Promotion of Independent Living of Persons with Disabilities
On December 3, 2015, on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, the Public Defender held a meeting with representatives of the Governmental Administration, Ministries and non-governmental organizations. The topic of the meeting was "Promotion of independent living of persons with disabilities."
A number of citizens, who had encountered various obstacles in their independent living, have addressed the Public Defender in 2015. Their problems were mainly related to adequate housing, education, employment, health, social security and other issues.
Although the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has taken effect in Georgia, it is still a challenge for many people to have access to physical environment, infrastructure, transport and information, as well as to realize the right to adequate housing, health, employment, quality and continuous inclusive education. These problems are particularly acute for persons with disabilities living state care, since they are unprepared for independent living without adequate support from the state.
In August 2015 the Public Defender addressed the Government of Georgia with a proposal to provide legislative regulation of support measures for independent living of persons with disabilities leaving care, through engagement of responsible ministries, in compliance with the commitments under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; in particular, to develop a strategy and an action plan on support measures for independent living of persons with disabilities leaving care, through engagement of responsible state agencies and persons with disabilities, which will provide practical implementation of the rights guaranteed by the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
The discussion was attended by persons with disabilities, representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science, the Ministry of Labour, Health and Social Affairs and non-governmental organizations working in this field.