused attention on existing problems with regard to issues related to people with disabilities. Possibilities for solutions were discussed and an action plan was formed.

People with disabilities at the centre of attention

A new EU-funded project called “Inclusive Decisions for Equal and Accountable Society (IDEAS)” was launched on 12 June 2013. The 3-year project is aimed at forming a system, with the help of which people with disabilities, as well as organisations representing their rights, will have opportunity to take part in decision-making processes jointly with local authorities and civil society representatives. The projectcovers6 countries: Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Jordan, Lebanon and Ukraine. The project is being implemented by the British Council in partnership with “Unison” NGO in Armenia, as well as leading civil society organisations in the other 5 participating countries. Before the first project event – the Future Search Conference – Arevik Saribekyan, the Director of the British Council Armenian Branch, Armen Alaverdyan, the Executive Director of “Unison” NGO, and Vache Terteryan, the First Deputy Minister of the Territorial Administration of Armenia, gave a press conference, explaining the important aspects of the project and the needs for its successful implementation. IDEAS will be implemented in three stages: ‘The first stage will be for studying international best practice in this field. During the second stage, seminars and training sessions will be organised for the project beneficiaries to make it possible for them to realise the system. The third phase, which is the most important for me, is working with society and people with disabilities,’ said Saribekyan. He went on to say that it was very important to underline that the goal of the project was to promote the participation of people with disabilities in decision-making processes not only when the matter was related especially to them, but in general. Terteryan stressed that the implementation of IDEAS in local self-governing bodies was an essential aspect of the project: ‘Local self-governing systems particularly face problems involving people with disabilities in decision-making processes’. The Future Search Conference was held on 12-14 June and was aimed atproviding a space for thorough discussion. Michael Moore, an expert from the United Kingdom, led the conference. Participants included representatives from governmental and non-governmental organisations, as well as from mass media. It focused attention on existing problems with regard to issues related to people with disabilities. Possibilities for solutions were discussed and an action plan was formed.